Fishing Line

Fishing Line

Thats a nice study which you will find the real strength of some model of lines, compare to written values :

fishing line strengths

Determine beforehand the kind of Fishing Rod and Fishing Reel that you have. This is necessary because these and the Fishing Line work hand in hand so all of them must be compatible. For instance, choose a thin Fishing Line if you will use a Spinning Reel or Spincasting Reel. Find the kind of Fishing Line which is suitable to your Fishing Tackle.

Characteristics

Lines have various characteristics, and you need to know them so that you can pick the one which is suitable to the water where you will be fishing and to the fish you are after. Some of these characteristics include the weights, colors, and the stiffness or limpness.

  • Fishing Line Thickness and Carrying Weights
    If fishing line has a higher pound test, it has a thicker diameter, and it is stronger. But bear in mind that you must suit your line to what fish you are after and the size of your spool on the Fishing Reel. Determine the test strength of the Fishing Lines. If you are not yet sure, pick a heavier Fishing Line. Fishing Lines with smaller diameter and lower pound test are better used with Spinning or Spincasting Reels. As an example, we suggest 0.25 to 0.3mm monofilament line or 0.2 mm braided line if you are targetting small fishes upto 3 to 5 kgs from the shoreline whether for casting or bait fishing, whereas 1.2 mm monofilament for deep sea hand line or 0.5 mm braided line for trolling reel spooling.
  • Standards:
    • Pound Test: (PTL, Test(lb), lbT) The weight that line can carry without breaking. Widely used by US makers.
    • Pound class: (PCL, Class(lb), IbC) The weight that line definitely breaks, but it might break on a weight less then that. Widely used by Japanese makers. They also use PE rating system for thickness, you can find the details below.
      Japanese PE Diameter(mm)
      PE 0.6 0.128
      PE 0.8 0.148
      PE 1.0 0.165
      PE 1.2 0.185
      PE 1.5 0.205
      PE 1.7 0.218
      PE 2.0 0.235
      PE 2.5 0.260
      PE 3.0 0.285
      PE 3.5 0.310
      PE 4.0 0.330
      PE 5.0 0.370
      PE 6.0 0.405
      PE 7.0 0.435
      PE 8.0 0.470
      PE 9.0 0.505
      PE 10.0 0.535
  • Fishing Line Colors
    There are instances where you need to see the line, and sometimes, you do not want the fish to see it. This can be resolved by using the right color of the line. Sunlight illuminates clear or blue fluorescent Fishing Lines so they are easy to see when you are casting and retrieving. Green lines blend well on waters with heavy vegetation or algae, while coffee lines work well in fishing in muddy waters. We suggest transparent or green lines for UAE.
  • Fishing Line Flexibility
    Generally, the bigger the diameter, the stiffer your Fishing Line is, and stiffness usually adds strength to the Fishing Line. Stiffer Fishing Line works well on Baitcasting Reels. On the other hand, many limper Fishing Lines are manufactured for some types of Fishing Reels for easier casting and for some open Fishing areas with structures such as trees. More flexibility means hook will hardly get released from fish mouth, but less sensitivity. We suggest semi flexible lines for small fishes, stiff lines for big fishes.

Take note of these characteristics so that you can narrow down your selection of Fishing Lines.

Types

There are many types of Fishing Lines available on the market nowadyas. Some of these are: nylon monofilament, braided, and multifilament. It really depends on what kind of Fishing Line you need and want to have. Here are the advantages and the drawbacks of each type of Fishing Line:

Nylon monofilament Fishing Line
Mostly used, translucent, generally cheap and is available in all pound-test kinds and comes in different colors. Because it is translucent, almost invisible to the fish. Easy to handle and casting. It can be used on Spinning Reels, Spincasting Reels, and Baitcasting Reels. But on the other side, it is not advisable to use a monofilament when you are fishing for deep water fish, since it can absorb water, resulting to loose knots, and its sensitivity can decrease when it is wet. Monofilaments can also weaken when exposed to heat and sun. Worse is, monofilaments have “memory”. This means that they keep their shape if they are stored for some time. In other words, a monofilament stored in a spool for quite a long time will likely to come off the Fishing Reel in coils or loops. Replace your monofilaments at least after every season, depending on how often you fish. Try to find a less memory ones when you buy.

Braided Fishing Line
In relation to its diameter, a braided Fishing Line is the strongest Fishing Line available. It is used mostly for long-line Fishing like deep trolling. Unlike a nylon monofilament, braided Fishing Line absorbs less water, so its great sensitivity remained the same even when wet. It also has no memory, so you do not have to worry about coils. It does not easily weaken due to sunlight. Braided Fishing Lines are resistant to abrasion. However, they are so tough that they can cause abrasion to other things like your hands, Fishing Rod, and Fishing Reel. Likewise, braided Fishing Line is opaque. That is why fish can see it and move away. Some attach a monofilament at the end of the braided Fishing Line to serve as a leader and to reduce the high visibility of the braided Fishing Line.

Multifilament Fishing Line
Multifilaments are probably the newest lines commercially available for Fishing enthusiasts. They are similar to braided Dacron in terms of sensitivity. A multifilament’s stretch is very little and this Fishing Line is made up of polyethylene strands which, by weight, are around five to 10 times sturdier as compared to steel. This Fishing Line is excellent when used on conventional and Baitcasting Reels, especially when you are after a larger fish. Sounds great? Yes, these characteristics make multifilaments better than monofilaments or braided Dacron. But a multifilament is far more expensive than its equivalent on monofilaments. Being so thin, just imagine the amount of multifilament you need in order to fill the spool of a reel.


There are many things to consider for buying a Fishing Line, anyway purchase a premium Fishing Line which meets your needs. You will soon realize the fact that it is worth-spending for.