Selecting the Right Fishing Line

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Fishing line on a spinning reel set against a Mercury outboard motor

There are basically three types of line: monofilaments, fluorocarbons, and braids.

You have to know some things before you make a selection.

What are you fishing for? For small fish and small lures with light tackle use monofilament. It’s relatively cheap and very versatile.

What kind of water are you fishing in? If it’s clear and shallow use fluorocarbon; it’s invisible in water.

If the water is deep, stained, or has a lot of structure, you’re better off with one of the braids.

How are you fishing? If you’re trolling, use braid—it has no stretch and it’s very sensitive,

If you’re baitcasting or jigging, you should also go with a braid—they’re easy to cast and very abrasion resistant.

If you’re still-fishing or spinning use monofilament or fluorocarbon.

And most importantly, is the line going to match the tackle you’re going to be using?

Angelo Viola

ANGELO VIOLA is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected outdoor enthusiasts. His passion for the outdoors and skills as a creative director / producer have served him well crafting a broadcasting career in TELEVISION and RADIO that spans over 30 years. His relentless pursuit of the ultimate adventure and the ability to share the moment with audiences landed him the “best jobs in the world”, co host of The Fish’n Canada Show, The Outdoor Journal Television Show and Outdoor Journal Radio. In 2010 Angelo was inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall Of Fame making him a true fishing legend.

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