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Fishing Lines-General Info

There are many different types of fishing line available but for the purpose of this blog i will just stick to the most common ones used in coarse fishing. The strength of a line is measured in what is referred to as the  “breaking strain”. For example a line with a breaking strain of  3 pound is at risk of snapping if the weight on the end of it exceeds this.

Monofilament line

Monofilament line (also referred to as mono) is a single strand line made from nylon.  An advantage of using mono line is it’s elasticity, this is the ability it has to stretch which absorbs any sudden shock to the line like when a fish suddenly makes a run for freedom. This should not be treated as a substitute for the drag setting on a reel and should never be relied upon. The angler should always ensure that the drag settings are set to a suitable level for the line in use.

The higher the breaking strain of the line the thicker the diameter will be. A thin line has the advantage of being less visible to the fish and also allows the bait with the hook embedded to behave more naturally as it is more flexible.The less naturally your bait behaves will spook the fish and they will become more wary if not completely ignoring your offerings altogether and moving on. This point is worth remembering as it can be a very good indication that you need to scale your line down to a more flexible one if you are not getting many bites.

Mono line over time will break down and lose elasticity or stretch lowering the breaking strain which makes the line weaker. There are a number of  factors that can contribute to this here are the three  main culprits…

  • Ultra violet light emitted by the sun will weaken mono so when storing your line try to keep it in a dark place away from sunlight.
  • Tying knots in a line also weakens it and it is a good idea to wet the line with a little spit before you pull a knot tight as this acts as a lubricant and reduces line damage.
  • Squeezing shot onto the line when float fishing crushes the line and weakens it at the point the shot is applied. Keep this in mind when setting up a previously used line it may be better for you to cut off the end of the line that had shot on it before and start with a fresh piece.

It is a good idea to replace your reel line completely every so often to reduce the risk of this happening. The cost of this is quite low and far better than experiencing the agony of a lot of lost fish.

Please always remember to dispose of scrap line sensibly NEVER leave it on the bank for other wildlife to get tangled up in or choke on.

Braided Line

Also known as braid, this line is stronger and more supple than a mono line of the same diameter which gives it the advantage of presenting the bait more naturally.

It is more expensive than mono and a common way it is used is to attach a length of  it to the end of your mono mainline, this is referred to as a hook length. In this way of fishing you have got the benefit of a more natural bait presentation on a strong line coupled with the elasticity of the mono. Braid lacks the elasticity or stretch that mono has and is more like string as it interwoven in the same way.

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