There are so many lines on the market today it may seem impossible to figure out which is best for you to use without forking over a fortune to figure it out. Here is some information about your current choices and some characteristics to help you decide.
Monofilament line has been the most popular line for years due to its versatility and low cost compared to the other lines. This line works very well on spinning reels and casts small weights well also. It is very flexible and stretchy allowing it to spool very well. Also, this stretchy trait can be a benefit should you get into a larger fish than anticipated. You can slow play a fish if you need and bring in a catch much larger than the pound rating of the line by several fold.
Fluorocarbon line extremely popular due to the fact that its refractive index is so close to water that is almost disappears. In clear water with a shy bite, this line is king. However, this line can be difficult to manage on a spinning reel due to its resistance to line twist. Anything over an 8lb test is not recommended by most anglers. It does lay well on baitcasters for these heavier lines
Fused lines are super strong with a very small diameter. An 8lb test Fireline has the same diameter of a 4lb. These lines are very sensitive due to their lack of stretch. This line floats and will keep your bait higher in the water. Also, due to the slick nature of this line, knots can slip as well as the line on the spool. There are remedies to these problems, both homespun and by the manufactures, but not all work. Manufactures have even invented special knots to combat the bad press on these lines. It is also very hard to cut without a sharp knife or scissors and can be brutal on hands and equipment..
Braided lines are much like fused lines in characteristics. This is the strongest line of the choices detailed in this article. The small diameter of the line has tremendous strength with no stretch for great sensitivity. Again slipping is a problem for both the knots and on the spool. This line can also fray as it is susceptible to wear. It is also hard on hands and equipment and very hard to cut or break when snagged.
Nothing is like getting it in your own hands and trying it for yourself, but hopefully this information can help you to start down the right road for you. What works for your water and setup will not work for the next guy. Go ahead and listen to all the advice out there but don't be bullied into doing what everyone else thinks you should do and just trust your gut. It knows best. 5 million doughnut shops can't be wrong.
I am a lifelong multi-specie fisherman from the Midwest. I have fished for most freshwater species of North America plus a few slat water species for fun. While I enjoy fishing for all of these various species I inescapably return to the type of fishing I personally enjoy the most, Bluegill fishing. I am not a paid fishing professional or sponsored by any company, so my experiences are those of an average fisherman that has to pay for what I use fitting my trips around work and family. Follow this link to learn more aboutfishing for bluegills and various techniques to catch bigger bluegills at bluegillworld.com.
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