Fishing line is not one of the most thought about accessories for this great outdoor sport, but it really is one of the most important. While anglers focus on which rod and reel to buy and what is the best bait for different types of fish, fishing line often gets pushed into the background. It is, however, really one of the most important purchases you make when it comes to landing more fish.
After all, if the fishing line is not strong enough, the fish will get away every time. Read on to learn more about line weights, materials and more characteristics that separate the good from the bad.
The two main types of fishing line our monofilament line and braided line. Monofilament usually costs less than braided, it can come in both clear and blue colors so the fish cannot see them easily and is quite good for most fishing needs. If you are going after exceptionally large or strong fish, you should choose braid fishing line instead. It is stronger and resists twisting and curling more than the monofilament line does.
Also, because it is not stretchy, all the raw power of the fish is translated directly up to the rod and reel, which may necessitate a more careful reel in.
There is also fishing line specifically designed for fly fishing, a new development of fluorocarbon line, which is more frequently used only or leaders near the hook, and also wire fishing line to use only when going after the largest salt water fish.