Fishing Line Buying Guide

Fishing Line Buying Guide

Fishing Line selection is very very important and there are many different types, weights and materials now available on the market. The fishing line is considered by many to be the most crucial piece of equipment in many ways as it presents the bait to the fish and is then also used to secure a catch. Here are the four main types of Fishing Line;


  • This line is generally constructed to be very thin, it does not stretch and is very strong so it works well in water where there may be obstacles. Braided lines may however damage the rod due to the stiff nature of the line.


  • This is stretchy in order to absorb shock and it shouldn't damage a rods guides or spools. It is very easy to work with and is a favourite with anglers of all abilities.


  • This line is very tick and very durable. It is hard to detect by fish as it blends in with the water.

4.Trolling Line

  • Very heavy line so that it can sink to deep water and remain at that depth is a fisherman so requires/.

Fishing Line Diameter

This is rated in pounds so anglers can choose a suitable line based upon the size and weight of fish they are looking to catch. Common sizes run from 4 pounds to well over 10 pounds. In addition to the diameter, Anglers need to also consider the length which needs to be long enough to reach the desired type of fish.

Fishing Line Colour

It is important that the line blends in with the environment it is being used in to avoid detection. There are many colours available, gold, blue, clear and green. A clear line may be used in ice fishing for example whereas a gold line is used for fishing in low light conditions. Fluorescent and blue lines are better for sunny says so that the Angler can see the line from the surface but not by the fish. Finally, green lines are designed to blend in with vegetation and algae rich waters.

Conditions & Line selection

You really must choose a line suitable for the type of fish you are seeking to catch and the conditions associated with where that fish lives. If the area has lots of broken branches, logs and vegetation then a heavy line is recommended, a heavy line can also withstand rough weather conditions far better than a thin line. If you are a beginner, or a youth / child then a monofilament line would be more suitable as it is easier to work with in calmer water conditions.

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