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Line Selection

Updated: Dec 15, 2023

There are a number of different line technologies on the market today. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages that anglers can use to to their benefit. The three most prevalent types of line on the market today are braid, fluorocarbon, and monofilament. Check below to see a comparison of their properties and most ideal use:

Braided Line Properties

- Floats

- Highly Visible To Fish

- No Stretch

- Thinest Diameter For Line Rating

- Most Sensitive

Applications: Mainline, Weedy Applications, Jigs, Texas Rigs, Where sturdy hookset and lots of power is needed

Fluorocarbon Line Properties

- Sinks

- Invisible To Fish

- Some Stretch

- Moderate Diameter For Line Rating

Applications: Leader Material, Clear Water, Rocky Applications, Crankbaits, Jerkbaits,

Monofilament Line Properties

- Floats

- Visible To Fish

- Lots of Stretch

- Thickest Diameter For Line Rating

- Least Sensitive

Applications: Leader material, Stained Water, Topwater

Often times the most standard approach for anglers to use is a braided mainline with a fluorocarbon leader. This allows high degree of sensitivity as well as well as keeping the line out of sight from fish to help increase bites!

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