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Line - Four Choices

The February Bassmaster magazine had a great article on the line selection - very educational. The author, Frank Sergeant, summed up the problem with his introductory line, "It used to be a simple question – Trilene or Stren?"

To bottom line the discussion, there are four major types of line on the market today; monofilament, flouorocarbon, braid and co-polymer. Each has advantages and challenges that you should consider as you get ready to complete your Spring re-spooling of all of your reels.

Monofilament

  • Less Durable
  • Stretches
  • Brittle with Age
  • Good Knot Strength
  • Cheap
  • Castable

Flouorocarbon

  • Invisible
  • Sinks
  • Wear Resistant
  • Lasts Longer
  • Stiff, Not As Castable
  • Some Not Slippage

Braid

  • Very Strong
  • Small Diameter
  • No Stretch
  • Floats
  • Good for Heavy Cover
  • Expensive
  • Long Life
  • Highly Visible

Copolymer

  • Multiple Flouorocarbon Type Resins
  • Abrasion Resistant
  • Low Stretch
  • Good Knot Strength
  • Low Memory

Your personal fishing style should dictate your selection. My personal preference is to always fish with at least 2 rods. I rig one with braid and the other with Mono. I'm not good enough to worry about the nuances... But maybe that's what's keeping me from catching more fish!

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