4 Types of Fishing Lines in 2020: Pros and Cons

Were going to talk to you about fishing lines. Mono versus Brain versus Fluoro—all the different types of lines out there, what to choose, when to use it the worst?

 There are four types of fishing lines:

  •  Monofilament
  •  Braid
  •  Fluorocarbon
  •  Hybrids.

 When choosing between these four different lines, there is a lot of different factors to keep in mind. Lets go through some of the pros and cons of each type. 


Some of the characteristics of Mono:

  • Cheap 
  • Abrasion-resistance
  • Stretchy
  • Lots of memory
  • Thicker
  • Gets line twist


 About the most common form of line, that would be Monofilament.  Ive got a box of Berkley trialing 20 pound 270-yard bottom kind of a low-end monofilament for this entire school. 

If you want to get something cheap, monofilament, its hands down your best option. Monofilament is typically a half to a third the cost of high-end florals and braids. 



 This can be a good thing or a bad thing. It could act as a shock absorber, which makes it less likely for the fish to break off. But stretchability also reduces your hook stick. If youre a bad fisherman, and you just want to drive that hook home, then you know monofilament is going to have some stretch to it. 

Monofilament also doesnt sink very well.   If you are looking to try to eat your lure to sink as quickly and deeply as possible, something like Fluorocarbons is going to be a better option.


One of the strengths of monofilament is that its very abrasion resistant, so it handled nicks and dings and scratches much better than Braid does. If youre in a location where theres going to be lots of nicks and dings and scratches.

 Mono often works there and Brave oftentimes all use owes a monofilament leader when I’m fishing with mainline braid. Because I know the end of my line to be beaten up a lot so I make the last bit of my line monofilament. But then I can have the benefits of the parade on the mainline. 


Monofilament is also a lot chunkier. Its a thicker diameter. So a 20-pound test Line Monofilament is going to be much thicker than a 20-pound braid. Its a huge difference.

For instance, you can fit a lot more Braid on a school than you can Monofilament. This is a blessing and a curse you can get more line capacity. But it costs more money and it takes more line to fill up the reel.

Lots of memory

Some other things develop all Mono is, it has more memory than braid. It is a blessing and a curse. When I memory, I mean is when you kink it up instead, it stays kinked. 

If you wrap braids around an object and undo it stays curly. This can be good for leaders when you want your leader to be stiff so it doesnt tangle up during casting. But it can also cause a lot more rats nest and line twists. 

Get line twisted

When youre using a spinning rail, youre lying tends to get twisted and twisted and twisted, and then suddenly youll start to see these little loops forming on your spool and you get. 

These rats nests it gets worse and worse. And worse you can fix this through a variety of methods. But if you switch to braided line. You dont have to deal with line twists.


Some of the characteristics of Braid:

  • Very thin
  • Casts further
  • Fit more braid on reel
  • No memory
  • More expensive than Mono
  • Poor abrasion resistance
  • No stretch

 More expensive than Mono

Braided line is about two to three times more expensive than Monofilament that comes with some real advantages.

Very thin

First off, Monofilament is about 80 thicker than braided line. And so you can get a much thinner line up for the same pound for pound. 

No stretch

Braided line doesnt have any stretch. So you get much better sensitivity. You can feel whats going on at the end of your line. Much better bite detection that our hook set, there are some real advantages. 

No memory

The other thing about braided line I know is it doesnt have any memory and so you dont get things like line twists with braided line. 

Not all reels can handle having a braided line attached directly to the spool. When the weather gets really cold and dry your line will slip on the school. 

A lot of people even take a little bit of electrical tape and wrap it around the school before putting on braided line. Or theyll put a Monofilament backing. After they get about you know 100 feet of monofilament on the school then theyll attach the brain.

Fit more braid on reel

 Another thing to keep in mind is that not all braids are created equal. Braids are as the name suggests braided line. So the weave is really important. How many weaves per inch is a sign of quality. 

Spider wire has a lot more sometimes triple or quadruple. The number of weave per inch compared to cheaper lines. This is important because a tighter smaller weave will make for better castability and better durability on your rod. 

Poor abrasion resistance

You might have heard stories about peoples eyelets being sawn, sawn through vibrated line, and braided line ruining the eyelets on fishing rods. Thats particularly true with cheap braided line. Because the weave is so chunky. Its much more like this like a saw. 

If you use a high-quality braided line, its much smoother through the eyelets and it wont damage your eyelet. I’ve never had any problem with firewire damaging. 

Also, you need great castability because they put a coating on the braid that.


Casts further 

The spider water stealth and the spire spider wire ultra cast are both two products that have a coating that makes it cast really block. I’m a huge fan of spider wire, and I’ve been using it for years.

Additionally, they sell it and I get it in the 15 hundred yard schools or the three thousand yards market and that allowed me to just fool up six seven eight nine reels or whatever and save a lot of money. 


Some of the characteristics of Fluorocarbon:

  • More expensive than Mono or Braid
  • Abrasion Resistance
  • Stretchy
  • Lots of memory
  • Knots can slip
  • Gets line twist
  • See-through
  • Sinks well
  • Thinner than Mono

Fluorocarbon is one of our newer types of life. Fluorocarbon looks a lot like monofilament, But its different in a couple ways.

Sinks well

First, our carbon sinks a lot more aggressively than both braids and monofilament. If youre trying to get your lure down deep quickly fluorocarbon is the way to go.

Initially, if your bank fishing, bait fishing like jazz fishermen and carp fisherman and you get a lot of boat traffic work or people are driving over your lines, using fluorocarbon can be a great help because you put a little slack in your line, your line sinks. And it keeps it out from that boat traffic. So thats a decent thing to do.


Additionally, fluorocarbon is see-through, so its harder for fish to detect in clear water. If youre a bad fisherman or a carp Fisherman or one of these fishing for these really tricky site-based fish, having an invisible line can be helpful. In super Clear Water Fluorocarbon can be a real make-or-break difference. 

Knots can slip

One problem with lower carbon is it tends to slip with knots. Youll it has this weird memory with it. Not all knots work well with fluorocarbon. But if you do a really high quality a knot generally, youre okay. But some people be complaining that their simpler knots dont seem to hold with fluorocarbon. 

More expensive than Mono or Braid

Another difference between monofilament fluorocarbon is the price, Both these boxes are twenty pounds test. Its price is so close to twice the price for fluorocarbon. Some of the other brands I like to use or a pee line where I need. Its not too expensive before carving and see yard. I use Seaguar fluorocarbon for my leaders hours most of the time.  These are two brands are really like.


Some of the characteristics of Hybrid:

  • Most expensive
  • Thinnest line
  • No stretch
  • No memory
  • Floats
  • Some abrasion resistance
  • Works best for small diameters

Some abrasion resistance

Theyre basically braided lines that are heat-treated to fuse them together. They act a little bit like monofilament a little bit like a braid. 

They may have better abrasion resistance than normal braids and they have great castability and a lot of the positive features of a braid. 

Most expensive

The hybrid lines like the Berkeley fire line and the Berkeley nano file are really special. 

The downside idea is kind of expensive stuff and its hard to find in a big school so this Berkley fireline crystal 20-pound stuff at 125 yards. Half the amount as the mono is 15, I’m getting half the lining for almost twice the price. Its pushing three to four times the cost of monotony. Its a really high-end stuff, and it tends to only come in these small schools.

Works best for small diameters

One of the reasons why is I find that fireline works best for a small diameter line is the advantages of the fireline line work best with like a 4-pound test, Six-pound test, a pound test. I just rarely use it for anything bigger than ten pounds.

No memory

 It works really good on ultralight rods. When youre finesse fishing for bass, the property or bluegill, or something like that. Instead of being cast super far and its really strong. 

Thinnest line

The fire lines unique because its not a round line, its shaped more like dental floss. Its like a ribbon a small very very small flat ribbon. 

No stretch

The nano file is also a great product. But once again its best for a lot of small stuff six pounds eight pounds. I use it for trout fishing, crappie, bluegill, bass. 

Hopefully, this article gave you some ideas on the pros and cons of the different types of lines. SAM AND MARY always tell people if youre going to spend money on fishing gear, invest it in good line and good looks way before you buy expensive fishing rods and reels.

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