Best Fishing Line For Spinning Reels
Got a spinning reel? Not sure which type of line to use with it?
Fear not, we've produced this guide to the different fishing line types and the best lines to use with your reel.
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Types Of Line For Spinning Reels
Braided Fishing Lines
Braid tends not to stretch and is extremely tough. Yup, these lines are the most resistant to damage and breaking out of the three. When you’re setting the hook, you’re less likely to lose the fish. In most cases the tense line helps set that hook and you can begin to start thinking about reeling in.
We recommend using braided lines if you’re fishing from a kayak. Because fishing from a kayak is the opposite in tense (floating on the water really doesn’t help!), countering with the tight and tense braid really helps out with the hook sets.
They are a lot thinner than the others. The line goes through the guides easier resulting in further casting. This is especially the case with light lures.
Top Tip for Braid: Fill the Spool!
It’s best to fill the spool up as much as possible. By doing this, there’s less friction between the line and the edge of the spool – making casting easier. So, use monofilament for at least the first third of the spool. Then use braided line onwards. This should help stop the braid from spinning on the reel.
Note that if you have bought a shorter line, it can be hard to know how much mono line to put on (if you used a big reel of braid, this issue doesn’t arise of course). This can mean either your braided line doesn’t fill the spool completely, or you waste a lot of line that can’t be used again.
To get around this you can ‘reverse’ the process if you have an identical spare spool. You just put the braided line on the spare first, then top up with mono line. Then remove the mono line from the spare spool, and wind it onto the main spool, followed by the braided line. This results in a perfectly proportioned mono/braid spool!
Make sure you have a durable reel that can handle the drag.
The other way to accomplish a good mono/braid ratio is to get your tackle store to do it for you!
A 6 pound braided line takes up less room as a 6 pound mono. This means that you get a lot more line on your spool.
With all of this goodness, there are some downsides too. The price for a start. Expect to pay up to 5 times more for a braided line. You ain’t getting the good stuff cheap! Having said that, compared to forking out for all the other essential fishing gear, the extra cost probably isn’t going to bankrupt you.
Also, the line is more visible to the fish. Yup, fish can see too! If fish see the line it may scare them off from biting.
Oh, and while high tension is a good thing generally (as we mentioned earlier), sometimes it can go against you. If a big strong fish bites and fights the line, it may be so strong that it can rip the hook right out of its mouth. If a mono or fluoro line was used, this might not have happened as the stretch may have lessened the chance of a vicious yank dislodging the hook.
So overall, braid lines are great for bass fishing in murky waters, especially when you want to cast further.
Monofilament Fishing lines
Ok, so now let us look at the cheapest lines out of the bunch. And yes, cost is one of the major benefits here.
Monofilament lines (often referred to as ‘mono’ lines) float well. So, for top water fishing (keeping the bait afloat), this is a good bet. Note that braid lines also float pretty good too!
Mono lines tend to have a lot more stretch in them and less tension compared to braid. So, if a fish bites, there’s less chance of losing it when you’re trying to reel it in because the hook won’t tear out of the fish’s mouth so easily.
On the flipside, because mono lines are less tense, they are less sensitive. So, it’s possible you have a bite but you may not necessarily feel it.
Braided lines can sit within their reels for months and keep their shape. One of the negative aspects of mono lines is that they tend to coil up more easily. This can result in coils and a mess in your reel, which can end up looking like spaghetti – in other words, all twisted up!
Mono lines are thicker than braided, resulting in less casting distance. Don’t assume that because it’s thicker it means that it’s stronger. Mono lines are more susceptible to breaking. So beware if you get caught up in the cover.
The sun will damage monofilament lines more easily (UV light are a killer). This means that you’re going to have to replace the line more often.
Monofilament lines are great for all-round fishing, and is a good choice for beginners.
Fluorocarbon Fishing Lines
Almost invisible under water. Fluorocarbon lines are great to use in clear water as there is less chance of the fish being scared off by the line.
Downsides are the price. While they mostly aren’t quite as expensive as braided lines, they are still way more expensive than monos.
Because of the lack of line memory, it’s also easier to twist up, resulting in tangles within your reel.
Like the mono lines, the line is relatively thicker too. So, they don’t cast as far and you are more limited to how much line you can fit onto your reel.
While not UV resistant, they sit somewhere in the middle of durability between braided and mono lines.
Following on from our braided tip earlier, it can be a good idea to place mono line on your reel first, then wind on fluorocarbon.
So, summing up, fluorocarbon lines are a good suit for clearwater fishing. But don’t be put off by the negatives we pointed out. Like most things in life, the more you pay the better the quality. Better quality means a tougher line with thinner line diameter. Also the higher quality fluorocarbon lines have a thicker coating on them, making them less prone to abrasion and damage.
Best Fishing Lines For Spinning Reels
1: Power Pro Spectra Fiber Braided Fishing Line (Braided)
Ok, so first up is our choice for braided fishing line. This extra strong line is also extra thin, giving you more sensitivity along with a line that is much less likely to break.
Comes in a variety of sizes and test weights, plus you can spool from the box.
2: Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon Fishing Line (Fluorocarbon)
This fluorocarbon line features a triple resin coating to help resist against abrasion.
It is recommended for heavy cover use and with its low memory, there’s less chance of the line spoiling in the reel.
3: Stren Original Service Spool (Monofilament)
With its tough knot strength, this offering from Stren is tough, abrasive resistant and would be a good consideration for beginners or occasional
What type of line do you use, and why? Tell us about it below!