Fishing is a relaxing hobby that is perfect if you want to get away from it all and spend a nice day watching the water and hopefully catching a few fish in the process. But before you get into fishing, you need to make sure that you have all of the right gear.
This quick guide will give you a rundown of everything that you need on your trip, but many beginners are a bit lost when it comes to buying the actual fishing gear itself. Knowing what kind of fishing line can be particularly tough. There are three main types; monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braid. This article will give you a quick overview of the different types and help you decide which is best for you.
Monofilament line is one of the most common lines used by anglers because it’s durable and will last you a full fishing season, as long as you look after it properly. It needs to be kept in the dark when you are not using it if you want to increase its longevity. In most cases, monofilament lines are quite limp and they don’t have much memory, which means that they shouldn’t tangle very easily. This is a big advantage for all anglers but especially people that are new to fishing. However, some low-quality options will curl when they are on the spool and this can lead to tangles, so make sure that you invest in a good quality monofilament line.
Once you are a bit more experienced with fishing and you are venturing into harder waters where the fish are more cautious, you will probably have more success with a Fluorocarbon line. The best fluorocarbon line will be almost invisible in the water so the fish won’t spot it and be spooked, even in the clearest conditions. It’s also a lot denser than other types of fishing lines, so it sinks very quickly. It can be used on a lot of different types of reels but it’s widely considered to be the best option for high-end professional anglers reels.
Braid is made in a different way from monofilament and fluorocarbon. Instead of a single line, it is made from lots of different strands that are braided together. This gives it a lot of strength, so you can find a line with a low-diameter and high breaking strength. This is particularly important if you are aiming for very large fish. It also has zero stretch and memory, which makes it great for lure fishing.
Overall, beginners should probably start with a monofilament line because it’s a great all-rounder. However, as your fishing experience grows and you are moving into more difficult waters, fluorocarbon is the best choice because it’s almost invisible, still very durable, and works with most reels. The best way to determine which line is best for you is to practice and try out a lot of different options. If the fish are biting, that’s a good sign and you’ve probably found the right line!