Braided Fishing Line VS
monofilament And When To Use Each One
One of the big dilemmas in the world of fishing is whether to use
The Difference Between Mono and Braided Line
First of all, let’s cover how mono and braided lines are different from one another.
Braided line is considerably stronger with a smaller diameter than mono. That means you can spool more line onto your reel, and you can cast further with lighter lures or rigs. The ability to fire a cast way out into any spot in your vicinity is a reason that anglers tout braided line.
Ease of Knot Tying
monofilament is often the best line to teach new anglers how to fish. A big part of the reason is that it’s far easier to learn to tie knots with mono than braided.You can quickly learn how to tie a variety of effective knots with mono, and mono knots tend to hold fast and true. Braided, on the other hand, can be a bit more difficult.Certain common fishing knots will frequently break if you tie them with braided line. On top of that, braided line is thinner, which can make knot tying a little more difficult.As a result, many people will start their children or other new anglers on mono line regardless of whether they ultimately prefer mono or braided.It’s also worth mentioning that braided line is easier to cut yourself on than mono – Another reason mono is better for youngsters.
monofilament line is far more prone to stretching than braided line. There are pluses and minuses to each line type’s stretch qualities.Braided line gives unparalleled feel when fishing – while retrieving a lure you’ll feel the slightest snag or bite. And setting a hook with braided line, especially at long distances, is far easier than with mono.But there are disadvantages to that lack of stretch. Braided line is far more likely to break on a heavy strike than mono. If you don’t have your drag set perfectly, braided line can easily snap on you while fighting a fish.
As I mentioned before, braided line tends to be stronger than mono. Where this can come in handy is when pulling a fish quickly out of a lot of structure. Being able to muscle a fish in from around structure is an advantage for braided line.
monofilament is cheaper per yard than braided. Historically, this has been one of the biggest factors for anglers who use mono.Over the past few years, the price of braided line has come down somewhat. It’s still more expensive than mono, but the gap isn’t as large as it used to be. Regardless, if you’re looking for value, mono is the way to go.
In especially clear waters, mono is far less visible to fish than braided line. In fact, when fishing with braided line many anglers set up a fluorocarbon leader to avoid spooking skittish fish.Even with a leader, braided line is often a poor choice for clear water, as fish will sometimes simply not bite if you’re using braided line.
Braided line is known for being more durable and longer lasting than mono line. Champions of braided tend to point out that the durability of braided line offsets the initial cost being more. They argue that if you have to replace your mono line more frequently, it balances out the cost.
There’s one area where braided line is less durable than mono, though – If you’re expecting to drag your line against rocks or other rough outcroppings, braided will wear out quickly. Check out this experiment on abrasion resistance that the folks over at Saltstrong performed. It’s pretty telling.
When to Use
monofilament vs Braided Fisihing Line
While you’ll hear some people say that mono or braided are always superior, the reality is that each have their uses.
When to Use
monofilament Fishing Line
If you’re going to be trolling, use mono. When fish strike, the line is far less likely to break. The same goes for fishing with live bait.
Children and other new anglers should use mono as they get used to tying fishing knots. And any fishing in dramatically clear waters is a time when mono is probably the best choice.
When to Use Braided Fishing Line
If you’re fishing near structure or in heavy cover, braided line gives you the power you need to wrestle fish to the boat or shore. If you need to be able to cast long distances, braided gets the edge.
When working most kinds of lures, whether that be spinners, plugs or any others, braid’s sensitivity and responsiveness is a big plus. The same goes for jigging, where the ability to feel strikes is key.
Pros and Cons of
monofilament and Braided Fishing Lines
Finally, I’ll recap the strengths and weaknesses of each type of line.
- Easier to tie knots, and knots hold up better
- Less visible in clear waters
- Extra stretch quality means violent hits are less likely to break the line
- Least expensive line option
- Can’t put as much line on the reel
- Casts don’t go as far as braided
- Generally needs to be replaced more frequently
- Isn’t as responsive and sensitive as braided
- Far stronger for its thickness
- Allows for greater cast distance
- Increased sensitivity allows you to feel strikes better
- Better responsiveness allows for strong hook sets
- More durable over time
- More expensive than mono line
- Lack of stretch can more easily lead to the line breaking
- Not as good for fishing skittish fish in clear waters
- Difficult to tie knots, and the line can cut an unwary hand
In the end, it’s not possible to say that mono is always better than braided, or vice versa. There are situations where each type of line shines. When picking out the line that’s right for you, think about the way you’re going to be fishing, and what attributes are right for you. And you still can’t decide, simply try them both. Experience can be the best teacher, and over time you’ll find the line that works best for you.