Monofilament VS Fluorocarbon
It’s a struggle every fisherman has encountered at some point. Your bags are packed, and everything is just right for fishing, but you remember you need to pick up more fishing line before you head out for the day. You stop at your local tackle supply shop and standing there in the aisle you start to wonder
“What kind of fishing line do I buy?”
It comes down to
The price tag staring you in the face clearly shows fluorocarbon is more expensive but does that mean it is a superior line?
If you have ever found yourself in this scenario asking these same questions, then this article was written just for you. After all, the only connection you have between you and that fish is your fishing line. Let’s jump right into the key differences between these two fishing lines.
Main Differences Between
monofilament and Fluorocarbon
According to Deneki.com “…fluorocarbon is a much harder material than
Lets take a closer look at some of the differences in specific characteristics of these fishing lines.
Below I’ll explain the differences between these two types of fishing lines regarding these specific characteristics. They are:
- Ability to Tie Knots
- Overall Value
Fluorocarbon line is practically invisible in and out of the water and definitely less visible than monofilament. This added transparency is excellent because you are less likely to spook the fish.
Fluorocarbon line is denser than water meaning it is going to sink which is very important for trout and bottom feeder fisherman but a real drag when bobber fishing, drifting, or skating flies on the surface.
Fluorocarbon line is undeniably a thinner and stronger material than
Fluorocarbon material is highly resistant to the elements, whereas
Ability to Tie Knots
An often overlooked facet of selecting fishing line is knotability. The weakest link in your setup is always your knot and making sure your fishing line is suitable for the job is very important. In this regard, the
With fluorocarbon being so stiff you have to really be careful and take your time when tying the knot to make sure the knot seats just right so you can avoid knot breakage or slippage. When going after larger fish that require larger diameter lines, you’ll want to go with
There isn’t a clear-cut winner in the case of
Critics of fluorocarbon say it is overpriced, too stiff, and prone to memory issues making it a less manageable fishing line. Proponents, however, say it is a cutting-edge fishing line that is stronger, denser, and practically invisible making it a superior line.
Fluorocarbon fishing line has several advantages over traditional