Types of Fishing Lines


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Do you know that you can go fishing without a rod, nets, etc., but not without a fishing line? This shows the very importance of a fishing line in fishing/angling.

Other tools like fishing hooks, sinkers, floats, rod, reels, nets, etc., does matter but a fishing line is one of the most important.

This guide will help you understand the different types of fishing lines and their uses: the major ones and the minor ones.

What is a fishing line?

A fishing line is a cord (long threaded material) usually in the form of ropes, wires, and nylon used for angling. It is usually used with a fishing rod. Read about the different fishing rods‘ here.

Types of Fishing lines

Major Fishing lines

Monofilament or Nylon Fishing line

Monofilament lines are made of a polymer called polyamide,

For decades, anglers have only used nylon strings for the main and leader strings. Because it is suitable for all kinds of fishing and it is arguably one of the best invention ever. It comes in different colors such as Yellow, blue, white, etc. It is the most used fishing line due to its low cost, simplicity, etc.


To get optimum results, you can use this type of line for certain fishing techniques highlighted below:

Crank Baits and small shovels: You can use monofilament lines for both because they are of shallow depth. Its elongation capacity will allow you to absorb the shakes of the fish and will help you make the crampines stay inside the fish’s mouth;

Surface lures: You can also use it a lot with surface lures. In this process, you take advantage of the line’s ability to float in the water.

Bottom fishing: You can also use monofilament lines for bottom fishing, but use it in areas with little coverage or completely open waters.

Fluorocarbon lines

This type of fishing line on the market is a monofilament-shaped string made of polyvinylidene fluoride. It is well known for its invisibility in water and its abrasion resistance. These types of threads are widely used by fishermen who are adept at surfcasting. It should be used in very clear water.

Uses and advantages

Clear water: use fluorocarbon lines in clear water; this will help deceive the fish.

Medium to high crankbaits: You can use this line with medium to high depth crank baits, remember that one of the benefits of this line is that it does not float; this will help the blades to easily reach the depth for which they were designed, especially those for high depths.

Deep-sea fishing: You can use it in times when bass are very lethargic and the bites are very stealthy. Remember that the fluorocarbon line, due to its little or no elongation has a very high sensitivity, which will help you to feel any bite and to nail the hook more quickly since all the force exerted goes directly to it.

Braided Line

Braided lines consist of several interlaced threads, giving more excellent resistance and flexibility compared to other lines. It’s made up of several threads of polyethylenes like Spectra, Dacron, Dyneema, etc

Braided lines are fishing lines that are produced from the braided process.

The best-braided strings are suitable for long-string fishing, such as deep sea fishing, long cast fishing, and trolling . This is because the braided fishing line is superior in its strength, which is much better, and its length is small compared to a nylon string. The length of this fishing line is 150 m – 150.75 m, so that it has good sensitivity.

This line has as its main characteristics a null elongation, which we can transfer with great force to remove fish with very dense coverage. It has very small diameters this helps you to have a high pound line in a reduced diameter, which helps us have a little more line on our reel; this line also floats so it is useful for fishing with surface lures, although one of its cons is that it has high visibility, that is why I use this line specifically for


Power Fishing: This means fishing in places with Very dense coverage, whether they are palisades, tulles or hydrilla, since the force of it will help us to take large catches before they get into that dense vegetation.

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Wire fishing line

Wire line is a leader material that is used when angling fish like mackerel and tuna. Wire has a single strand and braided varieties.


This is a pro version of monofilament. It is made up of multiple nylons stringed together.

We’ve looked at the 5 major fishing lines we have. Now let’s discuss the minor fishing lines

Minor Fishing lines

Bottom Lines

They are used to catch fish that roam the bottoms of rivers, lagoons and the sea, among other areas. The weight of the plumb bob will vary from the depth to be reached and the current of the fishing area


For fishing: Catfish, pejerrey (from the coast in lagoons), tarariras and carp (on not very hot days) varied from the sea, etc.

Mid-Bottom Line


For fishing: pejerrey, dientudos, boga, carpa, lisa, etc.

Floating Lines

This type of line does not have much science, although it is advisable to have many pointers on hand, of different shape and weight, depending on the field of fishing.

Chiripa Line

It is made in a very similar way to the bottom line with the only change that instead of going a plumb line at the lower end of the rig there is a buoy. Thus, by releasing or bringing nylon we can regulate the depth of action of our rig, in order to find the most suitable for fishing on duty

Elastic threads

This type of elastic threads is used to attach baits, worms, aunts, Korean, American and any type of live bait to our hooks or fishing tackle. This is a very good tool for surfcasters

Low lines, bridges and rat tails

Rat tails are those lines that have more than one diameter in the same line, they are widely used in fly fishing.


For surfcasting, sea bream, bream or sea bass fishing,

Unifilament yarns

This type of fishing line usually comes arranged in reels of great length, from 1000 meters onwards, unifilaments, as their name indicates, only have a single strand, with a fairly low diameter and very resistant.



If what you want is to fish the big sea or river monsters, this type of thread called perlon is the ideal one. Perlons are monofilaments with a fairly considerable diameter, resistant and strong against the pulls and battles that can entail catches of hundreds of kilos. In counterpoint, the memory is quite high, although heavy weights are often used to keep the line.


Knowing the different types of fishing lines and where to use them is very important. If you are a beginner, you can star with a monofilament line then advance later.

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