THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MONOFILAMENT AND FLUOROCARBON FISHING LINE
Ever been confronted by the choice between monofilament and fluorocarbon fishing line? There are pros and cons to both line options, so here’s a brief overview of their general characteristics and applications to make your decision easier.
MONOFILAMENT FISHING LINE
Monofilament (mono) is single strand fishing fishing line extruded from various nylon materials. It’s the most common line and leader choice among anglers across the globe and is a tried and tested performer. Monofilament fishing line is highly versatile and excels at bait fishing, hardbody lure, and surface lure applications.
MONOFILAMENT FISHING LINE PROS
Forgiving stretch: Extra stretch provides cushioning during precarious fish battles and permits softer strikes to ensure that hooks aren’t ripped out of a fish’s mouth
Neutral buoyancy: A slow sink rate makes monofilament ideal for surface fishing or shallow water applications
Easy to handle: Soft and supple characteristics mean that monofilament is easy to tie and retains good knot strength
Affordability: Monofilament is comparatively cheap and widely available in a range of colours
MONOFILAMENT FISHING LINE CONS
• More visible underwater than fluorocarbon
• Stretch prevents fast strikes on timid fish or over long distances
• Weakens over time with UV exposure
FLUOROCARBON FISHING LINE
Fluorocarbon is low visibility, single strand, extruded line that has a greater density than monofilament line. Although fluorocarbon is comparatively recent line technology, it has fast become a standard choice among dedicated lure and sport fishers. Fluorocarbon is an excellent leader material for subsurface soft plastics or jigging applications.
FLUOROCARBON FISHING LINE PROS
Invisibility: Fluorocarbon has a similar refractive index to water. Light passes through it in a similar way to water and it is less visible when immersed. Fish are less likely to spot fluorocarbon lines, increasing the chance of bites
Heightened sensitivity: Because the materials and molecules that form fluorocarbon line are packed together densely, fluorocarbon takes much more force to stretch. It is ideal for delicate or finesse applications. If you require fast strikes and solid hook-sets on subtle bites, fluorocarbon is the answer
Maintains direct contact: Fluorocarbon sinks faster than monofilament and maintains direct contact between the rod and the lure. This characteristic is ideal for subsurface fishing with plastics and metals
Abrasion resistance: Fluorocarbon is more resistant to abrasion than similar classes of monofilament line. This makes it an ideal choice for fishing near structure or on species with abrasive mouthparts
FLUOROCARBON FISHING LINE CONS
• High stretch force can be unforgiving and result in more pulled hooks
• Density and sinking characteristics add drag to surface lures and impede action
• Generally more expensive than alternatives
• Stiffer qualities make it more difficult to tie knots
Both monofilament and fluorocarbon fishing lines perform admirably at similar duties. However, by considering their pros and cons you can tailor your selection to get the most out of them. The best option is to keep spools of both mono and fluorocarbon fishing line on hand and select the appropriate line or leader for the right application.
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