Best Fishing Lines
To save you some shopping time, we have compiled a list of our top four fishing lines that are highly durable, work well with most fishing combos, and don’t cost a fortune.
First on this list, the KastKing Copolymer line has a high knot strength and a length of 300 yards (274.3 meters). The copolymer material is less stretchy than monofilament lines but more stretchy than braided and fluorocarbon lines. Also, it has a low visibility level, keeping potential catch from noticing it and its maximum test strength is 30 lbs. (13.6 kg).
- It is resistant to abrasion.
- It is durable.
- Green, camo, and copper color options.
With different test line variations ranging from 10 lbs. (4.5 kg) to 200 lbs. (90.7 kg), this is one of the best fishing lines available. The braided material is very strong, and it ranges in length from 150 yards (137.2 meters) to 1500 yards (1372 meters). Also, it can be used for various kinds of fishing and works perfectly in saltwater and freshwater.
- 16 different color options.
- It has almost zero stretch.
- It is hard to break.
This fishing line is special because it has a copolymer core, and its outer surface is coated with fluorocarbons. The refractive index of fluorocarbons makes the line almost invisible in water, and it has a high density, making it usable in extreme weather conditions. The test strength variations range from 5 lbs. (2.3 kg) to 20 lbs. (9.1 kg), and the length ranges from 300 yards (274.3 meters) to 1000 yards (914.4 meters).
- Enhanced sensitivity.
- Minimal stretch.
The Stren Monofilament line is built to have a high level of shock resistance and it is also very durable. It has a remarkable knot strength that is important for angling, and it can be used well in low-light conditions. The highest test strength variant can hold 30 lbs. (13.6 kg), and the longest variant is 1275 yards (1165.9 meters).
- Low visibility.
- Four color options.
- Can be used in freshwater and saltwater.
This braided fishing line is spectacular because it offers a wide range of length ranging from 150 yards (137.2 meters) to 1500 yards (1372 meters). Also, the maximum test strength ranges from 8 lbs. (3.6 kg) to 150 lbs. (68 kg). The line is round and smooth, and it can be used suitably with both different types of reels.
- Comes in 11 different colors.
- High knot strength.
- The line is versatile.
Fishing Line Buying Guide
Your fishing line is the single most important part of your fishing gear, as without a rod and reel you could still pull in small fish but with just a little more effort. They take the brunt of all the tension and tug-of-war between your catch trying to escape and your reeling action.
Our buying guide reviews the best fishing lines on the market based on their specified features and tested performance to give you the best options to choose from. We then take it a step further to outline the particular factors you should consider and qualities you should look out for in a fishing line before you make a purchase.
The first factor you want to consider when scouting for fishing line is the type of line you want. This will depend on the type of fishing rod and reel combo you have, where you are fishing, and the type of fish you are targeting.
In general, however, fishing lines come as either monolines or braided lines. Monolines, as the name suggests, are made from a single material and come as a single continuous mass. Braided lines combine usually three separate lines into one. Mono lines boast of better casting performance and are generally lighter. Braided lines offer better tension performance but do not perform as well as monolines in stealth.
The material from which your fishing line is made from is another important factor to consider. Plastic, fluorocarbon, metals like steel and titanium, and some synthetic fibers like Dacron and Spectra are the most common materials you’ll find. Most monofilament lines are made from plastic and are very lightweight and yield good stealth in water, making them great for fishing leaders. Fishing lines made from steel and titanium are ideal for very large fish like shark and tuna. These are common with conventional fishing combos. Synthetic fibers are very common in braided and boast of excellent tension capacity. Fluorocarbon lines are especially suited to stealth while yielding excellent abrasion resistance.
The load or tension capacity of your fishing line is one of the most important factors to consider. It measures the strength of your line or how much tension it can take before snapping. In general, the larger your target fish, the larger the load capacity you want. It is usually specified in pounds.
Steel and titanium fishing lines offer the most load capacities.
The visibility of your fishing line should also be considered. This depends on the material and the color of your line. Fluorocarbon and monoline offer the lowest visibility when submerged, ideal for very keen or smart fish. The lower the visibility, the less likely your target is going to sense that something is amiss and the more catches you will make.