Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose a Monofilament Fishing Line
Monofilament fishing line is a product of synthetic materials, which has excellent performance: resistant to wear, high strength, flexible. The meaning of the word “mono” is explained as one, in this case – a single synthetic thread.
Manufacturers produce clear and colored lines; both options are suitable for catching fish in a pond of any transparency. All other types of filaments are called multifilament that is divided into several threads in the longitudinal section.
Monofilament fishing line is better to use for:
- spinning fishing and ultra light gear, not only as the main, but also as leashes;
- for catching on the wobblers and other baits;
- for the feeder rig;;
- for snapping a float rod;
- for the winter fishing season;
- for ponds with a shallow depth;
- for the implementation of quality casts over long distances.
- high range when casting bait;
- resistant to wear;
- imperceptible to the eyes of fish;
- evenly falls on the drum of the coil, thanks to the round section.
Advantages and disadvantages of Monofilament Line
Monofilament line is a fishing line of a more traditional type. It has a number of advantages. First of all, this fishing line is more invisible to the fish than others. When using spinning, monofilament line passes through the spinning rings less noisy. The increased ability of the line to stretch can play a positive role. If there are sharp jerks of a fish caught on a hook, its elasticity is able to amortize such jerks. And another advantage of monofilament is that it has a much lower price compared to the braided line. It has high ability to stretch. During the winter fishing, this fishing line freezes less than the braided. The line is usually round with a very high degree of accuracy what contributes to the fact that when spooling monofilament lies in very smooth and flat layers.
Monofilament line is not that strong as the braided one. Another disadvantage of monofilament line is that it is capable of stretching, and its sensitivity to fish’s biting is much lower than the braid’s. It can increase its length significantly. It can, in some cases, reach 10-25 percent of the original length. For catching on the feeder, some types of monofilament lines are not suitable. Some manufacturers make a special note to ensure that the buyer knew exactly whether it is possible to use this line for a certain purpose. Monofilament line has too much floatation. When casting for a while, part of it will be the object of the wind, the flow of water until finally it will be immersed in the water. If you spool the line while it’s then after drying, its cross-section in the inner layers can be changed. In this case, the strength of the monofilament line is reduced.
For a competent choice of the line you should focus on such features:
Diameter, indicated on the package, the maximum round shape of the product indicates an excellent quality. With a smaller diameter used by the line, the casting range is increased. Significant load during the swing (force cast) and increased weight of bait can lead to breakage of tackle. The thin line is lightweight and highly prone to wind. Casting with light bait in windy weather will hardly turn out to be accurate.
Breaking strength, for successful fishing, a thin line with a high breaking load should be used. The thickness of the line is not always characterized by this parameter. Occasionally, the line of smaller diameter is much stronger than the thick one. The weight that the line can withstand is indicated on the package. As a measure kg and lbs. are chosen.
Extensibility. A positive property of monofilament is to cope with the emergence of a large predator, but with frequent use, the thread is deformed, and its service life is shortened.
Memory. After stretching, the monofilament does not take its original position, it twists and can burst at any time. Polymers from which the monofilament is made have a large margin of tensile strength. After stretching, the monofilament tends to return to its original state. The faster this happens, the better the product. Slow return leads to the formation of the rings and tangles.
Rigidity. With a high stiffness, the fishing line tends to break faster, and too soft may become entangled, curled, stretched. When this feature is exceeded, it becomes possible to break at a sharp load. The too rigid fishing line is badly fastened, rolled up in knots; it is badly stacked on the coil.
Hydrophobicity. The monofilament has the property of absorbing water, so during fishing, it swells and loses its strength, becomes visible to the predator. After fishing, the thread is recommended to dry, and only then wind on the reel.
Resistance to temperature changes. Use universal monofilament – it works in hot weather and frosts. Transparency is the absolute advantage of monofilament in front of a braided cord; it is used when capturing the most cautious and species-aware predator.
Transparency. The more transparent monofilament line is, the more likely to become the owner of the most cautious inhabitant of the reservoir. As a rule, a monofilament fishing line on these indicators is significantly better than the braided and other similar gear.
Section. Good manufacturers tend to make this parameter of monofilament line to be the ideal circle. An important indicator of quality is the calibration, which provides one diameter of the line along the entire length.
Thanks to modern technologies and equipment, manufacturers try to improve the performance of a monofilament line. It is recommended to select the fishing line in accordance with the character of the forthcoming fishing, the type of fish, the working characteristics of the tool, the conditions of the fishing, the structure of the bottom, the presence of the flow, the temperature of the water, etc and only then you have a chance to choose the line you really will like and enjoy!