Many years ago there was only one type of fishing line, monofilament. Today there are many different types of fishing line. In fact, there are so many types and combinations it can be very confusing. Here is some information that will help clear up some of the confusion so you will know what type of line to use and when to use it.
The old standard fishing line, monofilament, is good to use for crappie, sunfish, bluegill and brook trout. These small fish are not extremely hard on line and won’t stretch it out when you set the hook. These fish also live in areas where you don’t have to worry about line abrasion.
If you fish for bigger, harder fighting fish you may want to consider fluorocarbon line. Fluorocarbon line is a very strong line and won’t stretch. It also resists abrasion so if you’re bass fishing or musky fishing their teeth won’t hurt the line. Fluorocarbon line is also almost invisible in water. If the fish are line shy this is the perfect type of line to use.
Another very strong fishing line is the blended copolymer line. This line is very strong and thin and is extremely sensitive. If you are fishing for a big heavy catfish or carp this may be the line to use. Copolymer is actually a code name for nylon line. The down side of this line is that it stretches and will need to be replaced more often.
A blend of fluorocarbon and copolymer combined makes the better of these two types of line. It is an ultra thick line with a center of copolymer and then coated with fluorocarbon so it is strong and will resist abrasion and also is invisible. This line is great for bass fishing and striper fishing.
Fishing for trophy requires super strong line. They make a braided line that uses copolymer and fluorocarbons all braided together to increase the strength and durability of the line. This is the type of line you want to take to Florida fishing. Some of these lines are so think that a 200lb test braided line has the same diameter as a 50lb monofilament line.