Why Use Monofilament?Mono-filament fishing lines absorb water, which means they behave differently beneath the surface than when you’re testing them in the tackle shop.
monofilament fishing line—or “mono”for short—is a single strand of material as opposed to multi-filament lines which are strung from multiple strands that are fused braided or bundled together.
Monofilament can be extruded from different materials, but nylon is by far the most common and popular medium. Often, different varieties of nylon are blended together.
The Easy-to -handle, All-around performer With so many options on the market, choosing the best fishing line can seem a bit overwhelming. But it’s actually a simple matter of finding a line with performance
The degree varies. Some are sponges, sopping up 8 percent or more of their weight in water. Premium blends absorb less, but still soak up some. It stretches more, handles better and casts farther.
Benefits Of Mono
Shock Strength Stretch should not be confused with shock strength, which is a fishing line’s ability to absorb energy—and an equally important consideration. Shock strength comes into play when your line has to withstand the sudden impact of a hard hookset or a big fish thrashing violently at boatside.
Sink Rate—Thanks to its near-neutral buoyancy, mono sinks slowly, making it a great choice for topwater lures and suspended subsurface presentations where you don’t want to accelerate the bait’s downward movement.
Stretch—Mono stretches more than superlines and more easily than fluorocarbon, which gives it a forgiveness factor other lines can’t match. If your drag sticks or you set the hook too hard, mono compensates by stretching up to 25 percent or more.
Diameter—Mono is admittedly prone to larger diameters than fluorocarbon or superlines. While the added circumference can be a limiting factor in how deep your lures dive, you can use the extra breadth to your advantage—such as slowing the fall of a Berkley Gulp! or PowerBait softbait.
Inexpensive-The most affordable of all line choices, mono is definitely easy on the pocketbook. Considering the critical role line plays in your quest to catch fish, it ranks among the sport’s best investments.
Easy To HandleThanks to its flexible nature, monofilament is easy to use and works well for many fishing situations. This flexibility—often described as limpness—makes mono more manageable and easier to cast than stiffer lines.
- While mono has many benefits, there are tradeoffs. For example, because of its stretchiness, it’s not overly sensitive. If you need to detect ultra-light bites, discern subtle changes in bottom composition or feel what your lure is doing at all times—especially at long distances—a superline or fluorocarbon is a better choice.
- Also, prolonged exposure to UV light can weaken mono, although it may take hundreds of hours to incur appreciable damage. We recommend changing nylon monofilament lines at least once a year.
- Mono also has a lower tensile strength than either of these options, which means it has a thicker diameter at a given breakstrength. This can be a benefit in slowing sink rate, but it also means lures won’t run as deep on mono as superline or fluoro.
- Tying The Knot—Mono is knot-friendly. You can use a variety of strong, easy-to-tie knots without sacrificing the strength of the line. In fact, Palomar Knot or Trilene Knot offers nearly 100 percent knot strength when tied with premium mono.
Which Mono, When?
As with other types of line, monos are designed for specific performance characteristics. Here are a few top picks to consider when choosing the best fishing line for your particular needs:
Berkley Big Game
Offers excellent shock strength and is built for battling trophy catfish, pike, muskies, bass and other big fish.
Berkley Trilene XT
An abrasion-resistant workhorse ideal for fishing in and around rocks or cover.The best Trilene XT ever is the toughest and most flexible!
Berkley Trilene XL
More manageable and castable, and is a fine all-around choice for general fishing away from line-abrading snags.
Berkley Trilene Sensation
Extremely strong for its diameter, yet also sensitive and manageable, offering professional-grade performance in a monofilament package.
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