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Carp Fishing Line 

Line, leaders, and hooklength materials are all vital elements of the carp angler’s arsenal and, without the right tools for the job, you will be left facing a disappointing session. After all, there really can be no worse feeling that having hooked the biggest carp of your life only to have it slip from your grasp due to a line breakage. However, this is only the beginning when it comes to the ways that your line choice can seriously affect your angling and there are a number of things that you’ll need to consider when you’re investing in your line for the upcoming carp fishing season. We’re going to go into a little detail about the different line choices available to you here at Angling Direct, as well as some of the features that you might like to bear in mind when you’re deciding on the perfect line for you.

First things first, there are three different types of carp fishing line. These are predominately used as mainlines but you will find that some of them lend themselves more towards hooklength materials than others. Your mainline is the line that you spool around your reel and it makes up the majority of your casting line. You hooklength material is a section of line that attaches your rig to the main body of your line. This means that you can swap your rigs on and off your mainline without having to change reels or completely re-spool your setup. It also helps to adjust your setup to your fishing style, giving you the kind of on-bank modification that you’ll need as a committed carper.

The first mainline type that you’re likely to come across is monofilament. By far and away the most popular line for use across the disciplines and the oldest of the modern line types, it has a number of benefits which make it stand out from the rest in the eyes of many. Firstly, monofilament line is low cost to produce which means that it is low cost to purchase, too. This makes it an excellent choice for the budget conscious carp angler, especially if you’re spooling up your first set of carp fishing reels. It has a large diameter to strength ratio, so it isn’t the strongest line out there but it is a great option if you have a lot of spools to fill – as well as being ideal for backing behind a less grippy or more expensive line. Manufactured from a single strand of nylon, this line can be easily dyed and is available in a variety of colours. By picking the colour line which best suits your venue conditions, you can camouflage your line to match your water – ensuring that you’re less likely to spook a nervous fish – or fish with a vibrant colour for easy line identification.

The second benefit of monofilament line is its stretchiness – although some anglers will argue that this is also its biggest detractor. The most stretchy monofilament carp lines can give you can additional 25% of length, so if you’re aiming for a quick lunging species this can give you the additional cushioning you need to prevent any unfortunate hooks pulls. As you might expect, this makes the line a very popular choice among novice anglers, as it allows you to get your hand in with a harder fighting fish without risking multiple lost fish. However, as you might expect, this also means that there can be some delay in responsiveness when it comes to the take. Once again, this can be a benefit for the novice angler who is unaccustomed to sitting on their hands and reading the water, as it is only really responds when you have a fish on the line and running. If you’re a more experienced angler or a distance angler, then you might want to choose one of our other line options, without the stretch, as this will give you a clearer response. Stretchy carp fishing line might also cause the distance angler some issues with accuracy, as you might overshoot your target, although it can also help you to get those extra few feet on your cast when you need it.

Due to monofilament’s larger diameter, it is an excellent choice when you’re surface fishing for carp.  This is because it is more buoyant than other line options, so its slow sinking properties are great for when you want to let your bait fall slowly through the water column. It is also an exceptionally abrasion resistant line choice. This means that it won’t succumb to wear and tear as quickly as other lines, giving it an impressive life span whilst also reducing the risk of breakages.

The second line type that you might want to consider is fluorocarbon. This is a much newer line type than monofilament and it forms a great bridge between monofilament and the final line type that we’re going to discuss – braid. Like monofilament, fluorocarbon has been manufactured from a single strand and, as such, is exceptionally abrasion resistant. In fact, it is even longer lasting than monofilament thanks to its improved resistance to UV light damage, so if you’re after a line that will last you then a fluorocarbon is perfect for you.

One of the biggest benefits of fluorocarbon is its refractive index, which is the same as water. This means that when light passes through the line it splits in the same way as it does when it passes through water, rendering the line practically invisible. If you’re targeting a nervous or wary carp then this is the perfect choice, as though it cannot be dyed in the same way a monofilament it has its own unique camouflaging properties. It retains this invisibility even as you increase your breaking strain, so you can fish for bigger species using thicker line without sacrificing your stealthy approach. This has also made it an incredibly popular carp fishing leader or hooklength material and it doesn’t absorb water so it offers an incredibly true strength to diameter reading.

Fluorocarbon line has a dense molecular structure. This means that it is a heavy line choice so it is an ideal carp fishing line when you’re slack line fishing for carp. Carp are bottom feeders and easily spooked, so cutting through the water with your line is a sure fire way to scare off a nervous fish. Obviously, this isn’t always possible to avoid – especially if you’re angling in an especially weedy or snaggy water – but for all those scenarios when you want your line glued to the bottom of your venue, fluorocarbon is a great fast sinking option. This is another feature which has made this line an ideal carp fishing hooklength material. Finally, the line offers increased sensitivity, giving you incredibly accurate readings which translate through to your rod. Although the line still has a little stretch in it, giving you that all important cushion when you’re targeting a feisty fish, it is significantly less stretchy than monofilament. Because of this reduced stretch, it is always recommended that you tie any knots with the line wet, as this helps to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your line knot strength.

The final of the major three lines for carp fishing is braid. Braided line has seen a surge in popularity, especially among distance carp anglers who are looking to target big fish. This is because it manages to combine a high breaking strain with a low diameter, keeping line visibility to a minimum whilst bringing line strength up to the maximum. Braided line uses multiple strands to achieve this low diameter and high strength, rather than relying on a single strand like mono and fluoro line types. This does mean that the line is more difficult to colour than monofilament, although technology is improving in this area. To counteract the potential visibility even when using thin and coloured braid, many anglers pair this mainline material with a fluorocarbon leader – giving them the best of both worlds.

As well as being exceptionally strong, this line is also dense and supple. This has made it an ideal choice for slack line fishing for carp, as it ensures that the line sinks quickly and moulds to the shape of your venue bed – helping to reduce visibility in the water. Equally, this line has little-to-no memory or stretch. If you’re a distance casting angler then this will greatly appeal to you, as it will allow you to cast out big distances with impressive accuracy and it is perfect if you’re aiming tight to features. It will also ensure that any action on the end of your line is directly transmitted up to your bite indicator, helping you to read the water and respond as required. The lack of stretch can make this line a little more pre-disposed to ‘bumping off’ fish, should you attempt to set the hook with a little too much vigour. However, in the hands of an experienced angler, the benefits of this stretch-free carp line option far outweigh the possible downsides.

One thing to bear in mind if you’re looking for a braided mainline is its reduced resistance to abrasion. This is because the multiple strands create a less smooth line finish, increasing its risk of fraying over time. However, as the popularly of braid as a mainline has increased, fishing rod manufacturers have taken steps to ensure that their line guides are as friction-free as possible – helping to prolong the life of a braided mainline. Simply look for a carp rod with ‘braid safe’ line guides! Similarly, the thinness of braid can make it a more expensive choice, especially if you’re looking to fill your distance casting carp reels. However, backing with cheaper and grippier monofilament is a great way around this, as it allows you to fill your spool quicker, more cheaply, and without the risk of line slip affecting the line lay.

Once you’ve decided on which mainline and leader you’re going to use for your carp fishing, you’ll want to have a look a breaking strain. This refers to the amount of force that the line can hold before it snaps and it is directly related to line diameter. Braided mainlines will offer a thinner line diameter for their breaking strain than other options, and it is especially important to pair the correct mainline strain and leader strain, or else you’ll risk lost fish after lost fish. If you’re unsure of what line strain you need for your carp fishing, please do not hesitate to call our customer services team. The anglers who man our phone lines each have their own area of expertise and all will be able to advise based on their own experience – as well as a lifetime of accumulated knowledge. As well as providing product advice – all of which is strictly no-obligation – they can also help you through any aspect of your order. Whether you’re looking to place an order and need some help completing the process or you want to track an existing order, our in-house team will be able to help. What’s more, our blog features beginners’ guides to help you pick the right line type for your fishing, advice for line care and how to load a spool, and much more. It’s updated regularly with all the latest news from the angling world, reviews of up and coming products, and how-to guides from our dedicated angling team, so do make sure you check back regularly to see what we’ve been up to on the bank.

As with all the products in our catalogue, we only ever stock lines from the biggest names in the carp fishing industry. This includes the likes of Korda, whose terminal tackle range is growing year on year; Nash, which has a reputation for consistently high quality which spans back through generations; and ESP, whose products are tested by carp fishing legend Terry Hearn. Of course, we also stock the biggest international names, too, such as Shimano, Daiwa and Fox. These are both companies with reputations for excellence which spans continents as well as angling disciplines. If you’re looking for a top end carp fishing line, hooklength, or leader to handle your next personal best fish, you’ve certainly come to the right place!


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