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They say an artist is only ever as good as his paintbrush – we say a fisherman is only ever as good as his line. Without the appropriate line, you simply cannot expect to improve your fishing. That’s why Angling Direct has worked tirelessly to assemble a market-leading collection of fishing line products and accessories which cover all fishing styles and all budgets across the board. Whether you’re looking to for a carp fishing line to target personal best fish or you’re after a predator line for the finesse of lure movement, you can rest assured that we have just what you’re looking for.


Monofilament Line

Monofilament is by far and away from the most popular type of fishing line across the disciplines. It also happens to be the oldest of the modern line types. It has a plethora of benefits which, in the eyes of some anglers, place it head and shoulders above the competition

The first benefit of monofilament line is its cost. It is an easy to manufacture line as it only uses a single strand of nylon. Additionally, its colouring is translucent, so if you’re targeting fish that are easily spooked then monofilament is an excellent choice. This also means that it can be dyed easily, too, so it is available in a wide variety of colours to blend with a range of backgrounds and you can always find the perfect colouring to complement your venue of choice.

Another benefit of monofilament line is arguably also its biggest downfall. Monofilament fishing line is stretchy and the stretchiest lines can give an additional 25% of length. This means that the line has a significant amount of giving in it, so it can absorb the shocks from aggressive takes or lunges. For this reason, monofilament line is an excellent choice for the junior or novice angler who is still getting their hand in when it comes to retrieving their catch. Monofilament line has a large diameter to strength ratio, so if you’re looking for a super strong line for battling huge fish then this isn’t the choice for you.


Fluorocarbon Line 

Fluorocarbon is one of the newer line types out there and it has grown in popularity significantly over the recent years as anglers have learnt how to get the best out of it. This line was first developed in order to give anglers a near-invisible line choice for ultimate stealth angling. Fluorocarbon has the same refractive index as water, so it bends light like a liquid. This means that it vanishes in the water, making it practically undetectable and it is the preferred choice for anglers fishing in clear waters or angles targeting easily spooked fish

Fluorocarbon line is also significantly denser than monofilament line. This means that it is much quicker sinking than monofilament line, so it better pins bait to the lake or river bed, even when using weightless setups. This makes fluorocarbon a very popular choice of leader for fishing with bottom baits, as it offers a combination of invisibility and weight.

It is a dense line because it has a tightly packed molecular structure, which in turn makes it exceptionally sensitive and it doesn’t offer the same stretch as monofilament line. Although it is still slightly stretchy, it is significantly more sensitive – making it easier to read gentler takes from the bank. This makes it an excellent choice for the angler fishing at distance, who wants to be able to react quickly. This stiffness also helps to ensure that you can be more confident when setting your hook, as movement from your rod and reel is directly translated into the line with little give. However, this increased stiffness has often made this line less popular than monofilament as it is perceived as being more difficult to handle on the cast – although the experienced angler will be able to negotiate this problem without issue.


Braided Line

As the name suggests, the braided line is the only line type that does not rely on a single fibre or strand of material. Instead, braided lines are composed of multiple fibres which have been moulded and welded together.

The multi-fibrous construction of braid ensures that this line can offer incredible strength with a small diameter. This is excellent when you’re targeting larger or harder fighting fish, as you can keep a small (near invisible) line whilst enjoying maximum break strain strength. These breaking strengths are measures in the maximum lbs and many lines range from 20lb, 30lbs braid to 50lbs plus. It is also a dense line type, so it sinks quickly through the water column – making it an excellent choice for the angler fishing with bottom baits

The one downside of having a line with a low diameter and a high strength is that it takes considerably more line to fill one spool when you’re using a like-for-like breaking strain (compared to monofilament or fluorocarbon lines). Since braid is also more expensive, this can make spooling up more expensive. However, by backing your spool with monofilament line you can reduce the overall cost whilst also part-filling your spool

Unlike monofilament lines, braid has no memory and no stretch. This makes it the preferred choice for anglers who are looking to cast long distances or to fish tight to features, as you can ensure that you are casting with accuracy each time. A memory-less line also has improved flexibility, too, which enables it to better hug the lake contours – ideal for slack line fishing.