When To Use Braided Line, Monofilament or Fluorocarbon Lines?

Choosing the right fishing line is key to success in many situations.

When To Use Braided Line, Monofilament or Fluorocarbon Lines?

We look at the three types of fishing lines Monofilament, Braided and Fluorocarbon.

Cost & Thickness Comparison of Braid vs Mono vs Fluro

  • 50m x 30lbs Braided Line (0.23mm) = $5
  • 50m x 30lbs Flurocarbon (0.5mm)  = $18
  • 50m x 30lbs Monofilament (0.71mm) = $3

For the same poundage, Braided lines have 1/3 the diameter of mono or fluorocarbon lines and is more cost effective ($5 per 50m). A thinner line also means, you do not need to invest in big expensive reels to store the line. Furthermore, a bigger reel is also heavier and can easily tire you. 

Apart from the lines affecting your pocket and arm strength, we now look at the technicalities and strength of each line. 

    Braided Line 

    Braided line is popular because of its high knot strength, incredibly sensitive, has virtually no stretch, thin, very soft, cast well and great overall power in relation to its diameter. 

    Braided lines are better suited to deep-water fishing as they are simultaneously thinner and heavier, cutting through the water to reach the bottom faster. 

    Braided lines are also very flexible which makes it easy to cast long distances. And because it floats (8 strand), it is a favourite choice for topwater anglers. It is great for plugs and lures, particularly crank baits or spinner baits that have movement and for bottom fishing.

    Some anglers say braided lines can last a lifetime. Even though the durability varies accordingly, they can still last for several years. Heavy fishers can change it 2 or even 3 times a year. Moderate anglers can change it once a year.

    The 2 Types of Braided Line.
    4 strand braid vrs 8 strand?

    4 Strand Braids

    • Good for Bottomfishing
    • Casts far
    • Strong and very abrasion-resistant
    • Coarse line cut through grass/debris easily

    8 Strand Braids

    • Casts better
    • 4 times more abrasion resistant than 4-strand fibres
    • Round and consistent
    • Smooth
    • Super strong and abrasion-resistant
    In a nutshell, 8 strand has less noise and less friction and great for casting e.g luring. 4 strand works well for bottomfishing e.g offshore fishing.

      What strength braid should I use? 

      Use braided line of 30-pound test or more if you go after large game fish

      e.g For a Reel Size 3000

      • 30lbs Line (0.23mm diameter), can only fit 100m of line 
      • 15lbs line (0.16mm diameter), can fit 200m of line in a 300 Line

      A rule of thumb is to fish with the lightest gear possible so you don't tire and have more fun. In competition when test is specified, anglers must use light line to land heavy fish. 

      What does PE stand for in braid? 

      The advertised breaking strains are set at ten times the PE rating. If the line has a PE rating 5, it will will break at 50 lbs.

      Trying to tie a knot too quickly can cause you to accidentally kink the line, creating a weak spot in the line. This may cause the line to break when the fish hits the lure, or when you try to set the hook, or from the tension on the line while fighting the fish.

      What is the Best colour for braided line?

      • Green Braid Is low visibility.
        One of the most popular colours for a braided fishing line is green and that is for a reason. Green braid often blends in super well in nutrient rich waters such as bays, lakes, inlets etc.
      • Blue is another good colour for sea fishing.
      • Multi Coloured Line
        Some manufacturers has a mixture of multi coloured line to break the line visibility. 

      The Single Biggest Drawback of Braided Line is that Fish can see Braid line! 

      The solve this, you just need to attach a monofilament or fluorocarbon line to the end of the braid line to serve as a leader. This leader will reduce the high visibility of the braid line. 

      The shock leader should measure around 27-30 feet. Use an Albright Knot to attach the mainline to a leader line, especially when using two lines of different diameter. 

      Picture below shows a braided line - Shimano Kairiki 8 strand braid from our own SGFR store! Get yours here!

      Monofilament & Fluorocarbon Line

      Should I use mono or fluorocarbon leader?

      Fluorocarbon is more expensive than mono, but often it is utilized as just the tippet or leader material by both fly and conventional anglers. The Sufix 832 Advanced Superline Braid is one of the more expensive lines in the market, yet for many, the price-tag is justified by its superior castability.

      Fluoro has greater density, making it harder, stiffer and more abrasion resistant. With these three characteristics, you'd be sold on fluorocarbon any day of the week as they all contribute to the overall strength of the leader. Mono is less dense, absorbs water and is prone to abrasion damage. Monofilament is nearly the same density as water, making it neutral-buoyant. This is the opposite of fluorocarbon, which is denser than both, allowing it to sink.

      When should I use fluorocarbon line?

      Fluorocarbon is a good go-to line for when you need low visibility and a degree of stretch – this can apply to any fishing situation. In fact, if you're targeting any fish in clear water, a fluorocarbon leader is a great idea to reduce visibility and increase hook-ups.


      How often should I Respool my reel?

      Here's the quick answer: If you spool your fishing reel with braided line, respool it every 1 to 2 years on average (or sooner if it gets damaged). If you spool your fishing reel with monofilament or fluorocarbon, respool it every 3 to 6 weeks if you use it frequently.

      Why do fishing lines snap?

      Many anglers attach the lure to the rod before storing it, then tighten the reel. When it's too tight, the eyelet puts a lot of strain on a groove in the line, which, over time in storage, creates a weak area in the line and makes it vulnerable to snapping.

      What fishing line is invisible to fish? 

      Fluorocarbon line is recognised by line companies as the most invisible line on the market. It is said to have the same light refraction properties as water, making it virtually invisible or as invisible as the fishing line can get.

      Is fluorocarbon better than braid? 

      Perhaps the most noticeable difference is it sinks, whereas mono and braid tend to lie on the surface better. Also, fluorocarbon is ideal for fishing stick worms like Senkos because it allows these baits to flutter better on the fall.

      How Much to Spool

      How Much Line each Reel can take

      Line Strength


      Reel Size

      Reel Size 2000

      Reel Size 3000

      Reel Size 4000

      Kairiki 4 Strand

      30lbs (6.8kg)






      Kairiki 8 Strand

      8lbs (3.6kg)






      Kairiki 8 Strand

      15lbs (6.8kg)






      Kairiki 8 Strand

      30lbs (13.6kg)



      As seen from the table, each line has its best match with different reels, highlighted in Bold above. To have a clearer view, here is a summary. 

      • Kairiki 4 Strand (30lbs) is matched best with Reel Size 3000 & 4000
      • Kairiki 8 Strand (8lbs) is matched best with Reel Size 1000
      • Kairiki 8 Strad (15lbs) is matched best with Reel Size 2000

      **Most of the numbers are rough estimations as it is quite determined on the person spooling too.

      There you have them at your fingertips!

      Happy Fishing!

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