Fishing lines are essential for any angler, but how long do they need to be? More importantly, how do I know how much tension I should keep on my boat? Different fishermen prefer different answers to these questions. Some want their lines as short as possible, others would like them to be as long as possible, and some still prefer a combination of the two. So let’s explore the world of fishing line and talk about what we know (and what we don’t know yet!) about recamending fishing lines.
Is The Glass Nylonworth Keeping?
When you purchase fishing line, it is usually in either mono or braided (twisted together) form. In both instances, the strength of the material is important. If you’ve been fishing for a while, you may know that the strength of fishing line declines over time, making it progressively easier to break. So it’s important to keep this in mind when deciding how long to keep your fishing lines. If you catch lots of fish and your lines seem to be holding up well, you may want to reconsider the length of your lines.
Fishing lines are made out of a variety of materials, but the two most popular forms are the following:
Braided Fishing Line
Braided fishing lines are often preferred by fishermen who want a light taper (tapering is when you slowly reduce the diameter of a line, creating a thinner, more flexible line) and who prefer to keep their lines as short as possible. The advantage of braided fishing lines is that they are very flexible and can be stored in a small space more easily.
The disadvantage of braided fishing lines is that they have a low strength to weight ratio. This makes them more susceptible to breaking. If you plan on taping (gradually reducing the diameter of the line) or landing fish that are bigger than you, then the chances are your braided lines will snap sooner rather than later.
Monofilament Fishing Line
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the much stronger and, in many instances, even more popular monofilament fishing lines. If you’ve ever tried to fish with a conventional braided fishing line, you’ll know that the strength of monofilament lines is incredible. This makes them much more durable and, as a result, makes them ideal for use in circumstances where you’re going to be pulling heavy fish or using high strength hooks. However, they are also much more difficult to store and transport. When you’re fishing off-shore, this is a definite plus, but if you plan on keeping your lines for the long term, you may want to think twice before choosing this option.
When Is Line Recamended?
Now, there’s another factor to consider when deciding how long to keep your fishing lines. This factor deals with the durability of the line and has to do with two things: stretch and breakage. In the first instance, if you’re using braided lines, you’ll want to keep them as short as possible. As for the breakage factor, you’ll want to keep this at a minimum. Ideally, you’ll want to buy high-quality lines that are designed to withstand the rough outdoor life and, at times, even extremes of temperature. In addition to this, you’ll want to think about the type of fish you’re hunting and what size hooks you’re using. Bigger hooks can certainly be used to catch bigger fish, but this comes at the expense of the line being more likely to break sooner rather than later. A lot of this has to do with the material used to make the line and how thick it is. The more layers there are in the making of a fishing line (or any synthetic material for that matter), the weaker it becomes. This is mainly due to the fact that each layer adds more bulk to the material adding weight and diminishing its ability to stretch. If you’re using braided lines and you want to keep your line as short as possible, you may want to consider using smaller hooks and thicker lines, making your catch heavier, but also keeping your line more durable. This is important as you’ll be hooking fish that are much larger than you, which could potentially mean a fight to the death. So, to summarize: short, durable lines are best suited for bigger fish and bigger guys with lots of hair to pull. Just make sure you’re prepared for the fight of your life if things go wrong!
How Do You Know How Tension Should Be Kept On A Line?
Now, you’ve probably heard the term “tension” thrown around a lot when it comes to fishing lines. This term basically refers to how much the line should be stretched in order to reach the optimum level of strength. For most anglers, the recommended tension range for braided fishing lines is between 20 and 30 lbs, while the range for monofilament lines is between 12 and 18 lbs.
When it comes to selecting the right fishing line, there’s a lot more that goes into it than just the strength and durability of the line. You’ll also want to factor in how you’re going to be using the line, the temperature environment, and the type of fish you’re after. If you’re not sure about how much tension you should keep on your line, then the best thing to do is to ask an expert. Luckily, there are many willing to help if you’re in need and have the proper equipment available. So, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. You’ll be thankful you did when that huge fish decides to fight you for the right to the boat.