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I’ve always heard that braided fishing line casts further than anything else but never thought to try it out for myself. I finally decided to give it a try and in this post, I’m going to be talking about whether or not braid casts further than mono and fluoro.
After testing it out for myself, braided line does cast further than both mono and fluoro. Using braid gave us around 10 more yards of casting distance because the line is thinner and it has less memory in it. We used the same strength line on the same rods and we used the same lure weight. The weight of the line and lure were also changed up and the result was always the same.
All three lines have their pros and cons but I always always use a braided line as my main fishing line. I’ll then attach a fluorocarbon leader (most of the time) to give me the best of both worlds. The braided line will cast further and the fluoro will be invisible to the fish and will sink. Continue reading or watch the video below for the full details on these three lines.
I wanted to make sure everything was as fair as possible with the test so we made sure all the gear was the same and we experimented with different combos (line size, weights, etc). None of that seemed to make a difference.
We used the same rod and reel for all throws and used 10 lb and 20 lb lines. The distance between the line sizes did make a slight difference but the braided line was always further. We attached a couple of different weights to the end of the line and made 5 or so throws with each.
That along with a few other reasons (I’ll talk about this next) is why I always use braid as my main fishing line. I’ll toss on a fluorocarbon leader and I think that’s the most versatile setup for the majority of fishing out there. I don’t want to have a different rod for every type of fish and I know most people don’t want to keep changing rigs. Let’s jump into the pros and cons of each line.
Pros & Cons Of Braid
The main reason braided line casts further is that it’s thinner than mono or fluoro and it has less memory (it doesn’t coil up). It’s also softer as well and that’s a big reason for the extra distance. Distance is only one of the reasons I use it though. I almost always use Sufix 832 Ghost Braid.
Another reason for using braid is that it’s much stronger than normal line (when you compare it to the same diameter). 20 lb braided line is the same thickness as 6 lb mono so you can get away with catching bigger fish.
One of the main reasons I use this line is because it’s more sensitive and doesn’t stretch. Mono and fluoro both stretch so it can be tough to feel some fish if you’re using a cheaper rod. You can toss braided line on a cheaper rod and it’ll be a lot like a more expensive rod (not the exact same but you get my point).
The thing you’ll want to know before using braid is that it’s pretty visible in the water and it does float. It’s not seethrough like fluoro so that’s why you’ll want to use a leader when you’re in clear water. If you’re in murky water then it doesn’t really matter though. It also floats so might not be the best in all conditions.
Pros & Cons Of Mono
I don’t use mono that often but it does have its time and place. It’s a floating line so it’s an alternative to braid but one of the reasons you’d go with it instead is the price. Generally, mono is quite a bit cheaper than braided line.
The next reason someone would use mono is that it’s slightly harder for the fish to see in the water. I don’t think it’s a huge difference but you might want to try it when the fish are being really picky.
I think the biggest reason some people prefer mono is that it’s easier to tie and cut the line. Braid is pretty tough to work with and the knot strength isn’t always as good. You have to use more specific knots when you’re using braid but mono can be tied with pretty much any knot out there.
The main downsides to using mono are that it doesn’t cast as far, it’s not going to be as strong, and you can’t spool as much line. Not really a huge deal but I do think braid has more benefits and that’s why I use it.
Pros & Cons Of Fluoro
I do use a fluorocarbon leader around 90% of the time and the main reason is that it sinks and it’s invisible to the fish. You can go straight braid or mono (if you’re fishing topwater) but I’ve had better luck with braid to fluoro.
If you’re just trolling then you’ll probably want to stick with fluoro but it’s not the best when it comes to casting. It has a lot of memory and it’s not going to cast as far. Just like mono, the downsides are that it’s not going to be as strong (if you’re using the same diameter line), and you can’t spool as much line.
I think it all comes down to personal preference. Some people have shaky hands and aren’t going to want to mess around with braid. Other people mainly fish dirty ponds and the fish won’t be able to see braid anyway. There’s really no right choice here and you’ll be able to catch fish with all three lines. That being said, you’re here because you wanted to know what casts the furthest, and if that’s the case, you should go with a braided line.
Happy fishing. If you want to catch more fish, use more hooks.
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