It's Not The Brand You Use - It's How and Where You Use The Brand!
The best fishing line is the one offering the right combination of line strength, knot strength, abrasion resistance, tensile strength and color for a given bass fishing technique. It really depends on where and when you're fishing and the technique or bass lure you're using.
Are you topwater fishing, fishing soft plastic lures like a plastic worm, cranking crankbait lures or using a live bait rig? A variety of different fishing line types can be used in each case, with different degrees of success should you choose one with features not suitable for conditions in which it's being used.
General Fishing Line Information
Fishing Line Properties
For all bass fishermen the search for for the thinnest bass fishing line with the highest degree of strength and least visibility is never ending. The ingredients that contribute to a best fishing line certainly include the following:
Is There Really A Single Best Fishing Line?
Probably not. None of the fishing line types, be it fluorocarbon, monofilament, braid or co-polymer, nor any single brand, possesses all the above features in ratios that maximize the potential benefit of each. They can't. Why you ask? Because in too many cases to have one trait means to have another one's potential benefit reduced.
Say what? OK, let's look at a few that conflict.
Fishing Line Strength for example, includes not just the fishing line test rating, the tensile strength. It also includes knot strength and abrasion resistance. No one of these is dependent on the other and it's very difficult to have the highest level of performance of each trait in a single line.
Abrasion Resistance is claimed by every manufacturer, claims that are questionable unless they have been able to test their line in real life fishing situations. You know, dragging line across rocks, branches, shale and slate chips, fish teeth, gills, trolling motor propellers and even the effect clamping a split shot sinker on line has.
Any tests performed on dry line are not relevant as well. The bass are in water and water affects the performance of line on several levels.
If line is coated to make it more resistant to the sources of abrasion it will most likely also be stiffer and less castable.
Manageability means enhanced castability and is usually found in thin monofilaments. However, the more castable a monofilament line, the thinner, more limp it probably is and the less abrasion resistant. Thinner lines suffer worse from nicks as there is just less material to absorb damage. Braided and fused lines don't suffer this fate and are very castable whether wet or dry.
Visibility of line has no affect on its performance, though it may well impact that of the bass angler. Bass can see line, especially in clear water.
Studies have shown that fluorocarbon lines, those touted to be invisible,
Ask yourself. How often do you fish in bright light and extremely clear water conditions? Not often I bet. Though we all love those days. Also, many line manufacturers make a highly visible line, like Stren's clear blue fluorescent line, Trilene's Sensation blaze orange and P-Line's fluorescent green. Must be a lot of line watchers out there that catch bass.
Our Search for the Best Fishing Line Continues
Seems every feature we bass anglers seek in our idea of what constitutes the best fishing line is in some way a trade-off with another. So we'll continue our quest to find the best fishing line by looking at some features and benefits of line types and manufacturer brands in more depth.
Correctly Spooling Your Fishing Line Means Fewer Problems on the Water
Fluorocarbon Fishing Line Pros and Cons
Braided Fishing Line Pros and Cons
Fishing Line Diameter, Strength and Line Visibility
Best Fishing Line Color? Well, It Depends