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Composites of a Functional Fishing Line

A fishing rod is used for line fishing, where the fishing line is cast in water and used to draw the fish out. However, there is much more to line fishing than just pulling fish. The fishing outcome largely depends on the efficiency of the fishing line.

So, what does a fishing line look like, and what are the various parts that comprise a complete fishing line? This article will look at what a functional fishing line comprise of, and the purpose for each part during fishing.

The Fish Line

A fish line is the cord on the fishing rod usually used for casting bait and drawing the fish out of the water. Generally, the line is the most profound part of the fishing rod, as it is the part that the fisherman interacts with most.

Handling a fishing line during fishing is very challenging if you don’t have a fishing reel, as the fish line will be entangled. Without a fishing reel, the fisherman will eventually render the line ineffective. 

Fishing reels store, cast, and reel in fish lines differently. Therefore, you should identify the type of fish you are targeting before you assemble your fishing gear and head out to fish. 

Types of Fish Lines

Categorizing fishing line is done according to the manufacturing design. There are three common types of fish lines, and all of them are available at your local dealership and at your favorite online fishing tackle shop.

Monofilament (mono lines) fish lines 

The monofilament fish lines are single unit cords that are most preferred by the fishermen for their considerable stretching allowance, making them ideal for catching large aquatic game such as tuna and mackerel fish. 

Monofilament lines usually float easily on the water’s surface. As such, these lines very useful when looking for fish close to the water surface. Moreover, the monofilament lines are resistant to abrasion, which reduces the rate of wear and tear. The abrasion resistance increases the lifespan of the fish line.

Braided Fish Lines

A braided fish line is made of several thin lines which are woven together to make a single unit fish line. The braided lines have reduced elasticity. Therefore, the stiffness of the braided fish line makes drawing and casting bait very convenient.

Fluorocarbon Fish Lines

Fluorocarbon lines are popular due to their ability to stretch and invisibility under water. Therefore, catching more sceptical species of fish is easier using a fluorocarbon line as its elasticity absorbs most of the line movements, reducing the amount of underwater interference. Moreover, the invisibility of the lines makes it impossible for the fish to resist the ‘free hanging’ meal (bait).

Fishing Hooks

A fishing hook is the end part of the fishing line that your fish will be attached to when you draw it out of the water. A hook is made of bent metal, which is usually sharpened and barbed to ensure proper piercing of the fish’s flesh. The tip of the hook is designed like an arrowhead (barb) to ensure that the fish does not wriggle free once it is caught.

Fish bait is attached to the bite of the hook and leaves a small biting distance (gape), allowing the point and the barb to be fully covered inside the fish’s mouth. When the fish bites onto the bait and shuts its mouth, the point will pierce the mouth walls and the barb secures the catch.

Terminal Tackle

Terminal tackle is the hardware attached to the end of the fishing line, which either helps to stabilize the line or to adjust the position of the hook and bait inside the water. The general idea is to cast the bait, the hook, and the terminal tackle at once as a single unit.

Sometimes, fishing lures are designed with floaters, sinkers, and the hook—all as one package. This combination reduces the hassle of adjusting the weights and floating bobbers manually.


Fishing lines come in various designs, and this enable different types of fishermen to go for their favorite fish species. To ensure a successful fishing expedition, make sure to analyze the type of fish available in your fishing grounds and arm yourself with the correct fishing line. 

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