Fishing Line Strength Chart

Fishing Line Strength Chart

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Line Strength Chart – Anglers Gear’s Guide

A fishing line is an important piece of equipment for any angler. Different lines have different strengths, and it is important to choose the right one for the type of fishing you are doing. This chart will help you choose the right line for your needs.

What fishing line to choose depends mainly on the fishing area, fishing style, and fishing equipment.


Fishing Lines Types

On buying a fishing line, pay attention to its type. In general, there are 3 types of lines: monofilament lines (mono), aided lines (braided), and fluorocarbon lines (fluoro). Each line is good for different purposes.

  1. Monofilament lines or mono for short, are made of a single thread called the core. The core is covered with a special coating. Mono is very cheap and easy to find.
  2. Braided fishing lines are made of a number of threads (about three to four). They are covered with a special coating, too. Braided fishing lines have better strength than mono lines. Thanks to the coating, they are very abrasion-resistant.
  3. Fluorocarbon lines, which are different from monofilament and braided lines, have better quality than them. As the name implies, fluorocarbon lines are covered with a special fluorocarbon coating. They are not sensitive to ultraviolet light, which means they can stay in water for many years.

Monofilament Strength Chart

Cheep and easy to use, very buoyantShort lasting and weeker compared to other Top water fishing
Diameter mmLine Test Lb

Braided Strength Chart

Pros ConsWhen
Extrimly strong Hard to tie and expensive Law visibilty water, or when in need of a long line
Diameter mmLine Test Lb

Fluorocarbon Strength Chart

Pros ConsWhen
Invisible and last much longer from other linesKnots tend to fail, expensiveClear water. or as a leader.
Diameter mmLine Test Lb

Fishing Line Chart for Bass

Use 8 to 12-pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon line with finesse presentations for bass fishing. In heavy cover, bump it up to a 15 or 20-pound line test.

A braided mainline in the 30-50 pound test range is incredibly adaptable when casting big swimbaits, crankbaits, jigs, and topwater tackle.

Line Chart for Trout

A 4-pound test monofilament or fluorocarbon line is best for still fishing with bait or casting spinners and spoons. When trolling, use a 10-pound test monofilament or braid with a 6 to 8-pound test fluorocarbon leader

Because trout are frequently lineless, most anglers choose the invisibility of fluorocarbon over durability.

Fishing Line Chart for Catfish

Catfish aren’t afraid of lines, so light or heavy line can be used as needed.

For general use, high-strength, small-diameter monofilaments with a strength rating of 15 to 25 pounds are excellent options.

When hunting the big ones, you may want to upgrade to 30-, 40-, or even 80-pound.

Line Strength Chart for Salmon

For salmon you should use a rod with a medium to heavy action and a 15-30 pound braid or 10-15 lb mono line. You may attach a lighter fluorocarbon 2-4 foot long leader.

Some FAQ’s:

What size fish can 30lb braid catch?

30lb braid designed for big game fishes like Tuna, Marlin, Shark, and other large sea fish. While it is designed for catching large game fish, 30lb braid is commonly used for medium-sized game fish as well. For example, the largest recorded striped bass caught with a 30lb test line was 49 pounds. However, most striped basses are under 30 pounds. 30lb braid is also often used for catching large catfish.


How much weight can fishing line handle?

Fishing line is measured by its test, which indicates how much weight it can handle before breaking. The higher the test number the stronger the line. Bass fishing typically uses a monofilament leader of braided to 24lb test, which means that this type of fishing line could support up to 24 pounds before breaking under normal usage.


What is the strongest type of fishing line?

The short answer is braided line. Having said that, there are many different types of fishing lines on the market. Some of these lines are made out of synthetic fibers, while others are made from natural fibers. Of all the fishing line that is available to consumers, Dyneema® fiber is considered to be the strongest type. The manufacturer of dyneema fiber describes it as “ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber” (Dyneema).

The lines are extremely thin, but extremely strong. For example, dyneema fishing line can hold up to 453 pounds without breaking (Smithsonian Institution). This makes it perfect for all types of heavy duty fishing applications. It is also gentle on the environment because it is made from a material that can be recycled. However, you will pay more for this fishing line than other lines on the market because it is of such high quality. This is not to say that there are not good and affordable natural and synthetic alternatives (Smithsonian Institution).


How to test line strength?

Line strength is usually measured in pounds or kilograms. Every fishing line has its own minimum breaking point, which is the lowest it can hold before snapping.

If you don’t know the strength of the line you have, simply tie it to your rod and hang a weight at the end. Shake it like it would shake when a fish is hooked and Increase the weight you are lifting until the line finally breaks. The true strength per pound of your line is the heaviest weight you can lift without breaking the line.

If you know the fish you’re after you can browse our hooks size chart to find the species you’re after

If you need to understand the actual size by mm or inches check our Fishing hook size chart in mm.

If you’re looking for a Circle hook size chart we also got one. 



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