Can I purchase fishing line at Anaconda?
Yes, you can! Many different types of fishing line are available on the market, and as well as certain types of line being more suitable for certain species of fish and certain locations, a lot of the choice also comes down to the fisherman’s personal preference. In general, fishing line is usually divided into three sub categories: Monofilament line, Fluorocarbon line, and Braided line. Many fishermen will have different theories about which is the best fishing line to use in a given situation, so if you are new to the sport of fishing, remember to chat with some follow anglers to find out what works for them, or find your ideal solution by trial and error.
What to look for in fishing lines:
Fishing line is arguably the single most important equipment item for fishermen. It plays an important role in bait and lure presentation, in hooking fish and in landing the fish that have been hooked. Understanding the pros and cons of different line types, and using that knowledge to employ the right lines in the right situations, can greatly improve your fishing success.
1939 saw the first commercial production of nylon monofilament fishing line. This new line, primitive by today’s standards, didn’t catch on immediately. In 1958, however, DuPont introduced Stren, a thinner line of more uniform quality that could be used with different types of reels, including newly introduced spinning and spincasting tackle. This line was quickly embraced by fishermen, and led to a boom in sport fishing popularity because it helped make fishing much easier. Monofilament products still account for more than two-thirds of all fishing lines sold. As the name suggests, this is a single-component product. It is formed through an extrusion process in which molten plastic is formed into a strand through a die. This process is relatively inexpensive, producing a less costly product—which may be one of the reasons that monofilament lines are so popular.
Before the discovery of nylon, braided Dacron was the most popular line. Poor knot strength, low abrasion resistance and little stretch, however, meant that it lost popularity. In the 1990s, a new category of braided lines often called “superlines” came onto the market. Early problems such as poor colouration, castability and strength have all been improved, overcoming early disadvantages. Lures dive deeper and faster when connected to superlines. And because it’s smaller in diameter, superline is less visible to fish than monofilament, and anglers can spool more line on their reels. Also, superlines allow longer casts, making them ideal for shore-bound anglers. High break strength and low stretch permit better manhandling of big fish.
Fluorocarbon is a polymer that is nearly invisible in water because it has an almost identical refractive index (an indication of the degree at which light refracts or bends as it passes through a substance). It is inert, so it resists deterioration by sunlight and it doesn’t absorb water. The original fluorocarbon leaders were stiff and very expensive, but new technologies have produced more flexible fluorocarbon at more affordable prices. All fluorocarbon lines are stiffer than nylon, even when wet. This requires more attentiveness to the line when casting, and finer “balance” of tackle. If heavier fluorocarbon line is used on lighter rods, reels and lures, anglers will experience more difficulty. Baitcasting reels may require additional adjustment for the extra momentum created by the heavier weight of fluorocarbon.
Find all your favourite brands and types of fishing line here at Anaconda, as well as all your other fishing gear, essentials and accessories.