Monofilament VS Fluorocarbon

Fluorocarbon Leader Vs Monofilament Line!

Many anglers are torn between using Fluorocarbon or Monofilament for their fishing. Both products have their own list of pros and cons, so ultimately it is up to the angler to assess the situation which they are fishing in and decide which type would be better for use.

Monofilament products have been on the market for years and have enduring popularity amongst traditional anglers. It is made from a single fibre of plastic which has been carefully spun into a thread for use as a line. Its low cost has played an important part in its ongoing popularity.

Fluorocarbon lines are a more recent addition to the angling market. These lines are made of a complex polymer of fluorine and carbon. The process which is required to fashion lines and leaders out of fluorocarbon can be expensive, and this cost is passed on to consumers.


Monofilament lines are lower cost than other lines, which means that they are accessible for all anglers. The lines themselves are hard to see underwater, meaning that they are unlikely to scare fish away from baits and lures. It is very easy to tie knots and to cut monofilament lines, meaning that it is easy for all anglers to use this type of line. The fact that it is less expensive means that if anglers do make mistakes with their knots and cuts, the cost of wasted line is less significant.

Mono lines can absorb water readily, meaning that they can become too heavy for some techniques if they end up becoming waterlogged. Monofilament lines also become easily dried out and brittle when they are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet light. This can mean that monofilament lines need to be changed more regularly than fluorocarbon lines. As there are a lot of cheap spools of monofilament available, it can be hard to find good a good quality brand with consistent thread width.


Fluorocarbon lines have a less of a line stretch than monofilament lined. These also do not absorb water in the same way as mono lines do, meaning that anglers are able to make longer and more accurate casts, even after a long day of fishing. Fluorocarbon lines are stronger, which allows anglers to target bigger fish that may put up more of a fight. Fluorocarbon is even harder to see than monofilament when it is underwater. These lines are not damaged by UV, meaning that they can last much longer than other types of lines. Whilst the cost of fluorocarbon lines is greater at the outset, good quality lines can last for a long time, making them more cost-effective.

Fluorocarbon lines can be stiffer than monofilaments ones, meaning that it can be harder to make them stay on the spool on spinning reels. The sink rate for fluorocarbon lines is much faster than mono lines, meaning that it is possible to get to the strike zone faster; however this means that fluorocarbon lines are not suitable for certain types of fishing, such as surface lure fishing.



Monofilament VS Fluorocarbon - Berkley Fishing

Monofilament VS Fluorocarbon – Illustration by Berkley Fishing