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Comparing The Three Types Of Fishing Line

Author: Bullbuster Team

Monofilament, Braid, & Fluorocarbon Fishing Line (Comparisons)

In the video below we talk about the three types of fishing line. Namely, monofilament, braided, and fluorocarbon fishing line.  The video covers the main differences between these three types of line and where each has its place. 

Comparing Monofilament To Fluorocarbon As Leader Material 

The video below compares monofilament to fluorocarbon fishing line as leader material.   

Some Key Points: 


- Harder (More Abrasion Resistant)

- More See Through

- More Expensive


- Softer

- Less Abrasion Reistant

- Less Expensive

     Catalog Of Monofilament Leader Material In Coils

Catalog Of Fluorocarbon Fishing Lines

  • Below is a catalog of fluorocarbon fishing lines that we carry on We carry two size spools. 

Comparing Braided Fishing Line To Mono (Diameters)

The video below talks about the differences in diameter between monofilament and braided fishing line. This is often a metric that is looked at when deciding how to spool your reel. 

Since the advent of braided fishing line people have consistently been trying to figure out how to compare its diameter to monofilament fishing line.  Below you will find a number of comparisons that will help you make better decisions when purchasing fishing lines.  Most anglers add braid to their reel to increase how much line they can hold.   Anglers use braided line as backing with a mono topshot, however many anglers fill their entire reel with braid.

Choosing Between Braid & Mono

In the video below we explain how to use these diameters for you to choose your fishing line. 

Other Resources You May Find Useful:

Choosing The Color Of Your Monofilament Fishing Line

This guide helps you to choose the right color for your monofilament fishing line. 

Choosing The Color Of Your Braided Fishing Line

On we carry braided fishing line in two colors.  Below is a guide to help you choose between green braid or yellow braided fishing line. 

Figure Out How Much Line Your Reel Needs: 

The Ultimate Guide To Braided Fishing Lines

Below is an in-depth guide to braided fishing lines, the Youtube video covers everything in depth and below that there is a link to the article where you can read more about it. 

Everything You Need To Know About Braided Fishing Lines

Braided fishing line, also known to most as “braid” has been steadily gaining ground in the fishing world for the past decade. Braided lines have very little stretch and have extreme strength to diameter ratios when compared to monofilament or fluorocarbon lines. These features make braid an ideal line for long casts, reaching previously unheard of depths and feeling soft bites. Our braid has been designed to be an all around performance braid, with excellent casting, delightful handling, and pure toughness.

(If You Know The Basics Benefits Of Braid KEEP SCROLLING)

+ Why Is Braided Fishing Line Awesome?

(If You Know The Basics Benefits Of Braid KEEP SCROLLING)

+ It Is Extremely Thin

Braided fishing lines make big game fishing possibly on smaller and smaller reels. You will tire yourself out a heck of a lot less using a small conventional then a bulky 80 or 130wide.

Our braid is a fraction of the diameter of monofilament or fluorocarbon which allows you to pack amazing quantities of heavy line on small reels. Because of this braid has revolutionized big game fishing with light tackle. Anglers are constantly landing bigger and bigger fish with lighter and lighter tackle, and reels are being designed JUST to handle braids tensile strength capacity.  

Because braid is so thin, it easily cuts through the water and can help you reach great depths. Whereas deep dropping was traditionally done with heavy reels full of monel steel, one can now deep drop with braid with smaller setups that can reach new depths. 

+ Braid Has Very Little Stretch

Braided fishing lines have very little stretch compared to mono and fluorocarbon lines. This makes new types of fisheries possible.

Our braid has virtually no stretch. This means it has the sensitivity you need when trying to feel elusive bites. This is great for the soft thump of a a snook, or the distant thrashings of a daytime swordfish.

+ It Lasts For A Long Time

Braid will last much longer on your reel than mono. We recommend spooling at least half of each of your reels with braid so you don't have to fill your reels as often.

(Check out our article on how buying braid in bulk can help you spend more time fishing)

Braid, especially when used for backing can last for a long time! When compared to mono or fluoro, braid has a lot less wear and tear. This is because it stretches less and is not subject to weathering from sunlight.

How Often Should You Change Your Braid?

(If You Are About To Spool Your Reel, You Won't Have To Worry About This For A While So KEEP SCROLLING)

#BullbusterAmbassador Matt from team South Florida Sharks spools up his duel with 130Lb Bullbuster braid for some landbased shark fishing.

We get asked this question all of the time.  What's great about braid is that you really don't have to change it that often.  It depends on a few factors.

1) Are you using your braid as backing? 

If you are using your braid as backing expect to get up to a few years out of your braid if you have enough mono topshot to keep your braid from entering the water for the most part. In this case your braid is more like a back up booster for when you hook something more stoppable. Your mono will have most of the wear and tear (make sure you are changing this on a regular basis). 

2) Are You Fishing Around Structure?   

If you are fishing around structure, you may start to notice some wear and tear on your braid.  When you see small fibers sticking off the end of your braid, it may be time to strip some braid off of your reel. This means the braid is starting to loose its structural integrity. Most of the time this should only affect a small area.  However if you are one to fish around structure a lot, it may be time to add some mono topshot or a wind-on leader

3) Do You Care How The Line Looks On Your Reel?

After several months of fishing with your braid, you may notice some color fading from it.  For Bullbuster (we can't vouch for all braids), this does not mean that you are loosing the structural integrity of your braid, but if you are one of those guys who like your tackle looking on point, it may be time to re-spool. If you are not you should be fine. 

Quick Tip:  As a line company you would think that we wouldn't bring this up, but we will ( we are in the business of helping you spend more time fishing) .  If your braid starts to fade in color, go ahead and use that braid as backing for another reel, that way you can re-use it since it has plenty of strength left over. 

4) Are You Fishing From The Beach?

Braid can be great for the beach but after lots of time of the beach it will start to get some wear and tear.  After a few months of non stop beach fishing take a look at your braid for any structural damage. 

Reel_Warriors using Bullbuster 50Lb braid to fish for sharks with spinning tackle from a Palm Beach County Beach.

If this isn't enough information about how you check out the link below:

(Check out this discussion on the world's biggest fishing forum The Hull Truth, on how often to change your braid)

+ How Do People Use Our Braid?

(If You Know What You Will Use Your Braid For KEEP SCROLLING)

(We believe that the best way to test a braid is by actually using it, check out all of our braided fishing line reviews)

+ Braid For Jigging:

When butterfly jigging pack your reels with braid and add a mono our fluoro topshot. This AJ was caught aboard the Reward Fleet in Miami Beach, Fl.

People who like to jig usually fill their whole reels with braid. Braids thin diameter helps your jig reach the bottom with lightning speed. It also allows you feel subtle bites on your way down.

Target Species When Jigging With Braid Include:

+ Braid For Deep Dropping 

One heck of a mixed bag for a deep dropping session don't you think? This photo was taken by #BullbusterAmbassador L&H Sportfishing

Whether you are fishing an electric reel or a big manual reel, you need braid for deep dropping. There is no other way to avoid big U’s in your line when dropping your baits deeper than 400 feet. Braid will help you get down there, and braid will help you .

Target Species When Using Braid For Deep Dropping: 

  • Vermillion Snapper
  • Mystic Grouper
  • Yellow Eye Snapper
  • Queen Snapper
  • Warsaw Grouper
  • Snowy Grouper
  • Golden Tilefish
  • Blue Tilefish
  • Etc...

+ Braid to Punch Grass For Bass:

This bass was caught in Lake Okechobee by #BullbusterAmbassador Cpt. Scott Rose. Bass tend to congregate in the deep water under grass waiting for insects , frogs, or rodents to drop into the water. In order to pull a bait through the grass you will need heavy braid to really do some PUNCHING!

Many bass fishermen exclusively use braid for punching grass. Braids thin diameter and extreme strength can be very useful and punching your lure through the grass. If your lure gets stuck, give it a good yank and get back to fishing! The bass fishermen we talked to usually use between 50 and 80Lb braid to tear big bass out of thick grass.

+ Braid For Daytime Swordfishing

This rare catch was actually a swordfish caught off of an oil platform on a 4/0 filled with braid. How crazy is that! Big props to #BullbusterAmbassador Mark Bosler from Team Swordacrazy. They really are Swordacrazy!

We have a lot of ambassadors that are amazing at daytime swordfishing.  You need braid for daytime swordfishing. The first reason you need braid for daytime swordfishing is that you need to cut through the water easily without a giant "U" in your line.  When you are dropping for daytime swordfish you will often need to get your bait down to over 1500 feet.  The second reason is that braid has very little stretch and therefor have great sensitivity.  Without a big "U" and with very little stretch you will see your bites and hook more fish. 

Our braid was featured in an article about Daytime Swordfishing in Florida Sportfishing Magazine.

+ Braid For Site Casting:

#BullbusterAmbassador Double Threat Charters sneaks up on a school of taiiling bonefish. They pack their spinning reels with 20Lb braid to get those extra yards and accuracy on their casts.

Our braid is perfect for sight casting because it gets less wind knots then almost any comparable braid. Who wants to see a school of daisy chaining tarpon, or tailing bonefish and loose out your shot to a damn wind knot? We don’t!  Braid is excellent for site casting because it slices through the air and is easy to aim.  Most flats fishermen nowadays pack their spinners with braid to get that extra 20 yards on their cast.  

+ Braid For General Fishing:

If you are like us and you have some rods that you use for pretty much anything that comes your way. Braid is probably the way to go. Yea it is more expensive than mono but you really can’t beat it when it comes to castability, durability, your ability to pack tons of yards on a tiny reel.

+ What & How Much Braid Do You Need?

Did you just get a new reel? Use our line capacity tools below to figure out exactly how much line you are going to need before ordering it online.

(If You Know How Much Braid Your Reel Holds KEEP SCROLLING)

Register your reels with us so that we can help recommend you lines, or try our braided backing and mono topshot calculators to do it yourself.  Also you can check out the braided line capacity of your reel using our handy tool. We are ready to help you spend more time on the water with our brand direct braided fishing lines delivered directly to your doorstep.

Below are some resources to figure out the braided line capacity of your reel: 

We have put together the largest line capacity database in the world so that you can figure out exactly how much braid you need for your reel.  We hope that this becomes a great resource for you and your fishing friends. Spread the word, and if you see a reel that we do not have the braided line capacity for, let us know. 

Braided Line Capacities By Brand

Braided Line Capacity Of Shimano Reels - Get the braided line capacity for all Shimano Reels

Shimano has more reels than we can count on one hand, thats for sure.  Some popular models that are suitable for braid are :

  • Tiagras
  • Talicas 
  • Stellas 
  • Trinidads
  • Etc. 

Above are just a few of the reels that do well with braid, click the image to find out the braided line capacity for any Shimano reel. 

Braid makes for great backing for these Italian coventional reels.  You can't go wrong with an everol reel.  Click the link above to find out how much braid you can fit on your Everol.

  • Braided Line Capacity Of Penn Reels - Find out how much braid you can put on your Penn
    There is no question that Penn reels are classics.  They have been around for way longer than we can remember.  Check out the braided line capacities of any Penn Reel by clicking the link above. 
Daiwa Reels - Find out how much braid you can put on you Daiwa

We have to  admit that we are kinda loving the re-design of Daiwa's logo.  Not only have they gotten a new look recently but they revamped their reels.  Check out all of the line capacities for Daiwa reels by clicking the link above. 

Avet Reels - Find out how much braid you can put on your Avet
Accurate Reels - Find out how much braid you can put on your accurate
Quantum Reel - Find out how much braid you can put on your Quantum
Van Staal - Find out how much braid you can put on your Van Staal

Braided Line Capacity Of Truth Reels

What Is The Difference Between 4 Strand Braid A 8 Strand Braid & A 16 Strand Braid?

(If You Know The Difference Between Braid Strands KEEP SCROLLING)

This yellowfin tuna was caught on 65Lb Bullbuster 8-strand braid by #BullbusterAmbassador Team Swordacrazy

 Braided line is made from tiny fibers that are fused into strands and then braided into a solid (or as you will find out about below, hollow core) braids. The names are pretty self explanatory, the 4 strand braid has 4 strands which are woven together to make a single line, the 8 strand braid has 8 strands that are woven together to make a single line, and the 16 strand has 16 strands that are woven together to make a single line.  The basic difference between these three different types of braid are castability and abrasion resistance.  

A Basic Rule Of Thumb For Braid Strands:

With more strands you improve your castability and with less you increase you increase your abrasion resistance. 

So how many strands of brand does Bullbuster Braid Have?

We follow the basic rule of thumb above to come up with the best formulation for our braid.  

Most Important Factor For Thin Diameter Braid  = Abrasion Resistance

#BullbusterAmbassador Alex Wexler and TeamGooganOfficial take some nice snook on 20Lb Bullbuster 4 strand braid during the mullet run

Our lighter braid (40Lb and below) we make a four strand braid. The reason we make our lighter braids a 4 strand braid is because our lighter lines have thinner diameter so the most important factor for them is abrasion resistance.  Our lighter line has no problem casting, as a matter of fact, you may need to even slow it down with your fingers when you cast towards structure (you will be surprised how nicely it casts). 

Most Important Factor For Thicker Diameter Braid = Performance

We want our thicker diameter lines to perform well, performance means handling and castability.  Our braid between 50 & 200Lb is 8 strand braid.  This thicker diameter braid does not have a problem with abrasion resistance because the material that makes up each strand is much thicker than our lighter braids. We do however want it to cast well and feel nice in your hands so thats why we make sure this lighter braid is 8 strand braid. 

Does Bullbuster make 16 - Strand Braid?

Yes we do make 16 strand braid, we will talk a little more about it in the nest section (SCROLL DOWN).  Having 16 strands allows us to give our braid some special qualities. 

Did You Know That There Are Two Types Of Braided Fishing Lines?

(If You Know That There Are Two Types Of Braid KEEP SCROLLING)

Peter Barret from Barret Rods gets ready to test out our solid core braid on some big snook in his waders!

There actually two types of braided fishing lines.  One type is solid core braid and the other one is hollow core braid.  These braids are made from the same material, they just have different braiding patterns. The solid core braid has a more tightly woven braid, it has no hole in the middle.  The hollow core braid has a whole in the middle and allows you connect monofilament fishing lines with a knotless connection.  For most applications solid core is the braid that you will need.  If you are an advanced fisherman and want to make your own knotless topshots or wind-on leaders, hollow core may be the way to go. 

(Find Out If Hollow Core Braid Is For You Here)

+ When Is Braid Not Your Best Bet?

(If You When Braid Is Not Your Best Bet KEEP SCROLLING)

Even though braid is pretty awesome, there are a number of times when it is just not your best bet. Below you can find two examples when braid is not the best thing to use. 

+ Are You Fishing Around Jagged Structure?

When #BullbusterAmbassador Cpt. Ben Chancey hooks a goliath he does not want to put braid up against a jagged structure (the wreck this monster is trying to get back into)

If you are fishing around jagged structure braid is not your best bet unless you are using a significant mono topshot. While braid is insaneley sharp, its thin diameter does not play well together with sharp stuff. 

+ Do You Need Invisible Line?

Below Is A Catalog Of Solid Core Braided Fishing Lines

Below Is A Catalog Of Hollow Core Braided Fishing Lines

A Guide To Monofilament Fishing Line

Below is an in-depth guide to monofilament fishing line on our Youtube channel. Below the video you will find a link to the article that talks about this as well as a preview of that article. 

Everything You Need To Know About Monofilament Fishing Line

Monofilament fishing lines known to most as “mono fishing lines” are still today one of the most popular types of fishing line. Mono lines are easy to handle and have the give and take to keep your hook firmly set in a fish's mouth. Our monofilament lines have great casting, low memory and , have extreme tensile strength to diameter ratios.

We put together this guide to help you to not only learn more about monofilament and where it is your best bet, but to help you to figure out what type to you, how to choose your line colors, how much you need, how often to change it, etc. Our ultimate goal is to help you spend more time fishing. 

Tips For Reading This Guide:

 We have tried to order the from most basic to more advanced.  This is so everyone can get started with this guide.  If you know something already simply keep scrolling.  Anyone can get started with this guide, but only those ready to make a commitment to spending more time fishing are going to get what they need out of it. 

+ Why Mono Is Awesome? 

(If you already know the basic benefits of monofilament SCROLL DOWN)

+ It Is Easier To Handle Than Braid

Monofilament is softer and more flexible than braid so it is more forgiving on your hands. It is also more conducive to rapid rigging since it does not require fancy tools to cut through it like braid 

+ Monofilament Acts Like A Shock Absorber

Our monofilament has high stretch and low memory. This means it has give and take to let you fight a fish without getting jerked around or tearing a bigger hole in the fish’s mouth and when the pressure releases the line goes back to its original form with little to no trace that it ever stretched. 

+ Monofilaments Thicker Diameter Is Good Around Structure

When you are around structure monofilament’s thicker diameter comes in handy, it means that it can take more of a beating while maintaining more of its strength.  If this is important to you, you may want to use  a heavy leader topshot, or even a wind-on leader.  If you are an intermediate to advanced fisherman you may consider using our hollow core braid to adjust your seamless leader length with ease.

+ It Floats!

While mono does absorb some water it usually remains neutrally buoyant, meaning that it is great for working topwater lures or not messing up the action of any number of lures that have different sinking rates. 

+ It Is The Most Economic Fishing Line

Monofilament is pretty old technology so the methodology of making it has been perfected over time to make you a high quality product at a very affordable cost. Our monofilament is made by combining pellets of several different polymers that are extruded, stretched, and cooled at at optimal levels to bring you a line that catches fish and is simply badass.

+ It Is Really Easy To Tie Knots With

Below is a catalog of monofilament fishing lines: 

Resources for Monofilament Fishing Line: 

      If your goal is to spend more time fishing, one of the things you need to do is take care of your gear. Fishing line included. 

    The chart below shows the diameters of all of the monofilament fishing line that we carry on

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