Can I Use Fishing Line as a Bow String?

Can I Use Fishing Line as a Bow String?

It’s no secret that bow strings are an integral part of a bow. They’re responsible for transmitting the energy stored in the limbs of the bow to the arrow, ensuring accuracy and power.

But what if you don’t have a traditional bow string? Can you use something else?

One material that has been suggested as an alternative is fishing line. After all, it’s strong and durable, making it ideal for the task at hand. However, there are some downsides to using fishing line as a bow string. For starters, it’s not as elastic as traditional materials like Dacron or Fast Flight Plus. This means that it won’t store as much energy and may not be able to handle the forces put on it by modern bows. Additionally, fishing line can be prone to fraying and breaking if not handled properly.

This means that if you do decide to use fishing line as a bow string, you’ll need to make sure that it is properly cared for and replaced regularly. Another issue with fishing line is its diameter. Most types of fishing line are too thick for most bows and will cause problems with arrow clearance when shooting. This can lead to inaccurate shots or even damage to your bow. Finally, using fishing line also means that you’ll need to purchase special serving material in order to protect your string from abrasion and wear due to contact with other parts of your bow (such as the nock or limb pockets). This can add additional costs when setting up your bow string.

All in all, while it is possible to use fishing line as a bow string, it’s best used in emergency situations or when traditional materials aren’t available. It’s important to consider the downsides before opting for this material over more traditional options like Dacron or Fast Flight Plus strings.


In conclusion, while fishing line can be used as a substitute for a traditional bow string in some cases, there are several drawbacks associated with this option such as decreased elasticity, increased diameter which can cause clearance issues with arrows, and additional costs associated with purchasing serving material.

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Lindsay Collins