Does Braid Fishing Line Float or Sink?

Braid fishing line is one of the most popular types of fishing lines available and it is used by many anglers for a variety of fishing techniques. The question often arises as to whether braid fishing line floats or sinks.

The answer depends on the type of braid you are using and how it is configured.

There are two types of braid line, floating and sinking. Floating braid lines are designed to float on the surface of the water, allowing for better visibility when casting and retrieving lures.

This type of line is great for topwater techniques such as popper fishing or walking baits. Sinking braid lines, on the other hand, are designed to sink beneath the surface of the water, making them ideal for bottom fishing techniques such as drop-shotting or Carolina rigging.

The type of braid you choose will also determine whether it will float or sink. Braided line made from nylon monofilament has a higher density than fluorocarbon and will therefore sink more quickly when submerged in water. Fluorocarbon has a lower density than nylon monofilament so it floats more easily on the surface.

The configuration of your braid can also affect its buoyancy. For example, if you tie your braid in a loop knot, this can create pockets that trap air which can make it more buoyant and cause it to float on the surface. Similarly, if you use a double uni knot to attach your leader line to your main line then this can also add extra buoyancy and cause your main line to float on top.


In conclusion, whether your braid floats or sinks depends on what type you are using (nylon monofilament vs fluorocarbon) and how it is configured (loop knots vs double uni knots). Ultimately, choosing between a floating or sinking braid largely depends on what type of fishing technique you plan on using it for.

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Michael Allen