What’s the Difference Between Fishing Line and Braid?

The difference between fishing line and braid can be a confusing one for many novice anglers. Fishing line is the material that is used to connect the hook and the lure to the rod, while braid is a type of rope made from multiple strands of material, usually nylon or polyester.

Fishing Line

Fishing line is typically made from monofilament, which is a single strand of plastic. Monofilament fishing line comes in a variety of sizes, thicknesses, and colors, depending on the type of fishing you are doing.

Mono fishing lines are ideal for most types of freshwater and saltwater fishing since they are strong, durable, and relatively inexpensive. They also float on top of the water so they can be easily seen by anglers.


Braided fishing lines are usually made from several different strands of material such as nylon or polyester twine. These multiple-strand braids are more flexible than monofilament lines and offer superior strength when compared to mono lines.

Braid also has less stretch than mono which allows you to feel more bites even at greater distances. Braided lines are usually more expensive than mono lines but they last longer so you don’t need to replace them as often.

Fishing line and braid both have their advantages and disadvantages depending on what kind of fishing you’re doing. Monofilament is great for beginner anglers since it’s affordable and easy to use while braided lines offer superior strength and sensitivity for more experienced anglers who need to feel every bite or pull from their Target fish. Ultimately, it’s up to each individual angler to decide which type of line will work best for them based on their experience level and specific needs.

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Emma Gibson