What Is The Best Line For Trout Fishing?

Trout is a popular type of fish to go after. I get asked a lot of questions about what the best line for trout fishing is. In today’s blog post I’m going to settle it once and for all!

While readers will already know what I think the best overall fishing line is for most situations – it does vary and I always say it’s about the right line for the right time. In this case, I wanted to really go over the pros and cons of a few lines that are going to serve you well for trout fishing.

Best Type Of Fishing Line For Trout:

Braided, Fluoro or Mono for Trout?

This is a good question that needs to be answered right away. Trout is a freshwater fish, notoriously line shy and very cautious. This means you will want a line with a low visibility and you just can’t beat fluorocarbon for that. So in my opinion fluorocarbon is the best type of fishing line for trout.

Fishing Line Color By Water
Source: Fix.com Blog

The above illustration, courtesy of fix.com shows exactly what I’m talking about in this situation.

Not only this but when you actually take a look at an infoimage of the visibility of the lines at different depths you can see how perfect fluoro really is for trout.

Fishing Line Color By Depth
Source: Fix.com Blog

When it comes to trout you just can’t look beyond fluorocarbon!

The Best Line For Trout – The Contenders:

1. Seaguar Invizx

The Seaguar Invizx Fluorocarbon Line is one of the best freshwater fluorocarbon lines due to its extremely low visibility.

The line doesn’t have a lot of stretch, even compared to other fluoro lines which is really important for trout. Which are by nature a little bigger than a lot of freshwater fish. Seaguar not only invented this line, but they invented fluorocarbon line itself which says something about the quality you’re getting with this tried and tested fishing line.

It has great knot strength which is another major plus for trout fishing.

Seaguar Invizx Fluorocarbon 200-Yards Fishing Line (17-Pounds)
  • Fluoro premier has 42% more knot strength than leading Fluorocarbon competitors
  • Made from 100% Seaguar resins and produced using our proprietary extrusion process
  • Abrasion resistant

2. P-Line Floroclear

Considered one of the leaders in the category for knot strength and casting, this line has a bit of an edge on the Invizx if you’re interested in doing some baitcasting. This is pretty interesting in itself because there aren’t many situations in my humble opinion where you’re going to want a fluorocarbon line for baitcasting. I actually wrote about that a little bit here.

Other than the fact that this line is just very damn strong for a fluoro line which makes it ideal for trout, it’s a nice nylon hybrid which gives it the unique edge over some of the other options on the market and in my opinion makes trout fishing a lot more enjoyable for most of us.

If you want a line that offers all the benefits of fluorocarbon lines but doesn’t feel typical of a fluoro this is the line for you.

P-Line Floroclear Filler Spool (300-Yard, 6-Pound)
  • Flor clear's Fluorocarbon coating causes the line to virtually become invisible once it enters the water
  • This gives anglers the advantage of a more stealthy presentation, which will guarantee more strikes and hookups
  • With a special silicone treatment, has reduced memory and increased stability
  • Virtually Invisible
  • Superior Knot Strength

3. Sunline Super FC Sniper

Conditions aren’t going to be perfect every time you go trout fishing, that’s just the way she goes. So in cases like this, it’s good to have a backup line that offers good abrasion resistance and a line that’s optimized for heavy cover.

The Sunline Super FC Sniper is the line you’re going to want in this situation. It still offers all the benefits of lower visibility while being able to handle pretty much anything you throw at it in most freshwater settings.

It’s one of those cases where I used to get frustrated quickly during bad weather conditions, most of my friends love some recreational trout fishing and it seemed like most weekends we would end up with bad weather. Once I got this line (thanks John) it made life a whole lot better and I consider it the best line for trout fishing in bad weather.

Sunline 63039820 Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon Fishing Line, 660-Yard, 8-Pound, Natural/Clear
  • Extreme abrasion resistance
  • Excellent for heavy cover applications
  • Uniform line diameter
  • Triple resin coating for softer supple handling

Reeling It In

In conclusion, the best line for trout fishing is always going to be fluorocarbon, there’s just no getting around that. Personal preference aside with a need for objectivity I have to admit it despite my general dislike of fluoro. Of the 3 options I’ve outlined I think all of them are great picks, but the #1 vote has got to go to Seaguars Invizx.

– Dave

Last update on 2019-05-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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