Monofilament Fishing Lines

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Monofilament lines are a standard line that are used world over, so it goes without saying that I've done my best to review the best mono lines available.

What Is Monofilament Line and When Is It Used?

As the name suggests, mono filament fishing line also known as Mono is a solitary thread of material unlike multi filament lines which come with numerous strands braided, bundled or fused together.

Nylon is the most common and popular material used for making mono filament fishing lines, although they can also be extruded from various material. Usually, different types of nylon are combined into various polymers to form alternating amounts of strength, abrasion resistance and stretch, among other vital aspects.

Anyone looking for a fishing line that offers various benefits will find much relief in mono filament fishing lines. One of the biggest advantages you can enjoy with this type of fishing lines is its price since they are somewhat inexpensive. Compared to other types of lines, the mono filament fishing lines are more buoyant. While they are the best in the market, they can weaken and become more prone to breaking, depending on how frequently you replace the line. There are several things to look for when shopping for a good fishing line.

How To Use Monofilament Fishing Line

One of the big questions I see online a lot, is when and how to use monofilament lines. Here's the quite bare basics of that question answered...

You can use your mono filament fishing line in a wide range of fishing applications. However, their general traits make them unsuitable for some fishing application. For instance, fishing in deep water using a mono filament line will make it soak up water and stretch out which will lead to minimized sensitivity and loose knots.

Generally, I don't use these lines for salt water, even shallower waters. I prefer to use mono lines for fresh water fishing, the preference being lakes and large ponds. You can use these lines for river fishing, but I personally prefer fluoro lines for a lot of fresh water fishing scenarios.

Ultimately it depends on the fish you're going after, the river velocity and the kind of debris that could be in the water.​

After purchasing your mono line, it is important to always ensure it is in the best condition... Keep it fresh by replacing it all through the season. You may also want to cut off roughly 30 feet of the line after a weekend on the lake if you plan on re-using the line.

What To Look For In A Great Mono Fishing Line:

· Diameter – Unlike other fishing lines like super lines or fluorocarbon, mono is undeniably prone to diameters. The extra circumference can be a hindering factor in how deep your baits dive. However, you can utilize the added breadth by dawdling the fall of bait or while threading your lure through cover since the broad line makes it more cut resistant.

· Easy To Handle – Mono filament line is easy to use and performs well for numerous fishing situations thanks to its flexibility. Its flexible nature is usually referred to as limpness. The limpness makes this fishing line more convenient and easier to throw into the water compared to stiffer lines.

· Stretch – Mono has the ability to stretch more than super lines. It also stretches more effortlessly than fluorocarbon which gives it a more leniency factor than other lines. If you fix the hook too tight or your drag sticks, mono filament counterbalances by stretching up to 25 per cent or more. The line also assists in preventing your hook from poking a hole in a fish’s mouth.

· Shock Strength – Shock strength is the fishing line’s ability to absorb strength and should not be mixed up with stretch. This is one of the most important considerations for anyone who wants to purchase the best mono filament line. Shock strength come handy when your line has to deal with a huge fish trouncing aggressively at boat side or the unexpected impact of a hard hook set.

· Sink Rate – The line’s near neutral buoyancy makes it easy to sink slowly. This makes mono the best option for floating subsurface presentation and top water.

· Color Palette – Manufacturers find it easier to tint mono than other types of fishing lines. For this reason, it is available in wider collection of colors. You can go for low visibility color options like clear, blue or green. Conversely, you can choose to go with high-vis shades which are perfect for line watching presentation. Mono lines such as Berkley Trilene TransOptic provides the best of both color options by adjusting color from bright gold in sunlight to low-vis clear when under the surface.

· Tying The Knot – Mono does not give a hard time when trying to tie a knot. You can enjoy a wide variety of durable and easy to tie knots without compromising the line’s strength. When tied with premium mono filament fishing line, a Palomar Knot and Trilene Knot provide almost 100 per cent knot strength.

· Inexpensive – Mono filament fishing line is the most affordable of all line options. The fishing line will not strain your wallet. Owing to the fact it plays a vital role in fishing, mono has been ranked among the sport’s best investments in various mono filament fishing line reviews.

Monofilament Fishing Line Reviews & Comparisons:

Berkley Trilene Big Game:

berkley trilene mono line

Berkley Trilene is one of my go-to lines for fresh water fishing, it is actually the first line I ever used for fresh water. Which would be why I covet it so much!

It's a great line if you're looking for something cheap that'll do the job for smaller fish.

It's easy to spool, fairly abrasion resistant (but then you expect that for a line being used in fresh water) and you can take your pick of different visibility options.

The main downside to this line is it's not always consistent, whether this is the manufacturer I don't know, but sometimes the memory on it can be absolutely awful. So it's definitely the kind of line you can expect to replace after a use or two.


  • The brand is trusted, and this line is highly recommended by fishers other than just myself!
  • It's been around for ages and it's a good line for the price.
  • Easy to spool and good abrasion resistance.

Pros and Cons:

  • Easy to spool.
  • Abrasion resistant.
  • Fairly strong.
  • Memory is debatable.
  • Not super versatile.

The Verdict:

Good line for the price, great for beginners and catfishing.

Berkley Trilene Big Game
  • Extreme fighting power for big game fish
  • Super strong incredible strength for confidence and control
  • Shock resistant controlled stretch adds fighting power
  • Incredible strength for confidence and control
  • Shock resistant - Controlled stretch adds fighting power

Cajun Red Cast:

monofilament fishing line reviews

Until recently this was my favorite mono line, but alas it's been replaced by the next line in the list.

Since the line is red, it's better suited to depths below 3-5 feet of water. This means deep lakes in particular, and this line even makes an OK line for salt water fishing. The visibility of the color red breaks down faster than any other at depth, which is why this is a good line for that kind of fishing!

This is particularly good for walleye fishing, a 3000 yard spool is great for what you'll need with that type of fishing and it's both strong and durable.

Memory on this line is far superior to the Berkley Trilene, so if you're looking for a reliable monofilament line that you don't need to replace regularly then this is a top choice.

As I said it had been my go-to line for years until very recently. There's not really anything I can fault this line for, a lot of reviews talk about the memory not being that great, but it's simply not the case. Mono filament line doesn't tend to have great memory generally, but for a mono line the CRC has fantastic memory!


  • Extreme memory for a mono line.
  • One of the strongest mono lines available.
  • Visibility is great.

Pros and Cons:

  • Durable.
  • Good transmission.
  • Very abrasion resistant.
  • Not very cheap for mono.

The Verdict:

Top quality mono line with loads to offer, I can't fault it and it has never let me down.

Cajun Cast Fishing Line (8-Pound/300-Yard)
  • Excellent for spinning and spin casting reels
  • Strong and manageable on all types of reels
  • Low memory for longer and more accurate casts
  • Excellent knot strength and abrasion resistance

Stren High Impact:

stren high impact mono line review

This is the line I've been using recently, which might shock a few more experienced people...

The line has been criticized for knotting easily, but for me that's down to casting technique and nothing else as I've not had a problem with it. It's always worth remembering when looking for a quality line that not everybody has been taught to cast properly.

What makes this so good is that it's one of the only mono lines I've used that has enough abrasion resistance and strength to be used for salt water fishing reliably.

I do a lot more fishing in salt water now, especially off the coast so it's what drove my decision to switch from the Cajun Red Cast line to this one. Visibility is good on this line for both kinds of fishing.

Ultimately it comes down to what you're looking for, if you know much about me yet, you know I mainly use Fluoro line, but this line is still a line I will use in the right conditions. Calm waters and I'll use this, otherwise I prefer Fluoro 10 times out of 10!​


  • Up-to 30lb / 400 Yd
  • Good memory
  • Versatile for a mono

Pros and Cons:

  • Works well on a variety of reels.
  • Good for beginners.
  • Fairly strong line.
  • Not very beginner friendly.
  • Memory is poor as are most mono lines.
  • Not the cheapest.
Stren SHIQS10-15 High Impact Monofilament Fishing Line, Clear, 10 Pound, 1275 Yards
  • Shock-resistant monofilament fishing line
  • Ideal combination of strength, durability, and impact resistance
  • Specially designed to land hard-hitting species
  • Exceptional performance for line-punishing coastal gamefish
  • Designed for saltwater fishing using spinning, casting, and trolling reels

So Dave... What's Your Go To Mono Line For Most Situations?

Despite the fact I'm using the Stren High Impact line most regularly at the moment, I'd still say my go-to mono fishing line would have to be the Cajun Red Cast line. It's simply better for people with all levels of experience, and simply better for those who are using monofilament for fresh water fishing, which is most of us.

Last update on 2019-04-18 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API