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How a Fishing Line is Made
How a Fishing Line is Made

How Fishing Line is made

Fishing line

Fishing line

When you start to wonder how fishing line is made you have to take into consideration that there are several different kinds of line that anglers use. There are a lot of different types of fishing and there is basically a specific category of line that you use for each fishing type.

When you are trot-lining, or long-line fishing you use what is known as trot line string to tie between stumps. You then use a smaller string to make the “stagings” that will hold your hooks. You would not put this type of fishing line on your bass fishing rod. You also would not use the line that you use to fly fish when you are casting for bass. You know there are different strokes for different folks, and there are different lines for different kinds, of fishing.

What is Fishing Line Made of?

Fishing line is made using different processes depending on the material being used to create the line and the thickness of the line being created. Length and strength are important in almost all types of fishing lines.


The materials used to create this type of line are denser than normal monofilament so the anglers hook will sink at a faster rate. It is more resilient to abrasion so the angler’s line is not as easily broken by sharp teeth in fish, or when it is snagged on underwater debris. The optical density of this type of line is lower than that of nylon line. Fish are less likely to see this line and more likely to strike at the lure the angler is using because of it.

Fluorocarbon fishing line is actually polyvinylidene fluoride or difluoride. It is known as PVDF. It is created when vinylidene difluoride is polymerized. PVDF is considered to be a very special member of the fluoropolymers because of its strength and it has a pretty low melting point. It is cost effective to use and is used in the creation of many different products.


This type of fishing line is made up from one single fiber or single plastic that can be made into different diameters of line that have differing tensile strengths. This is the most popular material for fishing line because it is the cheapest alternative when creating these items.

It is made in different colors by melting and mixing different polymers and then being pushed through tiny holes of different diameters to create the correct size strands of line. The strands that are created are spun onto spools.


Braided fishing lines are possibly the original lines. The process of taking threads and braiding them together so that they are stronger and less likely to stretch was originally used with cotton threads. Silk threads were also employed to make these lines and they are being produced today out of synthetic materials.

These lines are very abrasion resistant and they hold a knot very well. Sometimes the angler will place a piece of monofilament at the end of a braided line because the braided sections are highly visible to the fish underwater.

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