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Which Ice Fishing Line is Best?

Which ice fishing line is best for you? Every ice fisherman has a line they prefer, but why? It is likely you have tried two or three different types and can’t find the best one. In our experience, the best ice fishing line depends on the situation.  Your line choice may be contingent on where you are fishing and what you are fishing for, or what ice fishing technique you use. Let’s check out the differences between the three types of ice fishing lines, so you can decide what is best for you.

Monofilament Ice Fishing Line

Monofilament line is commonly known as mono line. Mono is the most common line used. Fisherman like it because it is soft and has low “memory”.  Fishing line “memory” is the tendency of fishing line to remember a shape if stored for long periods of time.  Fishing line with high memory will have more dramatic curls when cast.  In addition to a low memory, mono line works well in cold water when using spoons or jigs, it gives nice action because it is slightly buoyant in water. The one negative in using mono line is, it is not as sensitive as other options. Also, you may have to replace it more frequently because it is more susceptible to the abrasiveness of ice, sand, and grit.

Fluorocarbon Ice Fishing Line

Fluorocarbon line is a bit better than mono in a couple of areas. It hardly stretches, is tougher, and is more sensitive. This line is perfect for feeling soft bites. Also, it sinks four times faster than mono. Fishermen commonly use fluoro when fishing in deep water, so they can get to the bottom faster. The negative of flouro line is the memory.  It tends to coil up after being on a spool, which can lead to knots.

Braided Ice Fishing Line

The final type of line is braided. Braided line has an ultra-small diameter, but that does not decrease the toughness or increase the stretchiness. When ice fishing in deep water, a braided fishing line is the way to go because it does not stretch.  Because of this, braided line will help you hook fish at depths. Also, it is harder for teeth-bearing fish to break, which are normally in the deeper water. The one negative to a braided line is that it absorbs water. This can cause issues when ice fishing because of the freezing temperatures.

So, which line is best for you?  Try each one and let us know what you think.  We are always interested in the equipment our customers are having success with.  Send us a message on Facebook!

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