With so many choices on the market, deciding which spinning line to buy is a big task. Do you want braided, monofilament or fluorocarbon? How about diameter? And how much do stretch and memory matter? If you’re an experienced angler and know what you need from a spinning reel, head straight to our reviews of the best 10 fishing lines for spinning reels. We compare their strength, memory, knotting and sensitivity, along with available diameters, spool sizes and colors. If you want to know more about the properties of various types of fishing line, what to expect from them, what weight to use, and more, then head down to our Buyer’s Guide and FAQs below the reviews. They provide all the information you need to choose the right line for your next fishing adventure.
1. POWER PRO
Power Pro Spectra Fiber line is more than another thin, strong braid. It is the most advanced braided line on the market. Sure, you get all the advantages of a normal braid. Thin diameter and strong tinsel strength but you also get increased sensitivity and smoothness. Like many brands of braided line, Power Pro utilizes ultra-strong Spectra Fiber in the construction process. Unlike their competitors, Power Pro line is then treated with Enhanced Body Technology. This patented process ensures the line is round, smooth, and more sensitive than other brands. The rounded profiles also reduce memory and prevent the line from digging into the spool – both being problems braided line is renowned for. This combination makes this the perfect choice for a wide range of applications. It excels when fishing heavy cover or structure. It is also the go-to choice when chasing toothy species that usually slice through other lines with ease. Because it is known to be ‘near indestructible’ – Power Pro is suitable for both fresh and saltwater use. I don’t know If you can tell by now, but I personally really love this spinning line for more reasons than one.
BRAND: POWER PRO
TEST LB RANGE: 5 to 250 lbs.
SPOOL SIZE: 100 to 3000 yds.
DIAMETER: 0.06 to 0.89 mm
COLOR OPTIONS: moss green, white, hi-vis yellow, vermillion red
STRENGTH: Very Strong
- This line is extremely durable and almost impossible to break
- Power Pro is available in multiple colors and a wide range of sizes to fit almost any application
- Better sensitivity than other braided lines
- Is extremely limp and holds a knot well
- Thin diameter allows you to fit more line on the spool, or use less line if so desired
- The color tends to rub off quickly, although this does not affect performance
- Little to no give means it is not the best for hard-hitting species that like to run, they will be more likely to through the hook
- It will cut through almost anything it comes in contact with including the boat’s rub rails and fingers if you are not careful
Trilene XL Smooth
Berkley touts Trilene XL Smooth as America’s best-selling monofilament. While this may be as much marketing as it is fact, there is one thing we know – it is hard to find a better performing line in this price range. Like many monofilament lines, Trilene XL is not a precision-wound. That is, there will be variations in the line from one section to another. In most cases, this seems to be limited to the diameter and does not affect casting or performance. It is extremely smooth, casts well and is not too slick. Laboratory tests show an extremely high knot holding ability. Like most monofilament line – sensitivity is an issue, but the Trilene XL is on the higher end of the scale. Visibility is good and it does come in a variety of colors for different applications. This an excellent choice when fishing moving baits or lures, although not the best in heavy cover.
TEST LB RANGE: 2 to 30 lbs.
SPOOL SIZE: 110 to 9000 yds.
DIAMETER: .12 to .50 mm
COLOR OPTIONS: clear, fluorescent blue, low-vis green
STRENGTH: Moderately strong
- Affordable and long-lasting, especially well for the budget-minded or an occasional angler
- This line is smooth without being slick
- The knot holding ability is extremely high
- Available in spool sizes from 110 to 9000 yards
- Is not available in the preferred, hi-vis yellow
- Less sensitive than other lines but above average for monofilament
- Will hold memory for a few casts but does eventually return to normal
KASTKING offers affordable fishing gear well suited for anglers of all levels. Their Super Power braided line is no exception. Although at the lower end of the price spectrum, it is by no means a lesser quality line. The MultiTuf PE line, or ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene construction, offers higher abrasion resistance while maintaining casting ability. This is the same material used in the construction of ice rink edge guards and bulletproof vests, so you know it is tough. Each line is a construct of between 4 and 8 separate strands woven together. This method allows for greater tensile strength and increased elasticity as the line size increases. This is also what allows the line to continue to cast further when using high strength diameters. A proprietary coating reduces the waxy feel other braided line suffers from and allows for superior performance when using a lure with swimming action. Low memory makes precision casting possible and high sensitivity allows you to better feel the lure and the bite.
TEST LB RANGE: 6 to 150 lbs.
SPOOL SIZE: 300 to 1000 yds
DIAMETER: .10 to .45 mm
COLOR OPTIONS: low-vis grey, moss green, multi color, ocean blue, yellow
- Very high abrasion resistance
- Available in a variety of colors and diameters for many different applications
- For braided line this holds a knot extremely well
- Zero stretch and increased sensitivity allows for superior hookset
- The color fades very quickly
- Some reports of line breakage well below advertised strength
- As a relatively new product that has not been as thoroughly tested as other brands
Trilene Big Game
Many anglers have strayed away from monofilament in favor of fluorocarbon or braided options. The main reason for this is toughness, but Trilene Big Game is the exception to the rule. This is one of the most durable monofilaments available and still surprisingly affordable, making it the choice for recreational and tournament anglers alike. Plus, it has less stretch than other brands. While all monofilament lines will experience some level of stretch due to its nylon construction, Big Game is designed to provide a controlled stretch. This means you know how it will perform under pressure rather than having to wait and see when you hook a lunker (i.e. monster fish). Having a controlled stretch allows you to achieve a better hook set and control fish when they head to cover. The combination of strength and buoyance is perfect for top-waters, buzz baits, or crankbaits but excels when bank fishing. Bank anglers do not have the advantage of repositioning to guide fish away from thick cover -so knowing your line will withstand some abuse is key in this particular fishing environment.
TEST LB RANGE: 8 to 130 lbs.
SPOOL SIZE: 240 to 7800 yds.
DIAMETER: .27 to .99 mm
COLOR OPTIONS: clear, coastal brown, green, solar collector, steel blue
- Low price is perfect for the occasional angler or tournaments anglers who replace line frequently
- Even though it is monofilament, this line has an extra high strength-to-diameter rating
- Available in a variety of colors and strengths for multiple applications
- The controlled stretch allows for more predictability
- Memory is higher than either fluorocarbon or braided options and increases with diameter
- Due to the larger diameter, this line is more visible
Spiderwire was one of the first mainstream manufacturers to offer a braided line to the recreational angler and they continue to be a leader in the field. With the introduction of the Stealth brand, they have also conquered many of the negatives that have plagued the braided line industry, from the beginning. Thanks to a proprietary fluoropolymer line treatment process, they can produce a line that outperforms even the best of the earlier models and many of their modern competitors. This line is woven from multiple smaller strands (4 or 8 – depending on poundage), which provides a smoother, rounded finish. This greatly reduces the tendency to dig into the spool and allows for a bit more elasticity in higher weight lines. Spiderwire has also recognized the need to offer a wide assortment of colors and spool sizes. There is a total of 7 colors available and spools range from 125 yds. to 3000 yds.
TEST LB RANGE: 6 to 250 lbs.
SPOOL SIZE: 125 to 3000 yds.
DIAMETER: .12 to .81 mm
COLOR OPTIONS: Moss green, hig-vis yellow, blue camo, green camo, translucent, pink camo and clow-vis
STRENGTH: Very Strong
- Available in a wide range of colors to fit almost any water conditions
- Fluoropolymer treatment reduces noise, increased durability
- The line is not as prone to damage guides as some of its competitors
- Customer service representatives are available by phone or email to answer any questions you may have.
- Like many braided fluoropolymer lines, the color does fade quicker than one may expect
- An unexpectedly large number of users complain of receiving defective spools, mainly related to improper loading at the factory.
Piscifun has taken the fishing industry by storm, offering a wide assortment of affordable rods, reels, and now braided lines. The Onyx braided line is an affordable option for the angler who wants the benefits of braided without the hefty price tag attached. Like other braided lines, the Onyx is super strong – almost impossible to break. This allows you to tackle big fish and pull them from heavy cover or around a tough structure. The near-zero stretch provides superior control and the sensitivity makes it seem like the lure is attached directly to you. Every bump, twitch, and quiver is detected. The epoxy treatment used by Piscifun in the manufacturing process – provides a smooth surface allowing better cast, another problem that hinders braided competitors. Finally, there is the issue of weight. Onyx is lighter than many of the others on the market, making it easier for live bait to move about freely.
TEST LB RANGE: 6 to 150 lbs.
SPOOL SIZE: 150 to 574 yds
DIAMETER: .06 to .70 mm
COLOR OPTIONS: black, green, multi-color, ocean blue, white, yellow
STRENGTH: Very Strong
- Lightweight design for increased performance with live baits
- Increased castability for greater distance
- Superior abrasion resistance for use in heavy cover or around a structure
- High sensitivity and near zero stretch
- Smaller diameter even for braided
- Colors are very bright, sometimes too visible
- Color dye runs quickly and can make a mess
- Prone to mid cast tangles
Stren is a reputable and established manufacturer when it comes to fishing line brands out there. Long before many of their competitors were even a thought, Stren was already a legend. While they may not be known for premium braided, they are experts at fluorocarbon. If you are an angler who prefers fluorocarbon, then Stren Fluorocast deserves a shot. Why? First, this line is durable – It will allow you to tackle big fish. Second, it is one of the more abrasion resistant fluorocarbons on the market. Neither weeds, rocks, or unruly structure will part it easily. Third, it is sensitive enough to feel even the smallest nibble. Fluorocarbon is known for its sensitivity, but Stren has managed to elevate the bar with this line. Finally, it is economical. Not only is the purchase cost a fraction of other brands, this product also lasts a long time. It is not unusual to get more than a single season out of one spool.
TEST LB RANGE: 4 to 17 lbs.
SPOOL SIZE: 100 & 200 yds.
DIAMETER: .17 to .40 mm
COLOR OPTIONS: Clear
- A very economical option for the budget-minded angler
- One of the stronger, most dependable fluorocarbons available
- Fast sinking
- Sensitivity needed to detect finicky bites
- It is a little stiffer than some of the competitor’s fluorocarbon
- Some consumers have reported problems with breaks at the knot (You should test your spool before use)
- Does develop quite a bit of memory over time
Fluorocarbon line, in general, has a pretty rap. Not because it is necessarily inferior but because many anglers have used poor quality brands. Regardless of which type of line you use, poor quality equals poor performance. The key to successful fishing starts with a quality line and Seagur Invizx Fluorocarbon is a quality line. The first thing you will notice is the feel. Invizx feels more like monofilament, with a soft, pliable quality. This allows the line to lay on the spool better and tangle less. Because the line lays tightly it will also cast better with less backlash. Many anglers report this line adds a much as ten yards to their cast over other fluorocarbons. If you fish around cover, especially rocks, you will also notice an increased resistance to abrasions. This will allow you to have more confidence that the line will last more than 20-25 casts between retying, and that it will still land big fish on the 30th cast. Finally, it is almost invisible. This is a definite advantage when fishing finicky fish or those that have seen a lot of different lures thrown their way. The bottom line is Invizx provides the benefits of both fluorocarbon and monofilament without most of the problems of either.
TEST LB RANGE: 4 to 25 lbs.
SPOOL SIZE: 200 & 1000 yds.
DIAMETER: .165 to .435 mm
COLOR OPTIONS: Clear
- Superior castability and knot strength
- Low memory even after it has been through a season
- Much smaller diameter for a fluorocarbon
- Virtually invisible to fish
- Near zero stretch for excellent hook setting ability
- Tends to fray sooner than expected
- Some customers have reported poor packaging with line loose on the spool
Fireline Superline is Berkley’s attempt to offer an improved alternative to braided line. This product offers the benefits of braid without some of the drawbacks. Like many of their competitors, the first improvement they made was in the overall shape. Traditional braided is rough, which limits the casting distance. To make their line smoother, they turned to an 8-strand Dyneema construction. While this achieved the goal of a smoother, farther casting line it had other advantages as well. It is less abrasive and will not cut your fingers as easily as other brands. They were also able to achieve an even smaller diameter for better wind resistance. The line is stiffer than other braids, which you may think is a disadvantage. However, once you start using it you will find the extra stiffness can be a plus. The line can compact a bit tighter on the spool, meaning you will have fewer tangles. Additionally – the line bows less, which in turn, results in less slack on the water for better reaction time & sensitivity.
TEST LB RANGE: 2-30 lbs.
SPOOL SIZE: 125 to 1500 yds.
DIAMETER: .07 to .38 mm
COLOR OPTIONS: Crystal, flame green, smoke, blaze orange
STRENGTH: Very Strong
- The reduced bowing translates to increased sensitivity
- Smoother and easier to cast compared to many other lines
- Available in a variety of colors, weights and spool sizes to meet all your needs
- Smaller diameter for better resistance to wind
- Colors fade quickly
- Some of the colors are a bit too visible for most conditions
Fishing for big game species requires only the best equipment. When it comes to a line that will stand up to the fight that trophy wall-hangers can dish out – it is hard to beat Momoi’s Hi-Catch Diamond. This special limited-edition line is designed with big game anglers in mind. It promises to be tougher than the fish you are chasing and the environment they live in – and it certainly does deliver! This line is specifically designed for trolling big lure or large bait when in search of giant fish. It is extremely abrasion-resistant. Knots hold like glue and the line is nearly impossible to break. Reports are that it failed the IGFA test because it was stronger than the test standards allowed! Unfortunately, it does come with some drawbacks. They are not deal breakers, rather notable points that need to be considered. The extra strength is due in part to a thicker diameter. This means you will not be able to spool as much line. It also means that knots are a bit more difficult to tie. Memory is higher than you would normally prefer, but this is not a big deal when trolling. Despite these issues, this is a contender for the best monofilament available and worth every penny.
TEST LB RANGE: 12 to 200 lbs.
SPOOL SIZE: 50, 100 or 3000 yrds.
DIAMETER: .35 to 1.45 mm
COLOR OPTIONS: Special clear, brillant blue, fluorescent yellow
STRENGTH: Very Strong
- Extremely abrasion resistant
- Actual strength is far above listed weight
- Once tied knots hold even under extreme pressure
- Specially designed to meet the rigors of trolling for big fish
- Very plastic feel and not very supple
- Can be difficult to tie knots due to stiffness
- Is not certified by IGFA
BEST FISHING LINE FOR SPINNING REELS
When it comes to recreational fishing, spinning gear is by far the most popular setup. It is easy to learn, easy to use, and affordable. It can also make use of almost any type of fishing line, so no matter your preference, you can find a suitable spinning outfit. But not all fishing lines are created equal so it is important to know what qualities to look for before picking up your next spool.
Types of Line
There are three main types of fishing lines suitable for spinning gear. Each has advantages and disadvantages – so knowing how each differs from the next, is the first step in picking the right line that meets your preferences.
Braided Line – is a recent concept-release and is growing in popularity season after season. It is super strong, almost to the point of being impossible to break even when you want to. It has almost zero stretch, so it is extremely sensitive. Plus, do to its superior tensile strength, it has a much smaller diameter to weight ratio. This allows much more line to be spooled on the same reel than if you were using either fluorocarbon or monofilament. Of course, there are drawbacks. Some braided lines are so tough that it can even cut your hands when tugging on it and cutters are needed to snip tag ends or release snagged lines. It can also be difficult to tie, with many traditional fishing knots simply slipping when you try to pull them snug. You may need to use different knots.
Fluorocarbon Line – fluorocarbon was developed to try and address many of the shortcomings faced when using monofilament. It is more abrasion resistant, nearly impossible in the water, and does not stretch as much. If you do not like braided but need higher weight line, then fluorocarbon may be the answer. Because of its low visibility, you can get away with the heavier line without worrying it will spook the fish. Disadvantages include a stiffer feel that makes tying knots a bit more difficult. It also sinks quicker which makes it a less than perfect choice for topwaters.
Monofilament Line – this has been the standard for millions of recreational anglers for decades and it has served them well. While most of today’s users select it because of the low cost it is still a viable option regardless of cost. One of the biggest differences between monofilament and the other types of lines is how much it stretches under pressure. While experienced anglers may find this to be a nuisance – beginners can benefit from the extra give, especially when fighting a big fish. It also easy to tie and holds knots well. If fishing lighter weights, under 10-12 lbs., monofilament is a great choice for light lures.
Once you have decided which type of line you want to use you need to narrow the search. There are hundreds of manufacturers offering thousands of different brands – So how do you narrow the field? Here are some key features to consider when comparing one against the other.
Diameter – this measurement is usually given in mm or inches and refers to the width or thickness of the line. The larger diameter line is generally a heavier weight and stronger. However, thinner line casts better and further because there is less friction against the rod guides. It also impacts how your lure or bait will react as a thicker line generates more water resistance. Finally, finicky fish may stray away from the thicker line that is more visible to them.
Durability – all three types of the line eventually wear out, fray, and run the risk of breaking off at the critical moment. The goal is to find a line that lasts as long as possible without risking an untimely failure. Braided line lasts longer in the sun and when exposed to saltwater. Fluorocarbon and monofilament start to deteriorate with exposure to either but do not fray as easily. What you select should consider how and where you fish as well as how often you fish.
Stretch – a line with low stretch will be more sensitive and allow you to feel the slightest bite. It will also require less power to achieve a good hook set. But you do have to be careful – as the line permits minimal stretch, powerful hits from large fish can produce more shock, which could also cause a line or knot to fail. Having a little more stretch is usually desired when using topwaters.
Memory – this is a term that describes the line’s tendency to take on a curl or twist from sitting on the reel. Overtime line with a high memory will start to curl and will maintain that curl when cast. Eventually, this will result in more tangles, reduced casting distance, and less action in your lures – frustrating even the most patient angler.
Color – there are more options than ever when it comes to fishing line. Blaze orange, blood red, hi-vis yellow or green, and the list goes one. But not all these colors improve your ability to catch fish. Some just look fancier on the spool. Brighter colors allow you to better see where your line is and how it is reacting to the wind, current, or even a strike. But it can be more visible to fish, which means they may be spooked by it. If this is the case add a lower visibility leader. If you want to make your line less visible to fish, go with one that is clear or closely matches the vegetation, water, or structure such as blue, grey, or green.
BEST FISHING LINE FOR SPINNING REELS
1. What is the best type of line for spinning reels?
There are three main types of lines used with spinning gear – braided, monofilament, and fluorocarbon. All three have advantages, and disadvantages, when used with spinning gear – Neither is a complete standout to the others. The line that would be best for you depends on where you fish, what species you are targeting, and how you will be fishing. The braided line is thin, very strong, and very sensitive. Drawbacks include high visibility in the water, a tendency to fray, and minimal stretch which leads to some missed hook sets. Monofilament is popular with occasional anglers or those on a tight budget as it is the cheapest option. It does tend to develop a memory quickly and displays more stretch than other line types. Finally, there is a fluorocarbon. This is popular as not only the mainline but also as a leader. It is nearly invisible and less memory or stretch than monofilament.
2. How much line should be on a spinning reel?
Most reels will include manufacturer recommendations when it comes to optimal spool capacity. Some spools will even be marked. However, the general rule of thumb is to leave approximately 1/8 inch of free space at the top of the spool. You never want to fill the reel, as it will cause problems when casting, including coils from the loose line being released.
3. What is the best fluorocarbon line for spinning reels?
There are plenty of excellent fluorocarbon lines available. If all you were interested in was using it as leader material, any of them would be suitable. However, if you plan on using strictly fluorocarbon on a spinning reel – Stren Fluorocast would be our choice. This line is very durable, sinks fast, and offers a high level of sensitivity. While many other brands may offer 1 or 2 of these qualities it is hard to find all three in a fluorocarbon.
4. What is the best-braided fishing line for spinning reels?
This is like asking “Ford or Chevy?” There will be die-hard fans who will defend their favorite no matter what. With that in mind, our selection for the best-braided line would be Power Pro Spectra. It is extremely durable and available in a wide range of weights to fit almost any species you will be chasing. Best of all – it is much easier to work with than many other braided brands. Because of the product’s limp-nature, compared to other competitors, you will find it easier to tie knots and those knots will hold much better.
5. What is the best monofilament fishing line for spinning reels?
Without a doubt, it would be Berkley Trilene XL Smooth. This brand made our list as “Best Value” – but honestly, it would have been on the list anyway. Although inexpensive, it is not cheap. This line performs above average for a monofilament. It is smooth casting and holds knots much better than expected.
6. What is the best no memory fishing line for spinning?
Almost any braided line will outperform either monofilament or fluorocarbon when it comes to memory. Pro Power Spectra is our first choice, followed very closely by KastKing SuperPower. Both offer excellent performance and almost zero memory, even when left spooled for extended periods.
7. Should I use 4lb., 6lb., 8lb., (or another poundage) for spinning?
There is no magic line weight when using spinning gear. Each reel is designed to work with a line that falls within a specific range (i.e. 4 – 8lbs.) and this should be your guide. Using a line that is too light or too heavy will decrease the effectiveness of your equipment. Of course, you also need to consider the species you will be targeting i.e., heavier line for larger or harder fighting fish. Most experts will recommend using the lightest line possible as this adds to the challenge of landing the fish.
As always, we create our content with you, fellow adventurers, in mind. So, how’d we do? Did you find this informative? Did it help you make a decision? Did we miss anything? We’d love to hear from you below. Thanks for reading and we hope your next adventure is a great one!