The best fishing line will depend on the type of fishing you plan on doing. If you are planning a fishing trip on a smaller body of water seeking smaller game fish you will want to use smaller line that fits the other tackle you plan to use. Four, six and eight pound test will work perfect for the smaller tackle. Threading these thin fishing lines through the tiny holes in small fishing hooks and sinkers will be a breeze. Some fishing lines are colored as well and you will want to choose the one that is less visible in the waters you are fishing. Clear fishing line is the most popular, but green and blue are available.
If you are doing any long distance casting you will want to use the lighter test fishing lines as they will allow the fish lure to travel farther because it will have less resistance and drag. The fish you may catch may have the power to break this smaller line so be sure to set the drag on your reel to a low setting before casting to ensure the line will not break easily. Even using this light test fishing line you will be able to fight the fish using the drag and the fish will eventually run out of fight and allow you to reel it in.
Fishing for larger fish will mean larger tackle and heavier test fishing line. For the sport fisherman fishing line up to fifty pound test is readily available. Larger cat fish or carp may need this heavy line. This heavy line is larger in diameter and will be hard if not impossible to thread through smaller tackle.
There is a fishing line that has become very popular in the past couple of years that will allow you to use heavy test line on smaller tackle. Braided fishing line is several strands of very small line braided together which results in high test line in smaller diameters. Some of these can be found in twenty pound test with same diameter as eight pound conventional fishing line. These are not clear in color and feel like string to the touch. Give one of these a try and you may find that it works great for you. One problem that you may have with this line is that it is very slippery and is hard to get started on the reel without using tape or some other backing material for griping the reel when you first install the braided line. This line being so slippery also needs special knots for tying the tackle so that the knot will not slip through resulting in the loss of your rigging in the water or the fish’s mouth. The strength of this line may be worth the hassle if you like fishing for larger species of fish. Some of the lighter braided lines have great strength and are so small that they will never be invisible in the water and this will be key when trying to trick a fish into eating your bait.