What is the best fishing line for spinning reels?
No doubt you would agree that choosing a good fishing line is critical to becoming a successful fisherman. This is especially true when fishing with spinning reels. Choosing incorrectly could not only cost you some fish, but also some precious time in the boat.
For that reason, in this post we will talk about what we consider to be some of the best fishing lines for spinning reels. So let’s begin…
What is the best fishing line for spinning reels?
Here is a quick preview of the top fishing lines, for a more in-depth look at each option, please continue reading below:
- Berkley Fused Crystal Fireline
- Sufix 832
- Berkley Trilene XL Smooth Casting
- Yo-Zuri Hybrid
- Seaguar Invizx
- Seaguar TATSU
- Seaguar Finesse
- Piscifun ONYX PE Braided Line
- Sufix Elite
- Zero Memory
- Ultra smooth
- Allows For Longer Casts (up to 17% further than other options)
- Ultra Thin
With its zero memory and more abrasion resistant properties, Berkley Fused Crystal Fireline is one of the best fishing lines for spinning reels. The number one reason why I recommend Berkley Fireline is because it has been designed specifically for spinning gear.
One thing you will notice right away with this fishing line is the smoothness. Right out of the box this line is ultra smooth. Not only does this make a difference while fishing, but it also allows for longer casts. In fact, Berkley says their Fireline is able to cast 17% further than other fishing lines.
Another great reason this is a superior fishing line is because it is ultra thin. Fishing with a thin line not only makes it very difficult for the fish to see, but it also allows for great lure action.
Thinner fishing lines will also cut quickly through the water making them more effective when flipping and pitching. They also work great when fishing with bigger crankbaits. The thinner line will allow these lures to get to their maximum depth.
Check out the following video to see exactly what makes Berkley Fused Crystal Fireline one of the best lines for spinning reels.
- Made from 8 different fibers
- Abrasion Resistant
- Available in 3 different colors
If you are looking for the best-braided fishing line for spinning reels than look no further, Sufix 832 Advanced Superline Braid may be just for you.
One of the best properties of braided line is its durability. Braid can easily outlast both monofilament and fluorocarbon.
However, one thing to keep in mind when shopping for a good braid is that overtime it can lose its roundness. When this happens it can affect both your casting distance as well as put extra wear and tear on your fishing equipment. A great fishing line that will not flatten as quickly as others is the Sufix 832.
This line as its name implies is made up of 8 different fibers. This will help it to maintain its roundness and thus last longer than perhaps other braids on the market.
Another property to this fishing line, in particular, is its abrasion resistant. This works really well when fishing around rocks, stumps or other structures. The added strength also will allow you to easily haul a large bass out of heavy cover.
While Suffix 832 is not invisible like other fishing lines it does come in 3 different colors making it more difficult to see while underwater.
Additional Reading: What Is The Best Color For Braided Fishing Line?
Learn what others have to say about Sufix 832 and why we think it is the best braided fishing line for spinning reels in the following video:
- Ultra Smooth Mono
Monofilament works great when bass fishing. This is especially true when using such techniques as walking the dog, hopping a frog across some lily pads or any other topwater fishing techniques.
However, it is important to note that not all monofilaments built the same way. For that reason, when fishing with a spinning reel it is essential to select the right monofilament.
For example, if you were to choose a heavy monofilament you will quickly notice that it seems like the line doesn’t want to stay on the reel. This can lead to a big mess and you will find yourself spending more time trying to fix your line rather than actual time fishing.
With that being said, one option that I would definitely recommend checking out is the Berkley Trilene XL Smooth Casting.
One of the best features of Trilene XL is its smoothness. This ultra smoothness turns your fishing rod into a rocket launching machine. It also resists the much-dreaded line twists we all have experienced when fishing with spinning reels.
Another great property in this particular line is its sensitivity. Not only will you find this fishing line very sensitive to feel bites, but you will also be able to feel just exactly what your fishing lure is doing while underwater.
Learn more about Berkley Trilene XL Smooth Casting in the following video:
- Great Fluoro Alternative For Spinning Gear
- Hybrid line
- Doesn’t sink
- Low Stretch
- High Sensitivity
Having a hard time choosing between monofilament and braid? If so, you might want to consider Yo-Zuri Hybrid.
While many people shy away from using fluorocarbon when fishing with spinning gear due to its tendency to become a slinky, the Yo-Zuri Hybrid may just change the way you think.
Yo-Zuri has come out with a hybrid line that is the perfect mix between mono and fluorocarbon giving you the best of both worlds. While it doesn’t absorb water and thus doesn’t sink like true fluorocarbon would, it still does have some very valuable properties that we look for when choosing a fishing line.
These properties include low visibility, low stretch and high sensitivity.
What is the best fluorocarbon line for a spinning reel?
This is probably one of the most popular questions that we get here on the blog. The reason so many people ask this question is because fishing with fluoro on spinning gear can be tough. At the same time, because fluoro has so many great properties (abrasion resistant, nearly invisible, high sensitivity), we aren’t ready to give it up completely.
With that being said, we have found a few options on that market that we have found to work great on spinning tackle. Let’s take a closer look…
- A softer, more limber fluoro
- Invisible properties
Are you weary about using straight fluorocarbon on your spinning gear? If so, you need to check out Seaguar’s Invizx.
Fluoro tends to have more memory than mono. This can make fishing with it on a spinning reel a real mess (pun intended). It was for that reason, that Seaguar came out with a fluorocarbon that is softer and more limber than others on the market.
What this means is that it is going to act much like mono, but at the same time have those valuable properties that a good fluorocarbon has to offer.
The end result is a line that is invisible to the fish, but easy to work with on spinning tackle.
Another thing I like about this particular line is its invisible properties. Yes, all fluoros are invisible, but this one is like no other. Not only does it make a great option, but it also can be used for leader material when fishing with a heavier line such as a braid.
Learn more about Seaguar Invizx in the following video:
- Double Structure Fluorocarbon – Hard outer layer, softer inner layer
- High Quality
- Abrasion Resistant
When it comes to fluorocarbon fishing line, there is no doubt about it, Seaguar TATSU is the best that money can buy.
What makes it different from the competition is the double structure fluorocarbon design. That means that they take two fluorocarbon resins and fuse them together. The results are a premium line with a hard outer core and a much softer inner core.
The harder outer layer is going to make it more abrasion resistant. On the flip side, the softer inner core helps to make it more limber and easier to use, perfect for fishing with spinning tackle.
Let’s talk about the one drawback: the price. Seaguar is expensive!
There are two ways to look at the price. Many anglers like to invest a lot of money in their fishing lures, but go cheap when choosing the line. However, choosing a good lure is just as important as choosing the right line.
For example, if you catch a fish on that perfect lure, but don’t have the right line, it could cost you. Not only a good lure, but possibly a good fish. Always keep in mind that you get what you pay for, this applies to lures and fishing line as well.
- Smaller diameter
- Low Memory
- Double structure design
Another high quality fluoro also made by Seaguar is the Seaguar Finesse. Like Tatsu this line is made with a double structure fluorocarbon resulting in a line with a smaller diameter, low memory, ultra sensitive, and super strong.
What makes this option unique is the pound test. Today, if you walk into a fishing store what options do you have for pound test? 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 right?
Now, check out the options you have with the Seaguar Finesse: 5.2, 6.2, 7.3, and 8.4 pound test. What I like about this is that we have options that fall between 4 and 6-pound test and 6 and 8-pound test. Sometimes we might find ourselves in a situation where a 6-pound test can be seen by the fish, but 4 is just too light. With this fishing line, we now have an option falls right in the middle.
But does a lighter option really make that big of a difference?
For example, in the previous scenario, some fishermen might reason, well, in that case, I would just throw the heavier line and hope for the best. But it is also important to take into consideration that line weight also can affect the behavior of your fishing lure.
Yes, a lighter line is going to help the bait act more naturally and hopefully land you more fish.
Learn more about this option in the following video:
Are you looking for the best fishing line for spinning reels, but don’ t want to spend a lot of money? If so, here a few options you may want to consider:
- Zero Memory
- Small Diameter
There are many advantages of using braid when fishing with a spinning reel. One of the biggest advantages is that braid has no memory. This will also completely eliminate one common problem, line twists.
One such brand of braid that will do just that is Piscifun ONYX PE Braided Line.
This an extra tough fishing line. You will have no problems bringing in a big fish from under thick cover. It also has a much smaller diameter compared with other braids. This makes it much easier to use on a spinning reel as well as it allows you to throw a much longer cast.
The zero memory also works really well in giving you that extra sensitivity that you need while out on the lake.
The best part about this braided line is the price. Piscifun Onyx is a really good quality braid for a very affordable price.
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- Affordable option
Monofilament, Fluorocarbon, Braid or Super Line which one is the best for me?
One reason many fishermen choose monofilament over other fishing lines is knot strength. Monofilament is known to hold a stronger knot than other lines. Sufix, in particular, is well-known for creating a good fishing line that is strong and holds knots very well.
One such option that excels at holding a good knot is the Sufix Elite.
A few other advantages; while this line does have memory it is very little. It is nearly invisible making it the go-to option when fishing those clear days. Best of all it is cheap. Great for either putting on your reel or using as backing for a more expensive fishing line.
You might also enjoy reading: What is the best fishing line for a baitcaster? My Top 8 Picks
Why type of fishing line should I put on my spinning reel?
So far in this post, we have considered a number of different brands that perform particularly well with a spinning reel, but now I would like to address another question: Which type of fishing line should I throw?
At this point, I would like to tell you about a good combination that I have found to be quite effective when fishing with spinning gear. I like to throw a braided line with a fluoro leader. Why throw braid with a fluoro leader? Here are five advantages of using this approach.
Say goodbye to line twists. Mono and flouro lines have memory which means they can lead to line twists. On the other hand, braid doesn’t have much memory and won’t cause as many line twists.
Does that mean you will never get line twist when using braid? No, but you won’t experience them as frequently as you would using a different type of line.
As a side note, throwing a braid with a fluoro leader is great for beginners.
Reduce the stretch. Another advantage to braid is that it has very little stretch. This is going to give you better hookset and increase your chances of landing more fish in the boat. However, you also need to keep in mind your fishing situation and technique.
Think about this scenario, you are fishing in a kayak using a soft tip fishing rod, with mono. When you go to set the hook obviously your kayak is going to have some give. Next, fishing with a rod that has a soft tip is as going to have some give. Lastly, if you fish with mono, you have more give.
As you can see it keeps getting harder and harder to drive that hook into the fish’s mouth and this allows more opportunity for the fish to get away.
With that being said by taking into consideration your circumstances and gear you can switch over to a braid/fluoro leader for a better hook up ratio.
Invisibility. Fluoro is nearly invisible under the water, but because of its memory properties, it can be a nightmare to work with. For that reason, many anglers choose a leader so that the fish can’t see the line. This approach can give us an advantage because we can clearly see braid.
This allows you to watch your line, see how far it is going down in the water column and help you notice if something is taking the bait.
Sensitivity. Braid is extremely sensitive. Even on a stiff rod, you are going to be able to feel more with braid than with fluoro on a more sensitive rod. Obviously choosing a more sensitive line is going to give you the advantage.
Braid lasts a long time. Let’s face it, spooling up a reel with pure fluorocarbon is going to cost a pretty penny. The bad news is that it won’t last nearly as long as braid would last. However, by spooling up on braid and then using a fluorocarbon leader you are going to get more line for your money.3
My Go-To Braid / Fluoro Leader Setup
Now that we have talked about the advantages of this approach, what is the best line?
Tie it together with a FG knot and you are good to go for the day.
(Learn more about the different types of lines in this previous post: Best Fishing Line For Bass Fishing)
What is the best fishing line for spinning reels?
Well, that is up to you and your fishing needs.
However, if you are looking for the best-braided line I would recommend Sufix 832 because it will last you a long time and it has no memory.
If you are looking for a good mono I would recommend you pick up Berkley Trilene XL . Its extra smoothness makes for long casts.
Finally, if you are looking to try something new I would recommend you select Yo-Zuri Hybrid, the perfect combination of fluorocarbon and monofilament.
Now it is your turn. Share with us in the comments below what you think is the best line for spinning reels.