The TOP 9 Best Carp Fishing Lines Reviewed 2021 (Complete Guide)


Let’s get down to business. If your line is substandard, then your fishing is going to suffer. It really is that simple.

Lines are not all created equal and they have different properties, which is what I am now going to explain.

If you want to fish with confidence, you are going to need the best carp fishing line you can get.

This article is going to tell you everything that you need to know.

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TOP 9 Best Carp Fishing Lines of 2021

Berkley Trilene XL Monofilament Fishing Line

Monofilament used to be the only line that people would use. When it is as good as this I can see why.

Want me to explain?

Monofilament, or ‘mono’ if you prefer has several key features that make it one of the best fishing lines for carp. All of these features are present in this line.

The clear color means that it has a low visibility profile in the water. This is vital if you want to get more bites from wary fish.

The line is specially formulated to resist kinks and twists. As a result, you can expect less tangles. Line consistency is also important, the less subtle variations in diameter, the smoother your casting. Fortunately, this line is great quality.

Pros

  • This line is great value considering you get 330 yards per spool.
  • It is a well-known brand and should be super good quality.

Cons

  • Whilst it is clear, it isn’t entirely invisible in the water.

Takeaway

This strong and supple line is a good all-around choice. It is ideal for carp fishing, and would make a great choice for beginners.

Rikimaru Premium Monofilament Fishing Line

A key advantage of using mono is how it stretches. But you want that stretch to be controlled and consistent. This line offers this in abundance. The line is stretchy, but not to the point where it deadens ‘feel’. Bites will still be transmitted to your fingertips.

And that’s not all…

Another area in which this great quality line shines is when tying knots. This line is flexible enough to make your knots fast and flush without any give, which is a key area of weakness in stiffer lines.

Pros

  • The controlled stretch makes this line super responsive and versatile.
  • It makes for tying perfect knots 100% of the time.

Cons

  • It might be too unforgiving for beginners.

Takeaway

This line offers a really great compromise between stretch and strength. The likelihood of failure is much reduced. This can only be a good thing when fishing.

SpiderWire Ultracast Ultimate Fishing Line

SpiderWire are a premium brand, and as a result they offer premium performance.

And this isn’t just any mono line…

For a single spool this line is packed with features. For a start you’ll gain about 33% more strength by using this line. Essentially what that means is that a 10lb line will behave more like a 13lb line… With no increase in bulk. I really like it.

What else?

For such a tough line this is really stretchy. The line has the ability to stretch by 15%. If you get hard pulls, or need to cast a little heavier, then this makes it ideal.

As anglers we aim to be environmentally friendly. This line can even help with this. The spool size and packaging has been reduced to prevent waste. This is a nice touch to an already excellent line.

Pros

  • A line that is stronger than it looks.
  • Smooth casting ability and consistency.

Cons

  • The stretch might not be for everyone, but that is down to personal taste.

Takeaway

Overall, I would say this is one of the best carp fishing lines in 2021. It offers everything you need and is really great value.

Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

Berkley have made their name in baits and lures. So… there’s something that they are experts in?

Let me enlighten you…

They know how to catch fish! Much of what makes good lure fishing line, transfers directly to carp fishing. The two main things that fluorocarbon offers are increased ‘feel’ and near invisibility in the water. This is what you are getting with this product.

Fluoro can sometimes be a little stiff. With this line it isn’t a problem, as it is one of the most flexible fluorocarbon lines out there. This means that tying knots, casting and tangle prevention are all nicely balanced.

Pros

  • I love that you get a little bit more flex than standard lines.
  • The line is utterly invisible when submerged.

Cons

  • The lack of stretch in the line may be difficult to get used to, for beginners especially.

Takeaway

Berkley have combined quite a few of the nice features of mono with all of the benefits of fluorocarbon. As industry leaders, we would expect nothing less from this quality product.

Stren Fluorocast Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

Sometimes you just want something American made. If that’s the case then this is the line for you.

Is it a good line for carp fishing?

Absolutely. As you’ll already know, carp fishing often takes place in deeper water. This line is super dense.

What does that mean?

It means that the natural behavior of the line is to sink, and sink quickly. The greater density also means that there is very little ‘give’ in the line. You’ll be able to detect even the finest of bites.

The line is strong and shock-resistant. With substandard lines you can often lose an aggressive fish immediately as a result. With this line you don’t need to worry as it has the ability to absorb harder bites. If you get a bite, you’ll always ensure that the hook is set without worrying about ‘bumping off’ the fish.

Pros

  • Made in the USA. So quality is practically a certainty.
  • A really strong line that ensures that you can set the hook quickly and effectively.

Cons

  • I would have liked to have seen more than 200 yards on a spool, if I use a big reel, I want to fill it.

Takeaway

I tend to buy American when I can. Fortunately, with the quality and value presented in this line I can make an uncompromising choice.

Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

As I’ve already said, fluorocarbon fishing line can often be a little ‘stiff’. One key area where it is likely to fail is at your knots. Particularly around the ‘business end’, of your hook.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

This line is triple resin coated. What that means is that it is softer. ‘Softer’ doesn’t actually compromise strength. It allows better line handling; this is particularly true for tying knots.

Is that all?

No, because the line is coated, you also get excellent abrasion resistance. This is really ideal if you are going to be fishing on rough ground such as rocks.

One guaranteed quality of this line is that it is uniform in diameter. By ensuring perfect line consistency you get an increase in casting distance, and perhaps more importantly, predictable behavior from the line.

Pros

  • The resin coated line ensures perfect casting.
  • Superior abrasion resistance.

Cons

  • For the money, you can get similar performance at a lower price point.

Takeaway

This line is quality, but it isn’t for those who are on a budget. That said you really do get what you pay for. As Fluoro fishing line goes, this is one the best.

SpiderWire DURA-4 Braid Fishing Line

If you have already seen our mono offering from SpiderWire you will already know what you are getting with regards to quality.

So, what’s different?

For a given breaking strain, braid is about 60% thinner than other lines. This means you can fit more on a spool. If you have a big reel you can effectively double up on distance!

Wait there’s more.

By reducing line diameter, you cut down on air resistance. And what does this give you? A much greater casting distance. What’s not to like?

I really like the moss green color of this line. Provided you are fishing in the right conditions it should be really difficult for the fish to see it in the water.

Pros

  • For a given diameter braid is much stronger.
  • The color of the braid makes it ideal in natural settings.

Cons

  • Dark green braid will not be quite so invisible in clear water conditions.

Takeaway

Braid takes a little getting used to. If you are going to start your journey with braid, this product would act as a worthy and effective introduction.

Berkley X9 Braid Fishing Line

Do you fish using your senses? If so, you will need a line that lets you feel every bump and knock on the hook. This line is it.

What makes me say that?

The denser the braid, the better the bite detection. And they don’t come much denser than this. Berkley have added an extra strand into the manufacturing process, without increasing diameter.

This means that the line is super solid and dense. Aside from aiding casting distance you will get superior bite detection.

It has other features…

Knot strength is guaranteed with this line, so once you tie something on it is staying put and shouldn’t fail. The braid is also abrasion-resistant, ideal for hard conditions.

Pros

  • The increased density aids casting distance and bite detection.
  • The braid is specially engineered to ensure optimum knot strength.

Cons

  • Like most braid, this line is far from invisible in the water.

Takeaway

A strong and hard-wearing braid that will make sure that hooked fish stay on the line.

Beyond Braid Blue Camo Fishing Line

You may have noticed something as I’ve been talking…

Braid isn’t camouflaged and is visible in the water…

Until now!

Beyond Braid have dealt with a problem that has often been ‘a stone in the shoe’ of anglers, by producing a braid that is designed to be less visible in the water. In this line you can get all of the benefits without any of the downsides.

How does it work?

Ok on the surface it looks ‘blue’ but as it sinks through the water, certain wavelengths of light are actually blocked. This means the line changes color as it sinks. Neat huh?

If blue isn’t your color, don’t worry as it is available in several colors so you can match it perfectly to the conditions in your spot. The color won’t wash away either, as the braid is specifically designed to retain its invisible properties.

Pros

  • All of the strengths of braid, with less of ‘the bad’.
  • Long-lasting quality as standard.

Cons

  • The camo effect will only work if you match it to your swim. This is a little restrictive if you like to fish in several different places.

Takeaway

Provided you know the conditions and fish in the same spot regularly, this is a great choice of braid.

A Buyer’s Guide to Carp Fishing Lines

Choosing the correct line is more important than you might think. After all, it is the only connection you have between you and the fish.

It’s got to be right. I’m going to talk you through some things to think about when choosing your line:

angler with rod and reel fishing carps in lake

Consider the Conditions

Are you fishing in an area where the fish are easily spooked?

If so, braid might not be the best option, as a general rule it is much more visible than either fluorocarbon or monofilament fishing line.

If visibility is something you are worried about, fluorocarbon is the best fishing line to use.

Consider Your Fishing Style

Decide whether you want to fish on the surface or deep down beneath the water. Mono is a great all-rounder. Braid and fluorocarbon are better suited to subsurface fishing.

Want another cool feature about mono?

Because mono is really stretchy, you can go a little lighter.

Do you know why?

By being stretchier, you gain a little ‘suspension’. This softness can be used to reduce your breaking strain and diameter slightly.

fisherman with fishing rods and reels carp fishing

Consider Your Casting Distance

For casting distance, braid wins hands down. However, bear in mind all of the things I have said above.

The aim isn’t to cast the farthest, the aim is to catch the most. It’s no good sending a bait over the horizon without ever seeing a fish because they are scared by the braid.

As a happy medium fluoro (especially when coated) offers a nice middle ground between distance, strength and diameter.

Consider Your Experience Level

Braid is great, if you know what you are doing.

But there’s something I haven’t told you.

Braid can be a nightmare if don’t know what to do with it. If you want an example let’s talk knots. Normal fishing knots, such as your hook knot, have to be tied in a completely different way with braid.

Otherwise, they will fail. 100% of the time. If you want to see how to tie an effective knot in braid, and how different it is check out this video here.

So you’ve got the knots down, what else?

Due to braid being thin and non-stretchy, tangles are extremely difficult to get loose if they are tight. How difficult? I would go as far as to say anything other than a light twist or tangle is terminal with braid. You will have to cut your line and start all over again. If this doesn’t sound like fun, stick to monofilament fishing line or fluorocarbon.

I forgot to mention…

You cant cut braid with normal scissors! If you are going to be using braid you’ll need a specialized tool to cut it. Don’t worry, I have you covered. Check out my article on the best fishing pliers to see lots of tools that cut braid and perform several other useful functions in one handy tool.

If you aren’t sure whether a line is going to be right for you, you’re going to need practice whilst working it out. Ideally, you’ll also want to ensure successful hook ups and will need to choose the best hook for carp fishing, if you have two minutes, why not have a look at my handy guide?

Consider Your Budget

Have you ever heard the saying “buy cheap, buy twice”? This couldn’t be more appropriate than with your fishing line. As I’ve said, your fishing line is the only thing that differentiates you from being an angler instead of a ‘spectator’.

Line is very much one of those things that you get what you pay for, within reason. You don’t want to ‘cheap out’ on it. It would be folly to buy a really expensive bait, only to lose it anyway when the line breaks constantly. So, treat your line as an investment.

fisherman carp fishing on a sunny morning

Consider Your Ground

Lines behave differently depending on what they come into contact with.

Do you know what this is called?

‘Abrasion resistance’. And you have to think about it.

Braid is the weakest line when it comes to abrasion resistance, it tends to fray easily and become weak very easily.

If you are fishing around sharp rocks or sunken features it may be best to go for monofilament or coated fluorocarbon, as they tend to ‘slide’ over underwater features and offer superior protection.

FAQ

What color line is best for carp fishing?

There is no one color that is the ‘magic bullet’. It all depends on where and how you are trying to catch carp. The best color line to use for carp fishing is one that blends in with the conditions.

As a good starting point, I would suggest picking something that is darker in color that will allow you to fish at more than one venue.

Is fluorocarbon line for carp fishing?

Absolutely! Carp are cautious creatures. Fluorocarbon has the same refractive index as water.

What does that mean?

It means that it is practically invisible to the carp when submerged. The main reason people avoid it is because it isn’t as stretchy and it sinks, meaning it can’t be effectively used for all types of fishing.

Is fluorocarbon better than mono?

Ah, the great debate.

My answer is that it depends on what qualities you need in your line. If you check my buying guide above, you’ll see that each line has advantages and disadvantages.

If you aren’t sure, neither mono of fluorocarbon is particularly expensive.

Most reels come with a second spool and if yours doesn’t, why not consider checking my guide and picking up a new reel for carp fishing? If you’ve got a couple of reels or your reel already comes with a spare spool, why not take both and see which gives you the best measure of success?

Do I need a fluorocarbon leader?

If you are using braid, then it might be a good idea. You can get all of the benefits of both types of line. You’ll need to learn a few knots to join braid to fluorocarbon, however. I love using the Albright knot, and you can see it here.

Should I use braided line?

You are wanting to use braid in carp fishing, right? Well, the good news is that it can be perfect. You’ll have also seen that I’ve recommended a few Berkley products.

You can see what makes braid so great here…

Another surefire advantage of braid is near 100% perfect responsiveness and bite sensitivity.

What pound braided line should I use?

This is an easy one. Go for the same strength as you would normally use in regular fishing line. Because braid is so thin, if you like, you can actually afford to up the breaking strain, or even double it! If you are looking to catch bigger fish feel free to up the breaking strain, it won’t cost you any more space on your spool.

What is monofilament line good for?

Monofilament line is ideal for beginners and is an excellent choice for an all-round line. It offers stretch which gives a degree of forgiveness when playing fish.

It is relatively low visibility, meaning an increased catch rate, and tying knots with it is a breeze. If you have taken the plunge and bought a load of mono, it is important to load it correctly.

Why not check out this five minute video to make sure you have it exactly right?

In Summary

The best carp fishing lines have more to them than meets the eye. Any old line won’t cut it. To choose the best fishing line you will need to have a careful think about exactly what qualities you are looking for.

I’ve given you the best information I can about fishing lines and products, but I offer more on several areas of fishing expertise.

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Bob Hoffmann

The author of this post is Bob Hoffmann. Bob has spend most of his childhood fishing with his father and now share all his knowledge with other anglers. Feel free to leave a comment below.

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