A Full Guide For Finding Your Perfect Carp Fishing Line.
Finding a good fishing line for carp can be tough. Especially in the beginning.
What’s the best fishing line for carp? I’m sure this is a topic we could all go back and forth on.
My point isn’t to convince anyone that the line they are currently using isn’t the best or not suitable for carp fishing.
Many anglers have different preferences and grow to adapt to those preferences over time.
Don’t fix what’s not broke.
If what you use is a complete 360 of what we discuss in this blog, keep on using it.
Even share below in the comments what you are using to help us all out. This allows us to all explore many different options until we find what works for us.
As far as answering the question of what’s the best fishing line for carp? I would say fluorocarbon filament is the best option for carp fishing and fits the bill for many different reasons.
However, many may not understand why and want to know what options they have before deciding.
You have many options.
My goal of this blog is to educate and give you everything you need to know about different carp fishing line options.
At the very least, this should be able to guide you to a set up that will have you reeling in carp with ease.
This is designed for the beginners and the folks who are just looking for a change in their carp gear and setups and the experienced anglers who may be considering trying a different set up just to mix things up a bit.
Lets Dive in the important factors behind making the correct decision.
Key Components to Understand About Fishing Line
f you’re a beginner just entering the world of carp fishing or maybe even fishing in general, you need to understand a few things first.
What’re the key components that make fishing line reliable?
The first 3 principal components to understand would be.
- Length: How long is the fishing line
- Weight: How much snap resistance does the fishing line have?
- Material: What’s it made of?
What Lengths Does Fishing Line Come In?
This isn’t really that important. This is a matter of how often you want to buy fishing line.
You can get a line of the spool that comes with 100 yards of the line all the way up to 1000 yards of line.
It comes in many variations; the choice is really yours.
My advice would be, if you’re trying a new fishing line, get the smallest quantity they offer.
If you know which line you are going to absolutely use going forward, buy it in bulk and buy the larger spools of line. This can save you some money overall.
The weight of the Line
This is also known as your test for the line. This is what determines the overall strength of the line you are using. This is important to get correct.
Your fishing line is the only link between you and the fish you are trying to catch. If it snaps, everything was for nothing.
All the preparing, learning and set up would be a complete waste. The last thing you want is having your line taken by a massive carp, seeing the take and the bend and coming up empty-handed.
It’s a gut-wrenching feeling.
Trust me. Been there.
Don’t make this mistake. We will cover the proper test line for catching carp further in the post.
More About The Materials of The Fishing Line
You will have a few options to choose from here.
- Mono Filament
- Thermal Filament
- Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
- Braided Line
Let’s cover the differences between these options.
Mono Filament fishing line
This fishing line is created by a single fiber of plastic. After melting, the line is produced by mixing polymers. It’s the most commonly purchased form of a fishing line due to low cost, and it can be created quickly and in mass quantities.
Thermal Filament Fishing Line
This would be a step above the mono filament fishing line. Don’t be confused, however, mono-filament can 100% still get the job done depending on the kind of fish you are targeting.
Thermal filament line is high performance and has a smaller diameter for the same pound test as a lower option. It’s produced by thermal bonding techniques.
Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
This never used to be so popular. It used to be used in by many saltwater anglers, but over recent years it has grown massively in popularity.
Fluorocarbon Line is denser and carries more punch. It’s heavier and more durable. Depending on which species you are fishing, this can be an excellent option for you.
A personal favorite attribute that fluorocarbon fishing line possesses its low visibility under water. It doesn’t distort light beaming through the line.
For carp fishing, this is absolutely crucial. Carp are timid, they get spooked very easily. I detail this in my other post about how to catch carp.
Step up your Game!!
Stepping up to this fishing line can benefit you greatly in your carp fishing adventures.
It also increases your ability to fish water that is out of other anglers leagues.
The density and more durable test line allows you to target covered areas and brushed filled waters.
Depending on the time of the year when fishing for carp, this can be the perfect storm for landing more trophy carp.
I personally love using this fishing line when cat fishing or dragging my bait on the water floor trolling for large channel and Flathead catfish.
It just goes to show it can be used for more than just carp fishing.
The toughness of this fishing line is also matched by few. The elements of the outdoors begin taking a toll on your line over time. This line is UV resistant and does not crumble under long days in the sun.
Pretty significant benefit when carp fishing.
Some of the best time’s to catch carp depending on the time of the year is right in the middle of the day when the sun is beating down at it’s heaviest.
You can check out my other article about strong times to catch carp to give you an extra boost.
Water also can’t touch this line. Regardless of if the line is in or out of the water. It maintains it’s same property traits whether or not it’s been submerged in water or dry all day long.
Fluorocarbon fishing line also makes setting the hook feel like a walk in the park.
This works especially great when fishing with double rods when carp fishing.
If you have 1 line near shore and 1 deep, you can set the hook for both setups with the same amount of ease.
Sounds like my kind of party.
Sound advice- I recommend also using this a majority of the time when bottom fishing. The bait will sink quickly which is ideal for carp fishing. It’s not designed for top water fishing and doesn’t really work that well for these methods fishing.
Braided Fishing Line
The braided fishing line was one of the first fishing lines ever used.
The Knot Strength is unbeatable, and it packs a mean punch.
Braided line is used very often for deep sea fishing. It doesn’t have much give.
Any hard strike stands a good chance of snapping your line.
For carp fishing, I highly recommend not using braided line unless absolutely necessary.
I’ve discussed in depth in previous blogs how well carp can see. Using braided line could be a mistake on your first carp adventure if it’s not needed.
If you haven’t noticed already, I went much more in-depth about fluorocarbon line. This would be because it’s the line I’d choose for the best results carp fishing and believe it needed heavy explanation.
Don’t Get me Wrong Here, Mono filament line will also work.
Braided line is overkill if you ask me. It can however still serve a strong purpose for certain methods of carp fishing.
Winner: Fluorocarbon fishing Line.
What about the fly fishing line?
If your fly fishing for carp, you will want to use the fly line. If your not, it won’t be necessary. Fly line is specifically designed to be light and allow the particular fly to enter the water gracefully.
It’s typically tapered and has changing diameters through the line to let the fly drop into the water accordingly.
Fly lines also allow for choice between rapid sinking and slow sink depending on your preference.
A liter is used at the end of the fly line to allow smooth casting into the water without turbulence upon entering the water which in turn will spook your carp you’re after.
If this isn’t your method if fishing for carp, you can stick to the previous versions of fishing lines.
How to Pick Which Line Style is Right For You?
Is one of these really the best fishing line for carp?
When picking a fishing line, you need to choose a line that’s right for you for the right reasons.
Only you can really determine what the best fishing line really will be. It’s not a one size fits all.
Analyze your goals.
Ask yourself the following questions and then choose accordingly.
Let’s cover each question and determine possible solutions and the fishing line you should choose based on the answer provided.
What are you fishing for?
Apparently since you’re here at this blog, I’m assuming it’s carp your targeting.
Unfortunately, this keeps all three fishing lines on the table so far so let’s move forward to Question 2.
What size are the carp typically found in the waters your fishing?
Are the carp in the lake, river, pond or basin your fishing typically being pulled out at 4-10 LBS or are 10+ pound carp frequently being caught?
If you’re targeting the smaller carp, you can easily stick to a nice budget friendly mono filament line and have no issues.
If you’re targeting the bigger carp, let’s move into the fluorocarbon line and braided lines.
What kind of bait are you using? Do you need your sink fast or gently?
If you aren’t familiar with some top carp baits to use, you can check out this blog that will give you an easy starting guide.
If your set up or bait requires a fast sink, we can eliminate mono filament line and stick to the fluorocarbon option.
Will you be targeting the carp near snags or other downed trees and underwater brush?
Now it gets tricky.
If your fishing into snags or deep waters, I definitely say go braided. It also depends on your personal preference.
I enjoy feeling all sensitivity nibbles and having the ability to sink the bait quickly to grab the carp’s attention when fishing deep waters or near snags which makes a braided line an easy choice.
Remember they have lives outside of waiting for you to come fish. They are already nose deep in the mud so a torpedo of bait can be better than a slow sinking piece of corn.
It also doesn’t mean an excellent fluorocarbon line won’t work either to fish snags and deep waters.
Do you need to be able to cast for distance or prefer keeping it close?
In my opinion, I don’t see too many differences between the mono filament line and fluorocarbon line for casting purposes. I think both get the job done just fine.
Braided line is going to have some heavy weight to it, so if you really need to go deep and far, it may be the option for you.
What leader set up do you intend on using?
Even if you are using mono filament or another fishing line, it’s recommended to have a fluorocarbon leader because it’s virtually invisible.
Carp can see very well and have keen senses. Regardless of the liter set up your using, all options are still viable at this stage.
How substantial of knot strength are you looking for?
Fishing for carp, I think all three lines will do just fine for you so we won’t spend much time debating this topic.
Do you need abrasion resistant?
If you need abrasion or even UV resistant line, you will want to go with fluorocarbon or braided. Mono filament won’t be as durable or abrasion resistant as your other two options.
What color are you looking for?
2 paths you can take with this.
You either want the line to be basically invisible such as the fluorocarbon fishing line, or you want the line to blend naturally with the landscape your fishing.
Brown’s and Greens could be good options.
The brown fishing line will do well blending the bottom of the waters, and the greens can mix well near the snags or other vegetation heavy areas.
What test do you need your fishing line to be?
This is also something you need to consider case by case based on your goals and what your fishing for.
What I’ve found is that anywhere from an 8-15lb test works just fine. I believe most would agree with this but if you know your only targeting 20-40 LBS carp, increasing the test a bit wouldn’t be the worse idea you have ever had.
How much is it going to cost me for these fishing lines?
Mono Filament is going to be your cheapest option and is still a good option. Especially for beginners.
Fluorocarbon runs a tad more, but it carries some additional benefits as well. If cash isn’t an issue or your ready to step up the game, this is a good pick.
Braided line is the more costly option we have of the three. It’s also going to cause some wear on your equipment.
Unless absolutely necessary or the location or type of carp fishing you’re doing calls for the braided line, you can get away with one of the other two budget-friendly options.
Which Fishing Line do You Choose?
Again, I wasn’t trying to convince anyone out of the fishing line or setups they already use and I’m sure many could even argue better than me for certain carp fishing lines being superior to what I’ve laid out for you.
My goal was to merely show the beginners or the curious George what options are available to get started into carp fishing.
Hopefully some of you gained some value and knowledge that you can apply to your next fishing trip.
The pros and cons of all the different fishing lines and what the best methods may be.
Whether you go with the mono, fluorocarbon or braided, I assure you that you can catch plenty of carp.
If you have something to add or want to share a comment about what the best fishing line for carp would be, I’d love to hear from you, and I’m sure the readers would as well.