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September 16, 2011

Sport Fishing Line Test 2011

How 76 different 20-pound fishing lines stack up in break- and knot-strength testing

Strength Relative to Diameter

These calculations show the true strength of each line as a simple function of its (measured) ­diameter. This allows you to consider both a line’s diameter and its strength. The ratio really reflects how “strong” a line actually is. The differences among braided lines are more extreme than among monofilaments. I have also included in this chart several characteristics of braided lines, including the type (Dyneema or Spectra). Fused or braided refers to how the filaments are joined; fused lines do not truly fuse all filaments. Many lines are coated; the manufacturers, at least, maintain that coating enhances castability, and they certainly allow for the addition of color — but most coatings wear or fade in time.


 Actual Diameters | Strength to Relative Diameter | Actual Break Strength | Knot Strength | Cost Per Yard