Fishermen are enamored with superline. And for good reason—they turn mediocre fishermen into relatively good ones. Braid-based lines have become the hottest ticket in fishing as their attributes make them a great choice for any number of species and technique-specific applications. They are, however, not perfect. For this reason, monofilament remains the natural choice for many fishermen.
DuPont is credited with the first commercial monofilament. Debuting in 1938, monofilament was manufactured using a newly discovered man-made material—nylon. Oddly enough, DuPont’s new line entered the market, competing with Dacron, an early predecessor of modern braid.
While superlines have grown in popularity, it should be known that mono still excels when fished in finesse situations. Drop-shoting, for instance, requires a gentle, precise presentation to finicky fish. Other light tackle situations demand small diameter, invisible line. Mono allows presenting baits in a transparent manner.
Additionally, small, extra-sharp finesse hooks shine when mixed with stretchable mono. These mosquito-style hooks, in most cases, set themselves much like an octopus-style hook. As such, low stretch braid isn’t necessary. In fact, braids are detrimental in this type of presentation due to their visibility.
Mono also excels when fighting a fish on light line as it allows some give-and-take when fish make hasty runs for cover. In these cases, braids, with their stiff resolve, will pull light wire hooks free.
So the next time you’re spooling up your favorite gear with braid, give some thought to whether or not some tried-and-true mono might not be a better choice.