Like described before, trout fishing is a very delicat way of fishing which has to be as light as possible. This also counts for the fishing line for trout fishing. The commercial trout ponds in Europe are very crowded and the trout is constant hunted. The trout is therefore carefull, so it is important that a line is invisable and as thin as possible. But the most important question is; what is the best trout line for you?
Nylon trout line
The most often used main line for trout fishing is nylon line, also called monofilament line. Nylon lines are relatively unvisable under water for tout and pretty strong. Next to that, it is the cheapest line available. Another advantage of nylon is that it is stretchy. Nylon has a high stretch power which can become in handy during high pressure moments, like during the drilling of a trout. But when you want to feel every little nibble a nylon line is not recommended.
Of course we will not show nylon lines on this page which will not be suitable for trout fishing. But there is still a difference between the trout lines. To give you a first indication we advice you to have a look at the strength, it should be between 2.5 and 6 KG. Of which the high quality brands have a higher strength with a low diameter. After that you look at the diameter. The diameter should be between 0.14 and 0.22mm. The strength and the diameter are both dependent on the casting weight of the rod and the size of the trout you are fishing for. The 6 KG strength is especially for very large trout. The 2.5 KG is more suitable for smaller trout in trout ponds.
In short, nylon is a nice, almost invisable line which is important, but it is not as thin as you want.
Braided fishing line for tout fishing
Like the name is already suggesting, a braided line consists of multiple thin lines which are braided to 1. These lines are not made of monofilament, but made from a plastic fibre (often a dyneema fibre). Because it is braided, it has no stretch in it and you will therefore feel every little nibble. The braided characteristic will also make it a lot more stronger than nylon lines. Of course you will not take a higher breaking strength, but you will need the same breaking streangth as with a nylon line, only now you have much lower diameter.
Of course there are also disadvantages. The first is the low abrasiveness, which means that fishing on spots with many obstacles a braided fishing line is not recommended. Also, a braided line is far from invisable under water, which can scare of the trout. At last, braided lines are much more expensive than nylon lines.
The choice for the best braided line for trout fishing depends on the size of the trout. You first have to look at the breaking strength. We advise you to take a breaking strength of at least 2.5 till 6 KG. To give you an idea of which diameter comes with that breaking strength, you can think of 0.06 till 0.12mm. More importantly to know is that the breaking strength for a certain diameter can differ a lot per brand. The high quality brands have a higher breaking strength with a low diameter.
Eventually, the important advantage of a braided line is the nice thin diameter with a high breaking strength, but the line has a high visability and rather expensive.
The choice between a braided and monofilament line depends on the above factors. But some other practical factors can also play a part. Also the way of trout fishing depends on your line choice. Do you like to fish with a float for trout, than a nylon line is recommended, because the float will not stay on its place with a braided line. Also tighing a hook on your main line is only possible with a nylon line. When you are fishing with trout lures than a braided line is recommended.