One of the most popular participation sports in the world, carp fishing is a great way of enjoying your time with nature, and is also an excellent opportunity for some bonding between father (or mother) and the kids. It’s a relaxing pursuit, and one that takes some skills that are useful to learn, and you also need the right kit. Indeed, the quality of your kit determines how successful you may be, so we’re going to look at one of the most important and basic items of your fishing kit – the line.
How It Works
Before we go on to look in detail at the top 10 best choices on the market, here’s a brief explanation of the different types of line available.
Fluorocarbon This are the most common type of fishing line. Fluorocarbon consists of fluorine which is chemically bonded to carbon. This combination makes these lines heavier than the water which enables them to sink well.
Monofilament – this type of fishing line is made from a single strand of nylon. They are quality lines and have been around a long time.
Braid/microfilament – This type of line is made from a combination of high molecular polyethylene which is commonly known as braided line or braid.
So, without any further ado, here’s our review of the top 10 carp fishing lines on the market right now.
The Top 10 Carp Fishing Lines
1: NGT Carp and Coarse Fishing Line
Over time, you will find a line that is to your satisfaction, and as with many products, will probably stick with that brand as you are happy with its performance. It pays, however, to try out different lines before settling on the one you want, as there are surprising differences between some of them. This one, from NGT – who have a good range of fishing products – is a camo coloured line so will not be too visible in the water.
It’s a 0.2mm line that offers excellent resistance to abrasion, is easy to load and use, and comes in 8lb to 15lb forms so you have plenty of choice. All in all, it’s a good line from a known brand, and at between £6 and £8 is very good value.
Pros: known brand, strong, abrasion free, price
Cons: difficult to find, if it’s to your liking, go for it
2: NGT Duracast
We stay with NGT for the second of our choices; this is the Duracast range – a tried and tested line that is favoured by many anglers – and it is very impressive in many ways. This very strong mono type line is the latest in the range, and offers excellent performance. It is coloured brown for best use, and you can choose from anywhere between 4lb and 15lb strength, whichever you prefer.
This one comes in a series of very sensibly priced bulk reels – anywhere up to 3500m for excellent versatility – and is very hard-wearing, and can be used in all circumstances with great success. We can’t stress too strongly how good NGT are when it comes to line, and at much less than a tenner these reels are very good value if a mono line is your thing.
Pros: NGT, mono line, many strengths, bulk reels, great prices
Cons: if you like a mono line, we can’t see any
3: Korda Touchdown
When it comes to specialist gear such as that for fishing, you tend to find the market dominated by a few main brands. NGT is one, as above, and Korda – the maker of this line – are also a big name in the field. This quality mono line is one its main sellers, and for good reason. It comes in brown or green, so you get a choice of your favourite colour for the water you are fishing.
You can choose from anywhere between 10lb – 15lb breaking strain, so it is very durable and usable, and you are buying a 1000m bulk reel every time. Now, like all such areas, when it comes to buying big name brands, you pay for the quality, and Korda is no exception; these reels are round the £20 mark, but if you want the best, you need to pay for it.
Pros: Korda name, very strong, durable, bulk reels
Cons: none, but the price may put some people off
4: Fox Torque Carp Line
This mono line is an impressive beast, offering 20lb breaking strength. That’s perfectly adequate for most coarse fishing, if not more so. Fox is a good brand with a strong reputation – forgive the pun – and a great range of fishing gear, and this line is typical of the quality of the brand. It’s a 1000m bulk reel, too, so you get plenty of line for your money.
Finished in low visibility green for excellent use in even the clearest of water, this Fox line is widely used and provides guaranteed usage, with little chance of breakage thanks to the heavy strength. What more can we say about it? Well, it’s a good price for 100m of quality line at not much more than a tenner, so well worth a look.
Pros: very strong, known brand, green colour, bulk reel, price
Cons: none, unless a mono line is not for you
5: Daiwa Sensor 15lb
Here we pick up another giant of the fishing gear world: Daiwa is a maker with a massive range of equipment that is widely used all over the world, and remains one of the best in the business. This 15lb mono line is an impressive product, offering strength and durability at a sensible price. It is coloured very dark for wide-spread use, and will not disappoint you no matter where you are fishing.
As with most on this list, this is a mono line that comes in bulk 1000m reel, and is well worth the money at around £10. What else do we like about this one? Well, as we said in our introduction, your choice of line is a personal choice, and depends entirely on what you are fishing for and where, so it’s hard to pick out single areas for praise. This is a good all-round line at the given strength, and certainly worth a look.
Pros: known brand, strong, dark colour, bulk reel, price
6: Daiwa Hyper Sensor
As the name suggests, this line is an even stronger and more durable version of the one described above. Daiwa has gone all-out when it comes to breaking strength with this range of line, and it is very impressive indeed. Dark coloured for varied use, you get bulk reels in no fewer than five strengths; the lowest is a more than adequate 15lb, the strongest a mighty 30lb. With reel lengths of between 685 and 1200m, you also get plenty of line for your money.
This is very versatile mono fishing line from one of the biggest names in the business, so quality and lengthy use are guaranteed, and we certainly recommend you take a closer look if you are after very strong line at a sensible price: the 30lb line, for example, can be yours for less than £15, which is excellent value.
Pros: choice of strengths, bulk reels, very good price, known brand
Cons: difficult to fault at the price
7: FishingSir Superior Strength
So far, the strongest line we have reviewed has been that above, at a perfectly healthy 30lb. However, what if there are occasions when you need something much more than that? You check out this range from FishingSir, which offers you up to a massive rating of 80lb. That’s easily enough for even the most arduous conditions and catches. This one is highly abrasive resistant and comes in various colours on bulk reels.
Easy to handle and offering long casting with little effort, this line is very impressive in many ways, and comes highly recommended from a number of satisfied users. It’s suitable for fresh and salt water, too, so is handy to have in your kit. Price is decent too, as all reels are less than £15, so check it out further if extreme strength is what you want.
Pros: available in many strengths, various colours, bulk reels, price
Cons: none that we could find
8: NGT Duracast Advanced
Back to NGT for this one; this is the Duracast Advanced range – a tried and tested line that is favoured by many anglers – and it is very impressive in many ways. This very strong mono type line is the latest in the range, and offers excellent performance. It is coloured brown for best use, and you can choose from anywhere between 4lb and 15lb strength, whichever you prefer.
This one comes in a series of very sensibly priced bulk reels – anywhere up to 3500m for excellent versatility – and is very hard-wearing, and can be used in all circumstances with great success. We can’t stress too strongly how good NGT are when it comes to line, and at around a tenner these reels are very good value if a mono line is your thing.
Pros: NGT, mono line, many strengths, bulk reels, great prices
Cons: if you like a mono line, we can’t see any
9: Konger Camo Rainbow
This line offers extremely strong fishing and is said to be suitable for big game fishing; think Pike, the monster of the rivers, and a great catch for anyone. It can also be used for sea fishing, such is its strength, and it comes in a nice camo rainbow finish that offers excellent camouflage properties. You get a bulk 1000m reel, too, and choice of strengths.
It offers excellent abrasion-resistance and you can find it in up to 34lb strength rating, so it is easily suitable for most carp fishing, and it is designed to be easy to use and cast and us very versatile. If you want strong, durable line at a sensible price, you can find all strengths and lengths of reel at under £18, which is a fair price for quality line.
Pros: very strong, quality line, camo finish, bulk reels, price
Cons: only the camo colour if that bothers you
10: KastKing Flourocote Fishing Line
Our last choice comes from another great name, KastKing, who have an excellent range of line and other fishing gear. This line may only be a 300yd spool, but this is premium line offering many fine qualities. This award-winning product comes with a special coating that aids its invisibility, is easy to cast and offers excellent strength, and is easy to handle and provides great performance.
You will find that this line is very versatile, and it’s available in a full range of strengths and lengths, and that it does the job at a sensible price. Indeed, at under £10, while not the longest reel – it is fair value for something of this quality.
Pros: name brand, good quality, strong, special coating
Cons: short reel length
That’s our list of the top ten carp fishing lines, so let’s have a look at some of the important features to look for.
Important Features to Consider
Tensile strength – This is the strength of the line, given by a rating (in this review between 4lb and 80lb) so check the line you need for the given job.
Abrasion resistant – This ensures that the product can resist wear and tear. Regarding fishing, this refers to the ability of your fishing line to avoid damage when it gets into contact with sharp rocks underwater.
Visibility –A good fishing line should not be visible to the fish, and this ensures that you will have a more successful catch. There are various options to consider.
So, that’s our list, now all that remains is to wrap it up!
Let’s Wrap It Up!
As we have said, choosing the right line is about knowing what you want personally, so it’s difficult to recommend one out of the above ten. All we will say is that they are all known, proven brands, so make your choice based on the price and strength rating that you need, and you can’t go wrong!