Must-Known Factors About Fishing Line Color

Fishing line color is one of the main factors that you need to consider when choosing a fishing line. Many anglers need to use highly visible lines to keep them track the movement of the line for better control. On the other hand, many prefer using the nearly invisible line so that they can lure line-wary fish in.

Are you are wondering about the importance of fishing line’s color in your fishing performance and how to pick the best color? Read on to gain more information in such areas.

Why Fishing Line Color Is Important

Here are main reasons why fishing line color is very important:

Line Watching

You might think that a good fishing line needs to become as close to transparent as possible to be useful. However, it is not entirely true.

A visible fishing line can help anglers to see the movement of the line better. Also, it can become fully aware sooner when a fish catches on the lures. In case the fish is hooked in a very subtle way, you can only base on the vibration of the line to detect the fish.

Strike Aversion

It is not scientifically researched (as far as I know). However, many anglers claim that fish respond differently to different colors. For example, many people believe that bass fish are more aggressive towards red colors.

Therefore, if you use a red fishing line, the chance that a bass is attracted with your lures is higher. When you can pick a color that can trigger the aggressive behavior in a fish, you would be able to attract and catch this fish in a shorter amount of time.

Why Fishing Line Color Is Important

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For some line wary fish, you will need to use fishing lines which are as close to invisible as possible so that they will not notice the line is there. Fish might not have enough reasoning to figure out that there is a human being holding the line that they see. However, they certainly know which is natural and which is not. That is the reason why you should choose the color of the fishing line carefully to trick the fish into catching your baits.

Some colors such as green can help a fishing line blend well in an area with a lot of forms of vegetation.

How To Choose Fishing Line Color

Types of water: One important factor that you need to consider when choosing fishing line color is the condition of the water where you are going fishing in. If the water is very clean, you should go for a clear transparent fluorocarbon. Colors like yellow and red are easily seen by fish in clear water.

In case you are going to a muddy area with limited vision underwater, you can go for the yellow fishing line, preferably in monofilament and braided line.

In case you go fishing in an area with lots of forms of vegetation, you should opt for green monofilament fishing line.

Types of fishing line: When you choose the color, you should also pay attention to the types of fishing line as some colors work better on one certain type of fishing line than others. Each choice of color also has its pros and cons which you need to evaluate your own needs.


Here are some popular choices when it comes to colors for monofilament line:


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  • Yellow: Yellow is easy to notice so if you want to watch your line to see if any fish catch your bait, you can use this color. However, since it is easily seen by you, it can also be easily seen by line-wary fish, especially when the water is clean. Yellow line does have a time and place, and the benefit of being able to detect bites may outweigh any possible reduction in bites from line-wary fish.
  • Red: Like yellow color, red is also highly visible above water. It then loses its color under water and comes black under a certain depth. Those who use red lines also like the fact that they are easy to spot above water. Many anglers also believe that some certain kinds of fish such as bass and trout fish are more attracted to red color than any other colors.
  • Green: In any water which has some forms of vegetation, you can use this color as a kind of camouflage. However, in clear water, this color is easily seen by fish.
  • Clear: Clear monofilament is a good choice if you are concerned about fish being able to see your line underwater. While the properties of fluorocarbon may make it less visible underneath the surface, clear monofilament works well in all situations. There is another clear option on the market, and it is typically called clear blue. The line is relatively clear underwater, but the blue tint makes it easier to see above water.


  • Bronze And Green: These colors are most suitable for inshore saltwater fishing as they are nearly invisible under this type of water’s condition.
  • Red And Yellow: They are the highly visible type of color. You can use if you want to have better control over the line’s movement.


Most of the products of fluorocarbon fishing line are transparent or nearly invisible. You can choose pink fluorocarbon line in case you want to go deepwater fishing. Under certain depth, pink will lose its original color making it invisible to fish while allowing you to see the line’s movements clearly above water.

Fluorocarbon Fishing Line Color

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Abrasion Resistance

Another thing you should know is that color in your fishing line will be faded over time. For example, the red fishing line will turn into a pinkish color or dark green fishing line will turn into a bright lime one.

Therefore, one certain thing that you need to check when choosing a fishing line that you want to use over a long time is the abrasion resistance of the line. If it is more vulnerable to other factors such as sunlight, water, and moisture, it will surely fade in a shorter amount of time. On the other hand, a fishing line which has a high level of abrasion resistance will have a color that lasts longer.

Do Fish See Line?

It has already been proven that fish do see the line. And the right color can help to minimize their ability to detect the fishing line. Nevertheless, the ability of the fish to see a color is not as good as the ability to smell and notice changes of movements and vibrations.

In fact, fish can see colors of the line. However, the color that they can see as well as how well they see it depend pretty much on the depth of water and the ability of the fish.

Do Fish See Line

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Another factor that can affect the ability of fish to see is where they live. In general, freshwater fish can detect colors better than saltwater fish. This is a very interesting evolutionary point of view as freshwater fish are living in a habitat with various colors. Meanwhile, saltwater fish are living in an area with mainly blue and green images.

Finally, it is worth noting that the color that you can see above the water is different from the color that the fish can see underwater. For example, the color red that you see from a line before you cast will become black at a certain depth of water. It is because the characteristics of the light will be altered when it moves deeper into the water.


In general, many things can affect the visibility of fishing line underwater. In term of fishing line’s types, braided line is the most visible while fluorocarbon line is the most invisible. Some colors are also more visible than other colors such as red and yellow. You also need to evaluate the visibility of each color to fish and you.