First the bad news. Nylon is heavier than water and should sink. Now the good news. We can help it to ‘float’.
Float Mono is different to Sinking mono and not the same line in a different colour. It is formulated specifically for when a floating line provides an advantage. This really helps to pick the line up when striking or mending it to a float downstream. The surface is very slick due to its coating. It doesn’t really float as such but grips the surface or is gripped by the surface tension better.
It is a standard stretch line but one which doesn’t stretch so much like some so that it proves problematic at distance. This stretch is also needed to help with absorbing the lunges of even the biggest fish especially under the rod top. It also doesn’t want to suddenly ‘bottom out’ but gives the angler enough ‘feel’ so the playing technique can be adjusted accordingly.
A soft and supple line, not as hard as Sinking mono, but one which is still tough, durable and long lasting. Its formulation provides the extra finesse often needed when float fishing. B/S for B/S it is thinner than Sinking Mono so peels off of the reel’s spool better and casts light floats better.
It ties up extremely well and can be used with a wide variety of common knots from Grinner, Palomar, Half Blood, Water and even Whipping, Snell and No-Knot. It has a very reliable and consistent knot strength.
It’s parallel wound to keep the line as smooth as possible and vastly reduce the possibility of overlaps, ripples and the ‘lumps and bumps’ commonly associated with standard ‘cross’ line winding processes. This then helps to provide better casting and trotting performance. This winding process is very slow and obviously costs more but makes for a much nicer line.
Common winding on the left in comparison to Parallel or Level winding on the right
Being available in either 100m or 300m means you can load a shallow ‘Match’ type spool with just the required 100m and with the bigger 300m you can fill 3 x 100m or at even 4 x 75m which is especially useful if Closed face reels are used as these reels normally have little travel within the gears to provide good line lay. This old trick helps to reduce the dreaded ‘bedding’ of the layers of line – especially after playing a large fish like chub – and causing problems when casting again and trotting. Often other brands 250m products seem like a bit of a waste for most float fishing situations where they can only fill 2x100m and then you could end up wasting the 50m.
Diameters and breaking stains cover the most commonly required sizes for Float work as well as including very light situations when 0.14mm might be needed. The 6lb and 8lb sizes are not at all thick and remain soft and supple enabling good float control for such strong lines.
The colour is a pale olive and deliberately different to Sinking Mono so that you can tell at a glance which reel’s spool has which type of line. This is useful if you only have one or two reels and use them for everything.
Pale olive Float Mono on the left next to the darker Sinking Mono on the right