Info Monofilament

When monofilament fishing line was introduced to the market in 1949, almost 60 years ago in Germany, OCKERT was the first company to adopt this innovation, offering it and becoming present all over the world in a very short time. We can say with pride:  The whole world buys "Made in Germany" fishing line supplied by OCKERT from the beginning on.
Today, we supply many leading dealers of fishing line and our own brand CLIMAX has become the standard for reliability and innovation.

“Nylon” for your reel
NYLON or PERLON fishing line is a real multi-talented and it is the most used fishing line in the world. Based on nylon fibres from Du Pont and Perlon from Bayer and Höchst in Germany, which bestowed “NYLON” upon the world of women’s fashion in the 40s, the first synthetic fishing line was introduced to the fishing market in the 50s and within a very short time, revolutionized the world of fishing. The new synthetic fibres had a definite advantage over existing lines made of natural fibres .
  High-tech lines made of carbon, hydrogen and air
Monofilament fishing line is made out of polyamide (nylon)-pellets, which are liquefied in an extruder and subsequently pressed through extremely fine holes in a spinning nozzle under high pressure.
After being cooled in a water bath, these threads are stretched to double their length. This is repeated until it is stretched to its final diameter. Depending upon line quality, the threads receive special coatings for surface hardness, UV-resistance etc. in different immersion baths.
Lines can be manufactured with different colors and attributes thanks to the possibility of adding basic element additives like color granules and flexibilizers. Besides fishing line made of nylon, there are also lines made of fluorocarbon. Originally, it was used as a leader in fly fishing, but today it is also being used more often as fishing line.
Being that this material refracts light in a similar way as water, these fishing lines are ideal when fishing for shy fish.
Additional attributes: it sinks 3 times faster than nylon line; it is close to 100% UV-resistant, cold resistant and does not absorb water, so the original breaking strain remains even after fishing for hours.

Advantages of monofilament fishing lines:
• Very precise line diameter. Look for line with EFFTA-Certification.
• Higher knot strength. With the right knot, up to 100% linear breaking strain.
• High breaking strains. A good monofilament with a diameter of 0.30 mm withstands up
to 8 kg.
• Extensive elasticity. Up to 30% elongation is ideal in order to prevent a hook from sliding off at
short or medium distances when playing the fish.
• Abrasion resistant thanks to its specially coated surface.
• Large selection of colors. From transparent to black and multi-colored.
• Favourable price. Thanks to economic mass production.

A great dream –
the perfect fishing line

Unfortunately, it is not possible to unite all the good attributes of nylon into one single line. Thus a “hard” line has a higher linear breaking strain, but lower knot strength and elasticity. A “soft” line, on the other hand, offers lower breaking strain, but higher knot strength and more elasticity. Therefore, it is very important to know the specific uses of a product in order to compose its individual elements perfectly during manufacturing.

For every type of fishing use the right type of fishing line
The angler can find exactly the optimal line he is looking for from a large selection of various fishing lines for his kind of fishing.
• Smaller diameter for
higher line capacity
• Good breaking strain
• Good knot strength
• Medium suppleness
• Medium elasticity
• Light color
• Low Memory

Pole fishing:
• Smallest diameter possible
• Highest breaking strain
• High knot strength
• Low elasticity
• Line color fits to water

Bottom fishing:
• High abrasion resistance
• High breaking strain
• High knot strength
• Good elasticity
• Line color fits to bottom color
Sea fishing:
• High breaking strain
• High knot strength
• High abrasion resistance
• Low elasticity
• High contrast line color


  Miracle fishing line and Co.
Keep your eyes open when shopping! Do not believe everything a new miracle fishing line promises and carefully check the diameter and breaking strain indications. In case of doubt, please ask your fishing tackle dealer. He should be able to help you.
The biggest deception factor: Diameter and breaking strain
The angler is often lied to about these two topics. TÜV has determined by random sampling in France that 90% of the fishing line wrongly declared to have a diameter or breaking strain well over the manufacturing tolerance. This is not much better in Germany or most other countries. Thus, monofilament with 0.20 mm diameter can not hold much more than 4 kg, but it is still labled with specifications over the 8 kg mark.
  Trust is good, control is better
In order to stop this deception to anglers, the European Fishing Tackle and Trade Association (EFTTA) has authorized an independent testing laboratory in England to check line diameter and breaking strain and to award certification to manufacturers that work correctly. This EFFTA Certificate only permits a diameter and breaking strain deviation of ±10% in production.
Play it safe
Look for this EFFTA certificate the next time you buy fishing line or ask about manufacturers who fulfil these quality requirements.
Otherwise, simply check the given diameter with a micrometer before your purchase or let your dealer do it for you. This small effort will pay off in that you will be rewarded with more safetisfaction and better fishing. In order to simplify choosing the right fishing line, you will subsequently find some explanations about the meaning and definitions of the most important line criteria.
  Breaking strain:
This is the measure of all things for most anglers. Actually, it only plays a role during loosening a hanger.  The power, which is developed while playing a heavy fish, is much lower than one would think. 
  Knot strength:
Since the knot represents the weakest link in the line assembly, it has an especially important meaning. Correct knots like the improved and the double looped ‘Clinch Knot’ yield up to 100% linear breaking strain. You’ll achieve the best result by using CLIMAX KNOT + as well. When it is applied to the line before the knot is tied, it will prevent heat development when tightening. At the same time, CLIMAX KNOT + prevents the nylon from being pinched during strong tension. It serves as a kind of buffer.
  Abrasion resistance:
If one considers the stress a line takes through friction in the rod rings, rubbing on obstacles like branches, rocks, mussels in water and contact to fish teeth, then the importance of this line attribute is understandable. Only line made of a good material and with an additional coating will make the grade for long durability.

Especially with spinning, one has to find a healthy compromise between breaking strain and line hardness. What use is a line that has the highest breaking strain, but is so stiff it comes off the reel curly and cannot be cast out far?

One of the main advantages of a good monofilament is its elasticity, which is at between 20 and 30%. Not too much and not too
little elasticity in a line is the “insurance” against fish loss. This buffer compensates for heavy strokes of a fighting fish or setting
the hook too strongly as well as the potential harm of a brake adjusted too high or insufficient rod action. 
  Line color:
A distinctive feature of monofilament line is that it can be manufactured in every color.
Line color plays a very important roll in successful fishing. Transparent or light line is a definite advantage for predator fishing. Its silhouette under the water surface is much less suspicious for fish than a hefty colored line. For bottom anglers, muted colors that vanish in the mud of unclear waters are ideal. A bright colored, highly visible line such as yellow or orange is perfect when using pilkers or twisters, spinning or trolling, this line indicates the exact position of the bait and helps the angler catch fish.
  Memory effect
Particularly hard monofilament line with low elasticity tends to “remember” a specific
original form and take on this shape. Such line, which has been on a reel for a long time, tends to pop off the reel like a
corkscrew when casted and often hangs in the rings. Later, the line will lay in spirals on the water surface and this prevents
setting the hook quickly.  In most cases it helps to stretch the line before use.

Line care:
The life-time of a monofilament is largely dependant upon the right care. Floating line should be treated with our CLIMAX
line care agents after long exposure to straining waters. These agents free the line of dirt and return the line to its original floating properties and suppleness. Check the first 20 meters of line for damage after longer use. If strong bends or roughness are found
on the line, cut these abrasions off and renew line assembly.

Important: Do not leave the line in the sun unless necessary and protect it from drying out. Store your line in a dark, humid area,
e.g. in the cellar or basement.

What to do, when....
After you have spooled a new line directly from the packaging onto your reel it is wise to let it rest for a few hours before fishing, so that it conforms to the reel diameter better. Thus, you will prevent line twisting and memory. Every line twists after spinning or trolling a long time using heavy spoons or plugs. Let the line pull from the reel, without bait, in flowing water or behind the boat and clean it. It will lie on the reel smoothly and without any twists.