- 1 What Is Braided Line and When Is It Used?
- 2 How To Use Braided Fishing Line:
- 3 Braided Fishing Line Reviews & Comparisons:
- 4 Considerations When Buying Braided:
- 5 So Dave... What's Your Go-to Braided Line For Most Situations?
On FishingLinePursuit.com we are always looking to provide you with the most in-depth and actionable advice on fishing lines.
So where would we be without an in-depth guide including reviews, comparisons and general knowledge tidbits about braided fishing lines?
What Is Braided Line and When Is It Used?
Braided fishing lines are one of the older types of line, that still popular today in certain situations.
Braided lines are thinner than monofilament lines generally, they're also a bit stronger which has it's own advantages, as well as disadvantages.
Since braided hasn't got much give or 'stretch' to it, there's certainly an argument there for you if you're new to fishing. You can certainly feel hits a little better, but you can also lose your fish more easily depending on the hook being used.
Braided lines due to their strength and lack of give are generally recommended for bigger fish, if your fishing in harsher conditions such as open sea fishing, casting a decent way into choppy water and so on.
Braided lines can be a little more visible than other lines, but again, in deep expanses of open water this can work to your advantage, whereas for fresh water fishing in shallow water it's not going to do the job you'd like.
How To Use Braided Fishing Line:
As I mentioned in the previous section, braided line has a thinner diameter, it has less give and it's not particularly great for a lot of fresh water fishing situations.
Using this kind of line best requires some basic knowledge of using common knots such as the Palomar knot which is great when fishing in heavy cover. This is a common situation in which you'll be wanting to use a braided fishing line, so it pays to do a little research first.
If you're not great with knots, the braided line type can be tricky due to it being thin and 'tricky' to tie off. One sage piece of advice I got taught early was to buy double the amount of line you need, so you can both practice tying the knots you think you're going to need to use, and for mishaps while you're out there... Cold fingers can make tying knots a whole lot harder.
Braided Fishing Line Reviews & Comparisons:
SPIDERWIRE STEALTH-BRAID SUPERLINE:
The Spiderwire Stealth-Braid Superline is a fantastic braided line that's been commended for years when it comes to fishing big fish in either fresh or salt water situations.
This line is incredibly strong, it's test range is between 6-100lbs. A spool size of 300 yards makes it one of the best in this category as well.
A very understated line it's got a good range of visibility for any situation, and the line itself is fairly light-weight which is a plus for some... Given it's break weight, the weight of the line is actually very impressive.
- This line is incredibly strong, with the ability to hook and reel in marlins it's no wonder that it's so highly regarded as a braided line.
- This line is always being improved, so it's a brand you can trust, with the most recent release being made from microfiber it's purportedly a whole 30% stronger than it was before, some anglers saying they can even tow their fishing boat with this line!
- This line has a great visibility range above water, while below water it's very good at adapting to it's conditions, meaning most fish aren't going to be able to see the line and be put off from taking the bait.
- Good for all conditions including fresh water, salt water. It's also brilliant in poor weather conditions, whether the water is icy cold or whether there's just some high chop - the durability is there to withstand it all.
Pros and Cons:
- Strongest line in its class.
- Zero stretch and easy to tie knots.
- High-visibility which is great for some situations.
- Strength of the line requires careful handling.
- Lack of give can be bad for some scenarios.
- High-visibility which is bad for some situations.
This is a serious line, and if you'd like to consider yourself a serious angler then you've absolutely got to have some of this available.
If you're looking to bag a big'n then you'll have no problem doing it with this line. It's great for most situations and you won't regret purchasing it.
- Sleek and durable braided fishing line designed to cast further and last longer
- Strong, smooth, and round Dyneema polyethylene microfibers for quiet performance
- Color-Lock coating technology holds in color and resists fading
- Moss green color for low visibility under water
SUFFIX 832 ADVANCED SUPERLINE:
Another one of the top braided fishing lines available on the market right now is the suffix 832 advanced superline.
Generally there two passionate sides when it comes to braided lines, are you a Suffix guy or a Spiderwire man?
With some of the unique features of the Suffix such as the way it's made up of several different fibers, it's not hard to see why there's a heated debate going on even now.
- Contains several unique fibers that are awaiting patenting.
- Manufacturing their braided lines with precision is something Suffix are very proud of, boasting uniformly rounded fibers around the line, providing a stronger and more durable fishing line.
- There are options available when it comes to purchasing this line, you can choose the length of the line and choose from a variety of different colors which can be useful if you know exactly what kind of fish you're going after, as well as the precise conditions you'll be casting into.
- This line unlike other braided lines is actually nice and accurate, weighty enough that casting won't throw it off course.
Pros and Cons:
- Extremely durable.
- Good transmission.
- Very abrasion resistant.
- Not as strong as the Spiderwire Superline.
- Not the best for visibility.
- Lack of stretch, which can be a con in some cases.
What can you say when reviewing this line? Well, it's very very good. It's a brand that are very reputable, and if you're out there going for some big fish this line will do the job.
It's not as strong as the Spiderwire line I already reviewed, but this doesn't mean it's not strong... It just comes down to whether you want more strength or more durability out of your line.
- 8 Fibers (Featuring one GOREÃEÂ Performance Fiber and 7 DyneemaÃEÂ Fibers)
- Ultimate Abrasion Resistance
- Unbeatable Strength
- Proven Castability Improvements
- TGP(TM)Technology Enhances Color Retention
KASTKING SUPERPOWER FISHING LINE:
This is an interesting braided fishing line that's been talked about a lot recently, it's certainly not as widely adopted as the other two lines I've reviewed, but it's worth a mention...
This line is touted as being great for beginners and experienced fishermen alike, it's got a low memory, which simply means that from cast to cast it's not going to cause any 'odd' or unexpected behavior due to the previous casts.
This line is all about quality, rather than using multiple fibers it goes for one, but it's an extremely high quality fiber known as polyethylene, which might sound familiar if you've ever donned a bulletproof vest.
- Contains polyethylene fibers which are also used in bulletproof vests.
- The KastKing Superpower Line has a great transmission, it's a very hard line with little stretch and so it's very sensitive which can be great for beginners.
- It's very abrasion resistant, offering you the ability to use this line in most conditions. It's also very durable and will last a long time.
- It's a low memory line, making casting a breeze and adding to the durability of the lines natural usefulness.
Pros and Cons:
- Great for beginners.
- Good transmission.
- Low memory offering performance value.
- Not as strong as the Spiderwire Superline.
- Not the best for visibility.
- Not as durable as the Suffix 382.
This line is very versatile, it's a great line for beginners and I'd recommend it to anyone. I've encouraged my son to learn using this line, but despite this I still find myself using it from time to time so it's something that might tempt an experienced fisherman as well.
- STRONG KNOT STRENGTH - dynamically incorporated strands in KastKing SuperPower Braided Lines allow you to easily tie a more solid knot; you can even tie an improved clinch knot. The special proprietary treatment (without a waxy coating) allows the supple fishing line to zip through the guides to your target and gives you better lure swimming action.
- LOW MEMORY - helps you achieve a better, farther casts, less chance of wind knots
- GREATER ABRASION RESISTANCE - of KastKing braided fishing line decreases the likelihood of losing your "big one"! KastKing SuperPower Braid line's powers are...super!
- ULTRA-HIGH SENSITIVITY & ZERO STRETCH - for superior hook setting that increases your catch ratio.
- SMALLER DIAMETER - compared to other brands allowing you to spool more fishing line on to your reel.
Considerations When Buying Braided:
Regardless of the reviews and comparisons of lines that I've mentioned, you might want to do further research on your own... If that's the case, you're going to need to have a good idea of what to look out for when it comes to getting a good braided line.
Here's the absolute word of law for buying fishing line, pay attention to the reviews of others!
Real world testimonials and experiences using a particular type of line are far more valuable than statistics about the lines features, remember a lot of that can just be marketing hype.
I'd rather go out there and pay a few extra bucks for a line that's got hundreds of great reviews, but just as often you can get the best lines for a good price.
In the reviews you should pay attention to mentions of performance, what scenario was the line being used in? Is it getting good testimonials for salt water? Maybe it's good for both fresh and salt water.
Make sure you pick a line that performs to the needs you need to be met!
Regardless of if you're a good cast or not, there's some lines that are going to cast better than others.
You also want to make sure that the max cast length of a line is decent when it comes to picking the best braided fishing line.
4. Strength & Durability
The strength of your line is generally going to dictate the kinds of fish you can reel in, it's also going to make a huge difference to the overall durability of the line.
Of course line isn't that expensive compared to the fishing rod itself, but value for money is still a pretty huge consideration, if you can keep your costs low and still bag yourself a school of fish - well you're a pretty good fisherman (or woman) in my book.
Also pay attention to the reviews here, if there's any mention of certain knots being untie-able that might be a reason you don't want the line, and it pays to know ahead of time.
5. Abrasion Resistance
Good braided line is going to be able to deal with most obstacles in the water, whether that's drift wood or a pesky clump of seaweed. The thinner line (diameter) tends to be best here.
6. Transmission / Sensitivity
The less stretch on your line the better the sensitivity or 'transmission' is going to be, this will help you be acutely aware when you've got a bite, this is especially helpful for beginners. So watch out for these kinds of line if you are.
A visible line is both a blessing and a curse in different situations... If you know the water's going to be deep, and it's dark then a higher visibility line can actually be very useful.
On the other hand, a better visibility scenario means that your line is going to be easier to spot for fish and this may affect your ability to snag said fish!
In general most braided line is fairly thin and lower vis - but color plays a big part here too.
So Dave... What's Your Go-to Braided Line For Most Situations?
While I always express that there's not really a one line fits all scenario, there are a few lines that I rely on and one in particular that I use 75% of the time when I'm using braided line...
The line I used the most is without a doubt the Spiderwire Stealth-Braid. I like to go after the big fish, and this line just gives me zero problems when it comes to reeling these suckers in!
The excellent transmission, the cast length, it all suits my needs very well, but as I always say to people who ask, there is no perfect line for every situation so do your research and if you need any help just contact me and I'll do my best to give you a helping hand!
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