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Braided line

Postby Newhunter » Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:03 am

:?: Braided line, yay or nay, reason?

I've never used braided line and I am really curious as to whether or not it's worth it and does it live up to the hype or fall short.


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Re: Braided line

Postby Buckshot20 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:03 am

Depends on the application. Very tough, very sensitive, no stretch, great castability. It's great for big fish in tight cover. I use about 6' of florocarbon leader with it. With big open water fish with aggressive strikes mono can be better because it does stretch. I feel like mono is better trolling.
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Re: Braided line

Postby Blue Ridge » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:53 am

I just made the switch to braided line on my smallmouth setup and liking the results so far. Can def notice a difference in castability. I also use a fluoro leader. Here's a few articles on the subject.

http://www.kayakfishinginstructor.com/c ... s-fishing/

http://smallmouthangler.com/choosing-a- ... s-fishing/
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Re: Braided line

Postby flinginairos » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:56 am

Braid with a flouro leader is all I use unless i'm trout fishing. You can't beat the sensitivity of it. You can feel the slightest bump of a fish even when your WAY out from the boat. It's a slight pain tying on new leaders but other than that I love it.
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Re: Braided line

Postby Dhurtubise » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:12 am

Like everyone else are use braided line with a fluoro carbon leader. I use it for almost all applications, even trolling although I will admit that the stretch in the monofilament line really helps damper the hits while trolling.

Do you need to learn a good night to bridge the Monofilament and the fluorocarbon lines. Are use what is called an Albright knot. You can find it on animatedknots.com.

Do some research. Not all braided line is equal. For smaller fish, under 10 pounds are usually use do some research. Not all braided line is equal. For smaller fish, under 10 pounds are usually use A braided line called Nanofil. It's made by Berkeley. It's castability is second to none but you have to be careful that the line doesn't catch well casting or you lose a ton of lures.

Another thing is that if you're new to braided line, don't worry in by heavier than you normally would have for the same application with monofilament line. For example are used to fish Northerns with 20 pound mono but now I rarely use anything under 50 pounds with the same fish. Are used to have it to use a bait caster but can get away with using a large spinning reel with the braided line.
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Re: Braided line

Postby Mschmeiske » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:31 am

I fish for pike and musky, 80# braid has become a standard and is well worth it, even in lighter #'s.
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Re: Braided line

Postby Wlog » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:41 am

Like others have said it really depends on the situation. For example, too water, braid doesn't float so you get a more natural action with mono. Live lining bait fish for stripers (rockfish where I live) the fish has the same advantage from the braid as you do as a fisherman, it's easier for them to feel your rod on the other end. So many people prefer mono for that also. Fish that are leader shy or in really clear water I always use flourocarbon leader.

I like braid when I'm in need of feeling everything like jigging around structure.
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Re: Braided line

Postby SMS79 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:54 am

Buckshot20 wrote:Depends on the application.

Completely agree with this. I tend to think about line as a fishing "tool". And when it comes to tools, usage is all about application. Rudimentary analogy: you wouldn't use a hammer to screw in a screw if you had a screwdriver available.

Under the right conditions, braid is by far the best choice. But other conditions may dictate flouro or mono as a better choice. Some conditions could be an either/or personal preference situation.

One feature of braided line I didn't notice having been mentioned yet is that it floats. If you like fishing topwater, it's a must to have line that floats (braid or mono) to have good natural action. Personally my favorite fishing tactic is fishing a hollow-belly frog for largemouth bass. I don't use anything other than 65# power pro braid for that.

Wlog wrote:braid doesn't float

:think: We seem to be presenting conflicting info here. Maybe some don't but the braid I use floats.
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Re: Braided line

Postby Boogieman1 » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:03 am

On a spinning reel, braid is a must to keep from getting twirly birds all in your line. It has no memory. Leader is also a must due to braid not having no stretch. If you are fishing in rocks or rip rap I recommend just mono, those rocks cut through braid like butter.
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Re: Braided line

Postby PK_ » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:25 am

I love the feel of braid. I love the sensitivity and the solid back wall on hook sets. I love how I can control a big fish and pull it out of structure. I use an albertos knot to a flouro leader.
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Re: Braided line

Postby oldrank » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:43 am

They both have their advatages. Mono is a lot more user friendly. I run 6 lb on most of my rods. There is a trick to preventing those mono birds nest. Anytime you respool your rod dip the reel in hot water. It will set ur line to your reel instead of holding memory of the spool it came on from the store. I also like mono better for line shy fish.

Braid is nice if I want distance. If I'm shore fishing into the great lakes I will have one rod rigged with braid. It's also a lot more sensitive n I get better hook sets with it. The braid I use floats. I run 6lb in 2lb diameter. I can land just about any fish in Michigan on 6lb, minus a big king. I don't like that it seems to tie itself in crazy knots easily. I also have to carry something to cut it. It also will slice my hands up easy.
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Re: Braided line

Postby Wlog » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:04 am

SMS79 wrote:
Buckshot20 wrote:Depends on the application.

Completely agree with this. I tend to think about line as a fishing "tool". And when it comes to tools, usage is all about application. Rudimentary analogy: you wouldn't use a hammer to screw in a screw if you had a screwdriver available.

Under the right conditions, braid is by far the best choice. But other conditions may dictate flouro or mono as a better choice. Some conditions could be an either/or personal preference situation.

One feature of braided line I didn't notice having been mentioned yet is that it floats. If you like fishing topwater, it's a must to have line that floats (braid or mono) to have good natural action. Personally my favorite fishing tactic is fishing a hollow-belly frog for largemouth bass. I don't use anything other than 65# power pro braid for that.

Wlog wrote:braid doesn't float

:think: We seem to be presenting conflicting info here. Maybe some don't but the braid I use floats.


You're right. I stand corrected. Depends on manufacturer and material they used. Sorry for the confusion.
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Re: Braided line

Postby mauser06 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:56 pm

Like was said, it's really up to application for me.


I didn't like it for trolling. It worked. But I had line twist issues even with good swivels. That was saltwater and trolling Spanish trees.

Another application I don't use it and wish I could is trout fishing. I fish hand made spinners and I cast and go covering around a mile and hour, depending on the stream size..it's fast fishing.. accurate casts are essential. Feeling the light taps would be a GIANT benefit...but the spinners cause line twists. I regularly cut a few feet off and re-tie mono. I do wanna experiment next year with braid and a GOOD tiny swivel and a mono or floro leader..MIGHT be the answer to the issue.

The sensitivity is un-matched. Huge benefit there.


Cost is a factor....but, braid will last a VERY long time...where mono doesn't. Mono breaks down due to heat and light. I'm guilty of keeping rods in my truck. My trout rod has been in the truck since March...I re-spool every couple trips though because I cut off so much line and like a full spool for accurate casts. I've had braid on a reel for like 10 years and just took it off just because the age bugged me...but it didn't seem to be any weaker. It was fished HARD too. 3 years I fished it over 100 days a year in saltwater I'd bet.


Like was said, abrasion and braid doesn't mix. It weakens it significantly and usually it'll just break through. It's gotten better...but still doesn't match mono...well...HEAVY 40+ mono. Any lighter mono, and I see it as a null point from my experience. Nick up light 4lb mono with light nicks and ive had creek chubs break off. But say catfishing heavy structure in the river..it's a catch 22 thing IMO. You can really put the screws to a fish with 65-80+lb braid and keep it from getting in a log jam or whatever...but if it does get ran across rock or debris you stand to loose it...I've seen good 40lb mono chewed up pretty badly and still land a 20lb flathead...

Braid typically casts much better.. especially when you start talking heavy line. I've ran 30lb mono and 65lb braid on the same rig and loose a good bit of distance with mono.


Braid is GREAT when you need line capacity. I shark fished off the beach with 65lb braid on spinning reels. 300yds of it. Don't know what the 6-7ft blacktips and giant butterfly and southern stingrays weighed...let alone the fight they out up...but I needed the braid capacity and strength. Actually had a shark spools me...which I knew was a possibility with a light setup...I couldn't afford bigger and wasn't going to kayak baits out fishing alone...


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Re: Braided line

Postby Dewey » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:02 pm

I have been using 80 lb PowerPro braided line with fluoro leaders for musky for many years now. No stretch which is great for setting hooks and the sensitivity is great for feeling lighter hits on the bait and especially for feeling contact with structure or weeds.

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