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    What’s Your Line Part Three: Braided Line

    Jerry Purviance
    Jerry Purviance has years of experience with all things outdoors and looks forward to helping you discover the joys of fishing and more.

    Muscatine Living

    Even though this seems like a relatively new product, braided line has been around a long time. Braids were originally made from natural fibers such as cotton and linen. Modern day braids are made by braiding or weaving fibers of a man-made material, like Spectra or Micro-Dyneme, into a strand of line. This makes a very strong line with a thin diameter compared to mono or fluorocarbon of the same test strength. This line is so strong that you have trouble breaking it when you get hung up. Even though it ranks high in power, it does rank low for abrasion resistance. Fishing a lot of rocky areas, you will notice the line will start to fray quite quickly.

    One of braids biggest problem is tying knots in it. It is very slippery, and you must tie the right knot, and tie it right, or it will slip and come undone. Most folks use a Palomar knot, and it works well. If you tie an improved clinch knot, make sure you wrap it seven times. With either knot, leave a little bit of tag end when you finish knot. Don’t cut it off close to the knot.

    Braids are very visible in the water. For that reason, many fishermen do not like it in clear water. It may spook the fish, especially on finesse baits where you are trying to entice a fish to bite a lure they can see for a long time. Most Bass anglers will opt to tie a short amount of mono or fluorocarbon to the end of the mainline braid to help correct this. It’s what is typically known as a “leader.”

    Cutting braids can be tough. Most fishermen that use them carry scissors, since clippers don’t work very well. They even sell specialty braid scissors and line burners in shops just for this reason. 

    The high strength and small diameter of braided line lends itself to catfishing, as you can get a lot of line on a round bait caster. Braid line has no memory, so you don’t have to worry about it coiling or looping on you.

    Other drawbacks of braid line are with cheaper rod guides you must be careful that the line is not cutting or wearing a groove into the guides itself through repeated use and friction. Inferior materials that compose the guides are usually to blame on cheap rods. Ceramic insert guides have come along way to help prevent this from happening. Silicon Carbide inserts of Nanolite inserts are good choices to look for when purchasing a rod to go with braid line. Attaching braid line to your reel can be another trick.

     As said before braid is slick, has no memory, and can spin on your spool if you’re not using a backer line or electrical tape for the mainline to bite into when spooling up. Braid line works great with spinning and bait caster type reels. Spincast type reels braid works very poorly. If your looking for power and strength and no stretch, braided line is your workhorse. 

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