WHAT BRAID IS BEST FOR YOU?
Braid can be an essential part of any angler’s tackle, but there are a few things to consider when choosing which one to buy …
Ideal for marker float use, ‘spodding’ or ‘drifting’ and lure fishing for pike.
Ideal for ‘pinning down’ main line when a much less detectable approach is required.
Braid, the pros …
Most braids are exceptionally thin, making them superior casting lines. They have virtually no stretch, which improves bite indication, makes them more sensitive for feature finding and ideal for ‘spodding’. Braids generally deteriorate a lot slower than nylon/fluorocarbon, therefore you don’t need to re-spool as frequently. Also braids gives less trouble with line twist.
Braid, the cons …
Care must be taken when spooling new braid, it is important not to overfill your reels otherwise ‘wind knots’ will occur, and it is best loaded onto your spools wet and under tension. The lack of stretch in braid can result in fish losses due to hook pulls or hook link breakages, so a bit of extra care needs to be employed when playing fish. This zero stretch can also result in a broken rod if the braid gets wrapped around rings during casting or general handling.
A better understanding…
Dyneema is the material that gives today’s braids their remarkable properties. A braid made from 100% Dyneema will be the finest diameter braid you can buy.
As a general rule, similar diameter braids made from pure Dyneema will have similar breaking strains,
immaterial of what is written on the spool (Click here for the latest chart downloads a pdf). Braid characteristics will vary according to how it has been braided, affecting the texture, the cross-section profile, knot performance, abrasion qualities and durability. There are also fused Dyneemas such as Berkley FireLine that show no evidence of braiding and resemble a monofilament line.
Dyneema is lighter than water, so any pure 100% Dyneema braid will float although some angling
situations require a sinking braid so other materials are blended. The higher percentage blended the faster the braid will sink, but the diameter of the braid will increase and possibly absorb water. Both factors will affect casting distance.
Floating braids are ideal for marker float use, spodding, drifting for pike, or keeping line away from underwater obstacles such as snags and sharp bars.
Sinking braids are ideal for pinning down your mainline when a much less detectable approach is required.