Good and Bad of Braid Fishing Line
What Is Braid Fishing Line?
Braided fishing lines have become very popular during the past few
years. They work well in certain fishing situations and are extremely
strong. They do have some drawbacks that out weigh the benefits at
Braids are made by braiding or weaving fibers of a man-made material
like Spectra or Micro-Dyneema into a strand of line. This makes a very
strong, tough line that is very abrasion resistant. This line is so
strong that you have trouble breaking it when you get hung up. A fish
is very unlikely to break it although the teeth of some species, like
pike and muskie, can cut it.
One of braid's biggest problems 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 tmes. With either knot, leave a little bit
of tag end when you finish knot. Donít cut it off close to the knot.
Some people even put a drop of super glue on the knot so it won't slip.
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. You can put a leader on the braid but that
involves an extra knot between you and your bait, one more place that