How to Use a Braided Fishing Line

How to Use a Braided Fishing Line
Braided fishing line is made of man made synthetic lines that are wound together to form a tough and durable braid line. Popular as a line for use on many fish species, braid lines are durable, tough, and withstand abuse that mono-filament cannot. Using braid lines involves differences from other lines including knot tying and means of cutting.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod and reel braided line scissors
  • Fishing rod and reel
  • braided line
  • scissors
Step 1
Attach hooks and lures to braided line by tying a braided line knot. Tie the knot by first folding the line back from the tag or loose end at about 3 to 4 inches.
Step 2
Pass the folded or looped end of the line through the eye of the hook so that there is 2 to 3 inches of looped end extending through the eye.
Step 3
Wrap the looped end around the main line beginning at a point away from the eye and wrapping down to the eye. Make sure to keep the wraps concentric but loose enough to allow the line to slide down to form a knot.
Step 4
Pull the knot down tight and make minor adjustments so that the knot is securely tied. Braided line does not easily move against itself due to friction so there will need to be sufficient room with the knot for adjustments.
Step 5
Cut any loose line extending from the tied knot with sharp scissors. Other means of cutting mono-filament and other lines may not cut braid line as the wrapped strands of the braid are very strong.

Tips & Warnings

Fishing with braided lines is different to mono-filament or other lines and requires practice in tying knots as well as fishing in general.
Braid lines are extremely strong and cut resistant. Use caution when handling tightly stretched braid lines to avoid abrasions or cuts.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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