Braided fishing lines have claimed their place in the serious angler's tackle box. Savvy anglers quickly recognized the advantages of increased sensitivity and reduced diameter when the first superlines hit the market in the early 1990s. Initially there were problems with quality control, as spools of line suffered from random break-offs. These issues have been addressed, and today's braids are strong and reliable.
Braided fishing lines have a diameter that is a fraction of traditional monofilament line. For example, 30-pound-test braid has the diameter of 8-pound-test mono. That means longer casts and decreased water resistance when fishing deep.
Zero stretch means increased sensitivity. You can feel every bump and bite. If you're paying attention, you can feel the rod shudder when a fish swims past your lure. The improved communication between you and the end of your line means more caught fish.
The best braided-line brands include PowerPro, Spiderwire, Vicious and Berkley Fireline. These lines have proven to be the most durable, have consistent quality control and are some of the easiest to knot.
Article Written By Stephen Byrne
Stephen Byrne is a freelance writer with published articles in "Nor'East Saltwater," "Sportfishing" magazine, "Pacific Coast Sportfishing" and "Salt Water Sportsman." As a fishing charter captain, he was also interviewed for a feature in "Field and Stream." Byrne studied environmental science at the State University of New York at Delhi.