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Braided Line Info Center

Braided superlines add superior strength, sensitivity and handling to every fishing application. Superior engineering offers a wide selection of lines to suit your needs. For the new user, there are distinct differences between Braided superlines and traditional monofilament lines you may be used to.

We offer these tips as a guide to experiencing the best Braided superlines have to offer.

Choosing line by diameter, not breaking strength:

Incredible strength and diameter advantage over monofilament lines. When choosing a Braid to replace a monofilament line, it's usually best to choose a Braid with comparative diameter to the monofilament. This might mean replacing 12-pound monofilament with 50-pound Braid. The benefit to this approach is maintaining similar handling characteristics to what's currently comfortable. Sure, that's incredibly strong, and yes, your days of breaking off fish and lures may be over. The area where this is not the case is in applications like offshore fisheries, where you may use a comparative strength Braid to the monofilament you've previously used in order to gain substantial line capacity on your reel. Another area might be one in which Braid diameter advantage is used to dramatically increase casting distance, as in bank or surf fishing.

Spool the line tight.

Unlike monofilament, Braid has very limited stretch, a hard exterior and very little memory. Braid does not grip a reel spool like monfilaments do. The solution to any problems is found in how the line is spooled. Prior to spooling up with Braid, put a wrap of electrical tape on the empty spool. This gives the line something to bite into. Another option is to back the line with a few turns of Dacron or monofilament, which achieves the same result of preventing slippage. Wind the line on tightly and under steady pressure. Packing the reel well will eliminate any opportunity for the line to dig into the spool. If done properly the first time, you'll experience years of trouble-free use.

Set drags properly:

If running Braid straight to a lure, set your drag to no more than 30% of the line's breaking strength. If using a monofilament leader, recognize there is probably a drastic difference in the breaking strength of the Braid and a light monofilament leader, and set the drag to protect the leader.

Double knots perform better.

Braid aerospace fibers and coatings don't bite into one another when knotted. For this reason, poorly tied knots can slip under a load. For general applications, use of a Palomar knot will hold with exceptional strength. To incorporate a wide family of knots, tie them with a doubled length of Braid to add significant strength.

Watch for fraying.

Braid does not break down in sunlight like monofilament. It is susceptible to nicks and abrasion. After continued use, watch for wear or fraying close to terminal gear. Remove a short length of the worn line an retire if necessary.

Use a Controlled Hook Set.

All Braided-Lines have considerably less stretch than monofilament lines. Therefore, a monster hook set is not necessary. Be firm and controlled. Braid hits nearly as hard at 100 feet as it does at 10.

Cut with Knife or Scissors

Braid is incredibly strong and very small diameter. DO NOT EVER attempt to break it with hands or cut through it with your teeth. You will lose, perhaps be wounded and maybe require some dental work. A good pair of scissors or a knife is all that's necessary. On another note, DO NOT EVER WIND Braid line around fingers, hands or arms while fishing, attempting to land a fish, or freeing a snag. See reasons above. For freeing snags, place a couple wraps of line around your reel, point the rod straight at the snag and holding the reel frame, pull straight away.