Who makes the best braid?

Fri, Oct 29, 2010

Equipment, Topics

The previous post makes my stance on braid pretty clear. If you haven’t made the switch to braided line yet, its time. Now that we have that out of the way there are a few more details to consider. The term “braided line” actually includes a variety of different materials from a handful of companies. To properly understand braid you must begin by understanding that not all braid is created equal.magazine 224x300 Who makes the best braid?
I’m not here today to advocate a single brand. However, I will tell you that before reading the following material I fished with power pro and P-Line Spectrex interchangeably. At this time, I’m not sure what I will be using in the future. I’ve always liked the thought of using a brand of braid that had more carriers, as they are typically smoother and more manageable. The downside to this, at least in my own thinking, is that they tend to be weaker overall than lines with only a few carriers. I’ve been arguing with myself about what brands to try and what options might meet my needs for over a year now.
On a recent trip I stumbled my way into the pages of Florida Sport Fishing Magazine. As I thumbed through the pages of the September/October issue I was happily surprised by an in-depth article on braided lines titled, “The 30 lb. Challenge, All braids are NOT created Equal”
I was in for a treat! There are four primary factors that you need to consider when looking at a braided line. As explained in the article they are the fibrous material the braid is made of. (Typically Dyneema or Spectra fiber) The number of carriers (individual threads that will be weaved together to form the line), The “picks” per inch (this represents the number of times the carriers cross each other in the weaving process), and the final coating process.

Once you bring these four factors into play you can select a line that will meet your needs. In the meantime, I’m happy to share this graphic from the magazine. I hope you find it as helpful, eye-opening, and possibly even as much of a shocker as I did. As the title of the article stated, braids are NOT all created equal!braid Who makes the best braid?I have to admit that I was completely shocked by some of the results of these tests. Again, I am not here to promote any specific brand. However, after seeing these results I will personally be looking into a few different brands that may better suit my needs. I hope you’ve found this information useful!

If you’re interested in gaining a better grasp of how braided line is made and what separates one brand from another I highly recommend you visit the magazine’s website and contact them directly to try and pick up a copy of the September/October issue at: http://floridasportfishing.com/magazine/

Also, I beg you to support your local tackle shops. We’re in the midst of a tough market and they need all the help they can get. However, if you don’t have a local shop I recommend purchasing your braid from tacklewarehouse. Here is a direct link to their Braided line selection: http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Braided_Fishing_Line/catpage-FLBRAIDED.html?from=tbassin

Did you enjoy this post? Was this information new? Leave a comment and let me hear your thoughts.

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16 Responses to “Who makes the best braid?”

  1. David Says:

    Power Pro has served me well. I have never had a knot break (palomar.) It cast very well too.

  2. gary r walton Says:

    good evening, have you tried the “nanofil”.?..i have 17# on a couple of spinning rigs,,,casts a mile….i use double palomar on all braid, works for me..

    thanks and i love the video’s

    gary

  3. Andrew Says:

    I really like Sunline’s FX2 braid. It’s kinda pricy, but you get what you pay for. It has a smaller diameter than most braids with the same test, hardly fades over time, and I pull this stuff through some rough stuff with a smile on my face without a worry.

  4. Paulus Says:

    Hi Guys.
    I am testing lines daily and always looking for more.
    Should anyone like to have a mono or braided line tested, send 3 mts in an envelope, Paulus.
    to.
    Line test
    13 Alhambra ave
    Cardiff 2285 NSW
    Australia

  5. fish_food Says:

    Jeremy,

    Yep–the different trade names for gel spun PE (Dyneema vs Spectra) are due to marketing/trademark agreements. Spectra and Dyneema are the same polyethylene fiber but the differences between finished products come from what each brand specifies for their manufacture (ie, the number of carriers used, the pique count, the coatings used, etc).

    But you’d think the author (or editor) would know that from doing research for his article featured in a big magazine…

  6. Alex Says:

    For the last year or more I’ve been almost exclusively using braid as my main line, often using a flouocarbon or rarely mono leader. I use samurai braid and power pro. While not reflected in line strength test have a smooth rounded line makes certain factor like castability, distance and backlash improved. The old fireline was stiff and horrible.

  7. Matt Says:

    Jeremy,
    I have no idea where all your knowledge is coming from but I’m really glad you’ve taken the time to get on here and lend your thoughts. That is what this website is about… fisherman coming together and being real.
    Frankly, I had no idea they were the same material. Thanks for shedding light on that! I completely agree with your analysis. Without tests like this, we’d have no idea what the true breaking strength of these lines really is.

  8. Jeremy S Says:

    Because Spectra is manufactured by Honeywell and Dyneema is manufactured by Dutch manufacturer DSM. They are both gel-spun polyethylene, which is why in Japan they call the entire line category PE line, not braided/fused.

    I personally have not noticed a difference between the two in fishing line, but some will argue that one is of a higher quality than the other. A bigger difference is in the way the braids are created from the fibers by the line manufacturer. They use different coatings and different weaves, as evidenced above by the number of picks/inch.

    The biggest take-away from all this, at least to me, is that breaking strength listings on line packaging mean jack squat (surprise, surprise) and that single palomar knots are NOT suitable for tying direct with braided line.

  9. Justin VonSpreckelsen Says:

    Very interesting fish_food? Seems accurate. I did a quick definition search and wikipedia defines them both the same. ummm…. why would there be two names for the same thing?

    “Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE or sometimes shortened to UHMW), also known as high-modulus polyethylene (HMPE) or high-performance polyethylene (HPPE), is a subset of the thermoplastic polyethylene. It has extremely long chains, with molecular weight numbering in the millions, usually between 2 and 6 million.”

  10. fish_food Says:

    Just putting out an FYI that Dyneema and Spectra are just different brand names for the SAME raw material (ie, gel spun polyethylene fiber)…

  11. Jeremy S Says:

    Yeah, that guy’s site isn’t the easiest to read, but it is definitely interesting to look at. I think when it comes to braid bass guys have a lot to learn from the saltwater guys.

  12. Matt Says:

    Rich, you make some very astute observations. It seems that without studies like this we would have absolutely no idea what brands to use and trust.

    Jeremy, I tie other knots as well but I believe the facts still speak for themselves. There is SO much to be gained from this information. Thanks for the link to Paulus’ site. Its a bit of a tough read but there is some great info there! I’ll be looking at it further this afternoon.

  13. Rich Says:

    Great article. Thanks for sharing. From what I gather with Spectra, picks seem to be a determining factor over carriers. Once you go over 19 picks the lines breaking point is for all intent and purpose at its advertized level. Dyneema on the other hand seems to be all over the place. Spiderwire Invisibraid was the thickest line with the 2nd most pics, eight carriers and had the highest breaking point, yet Stren Sonic had fewer carriers, the 2nd smallest diameter with the lowest number of picks yet it ranked 2nd for breaking point by over 2lbs. How is an angler to tell without studies and info like this which lines are the best made?

  14. Jeremy S Says:

    I was disappointed to not see any of the Sufix braids in the test as that is what I usually fish. I wish they had tested some different knots as well because I have experienced the same issues with straight Palomar knots with braid and so have resorted to using some other knots when tying direct with braid.

    If you want to see even more braid testing, there is a guy in Australia named Paulus that has extremely intensive braid testing on his site (he even tests different colors of the same brand and finds they have different breaking strains, etc.): http://www.pcwi.com.au/fishing/index.htm

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