Of all the items an angler needs to have for a successful day fishing, one of, if not the most important items is their fishing line. You can argue a good hook is most important, and you’d get agreement from me, but next in importance has to be good fishing line. With the wrong fishing line you can go from a great day on the water to an absolutely miserable one. And while there are several varieties of fishing line, the topic we’ll be covering today is on the best braided fishing line. Braided line is super popular today with its wide range of uses and ultra-tough design. But which braided line is for you? We’ll cover all the best braided fishing line you can find on the market today, starting with our Top 3 Picks.
|Spiderwire Braided Stealth Superline, Moss Green||Spiderwire||4.3|
|Power Pro Microfilament Line||Power Pro||4.5|
|Suffix 832 Advanced Superline Braid -300 yards||Rapala||4.5|
Best Braided Fishing Line – The Top 3
While there are many choices of braided line on the market, we’ve narrowed down what we feel is the three best to pick from. We pulled from personal experience, expert reviews as well as other factors to give you our three favorite lines. Your results may certainly vary, but we feel you cannot go wrong with any of the three mentioned. If we had to pick one, we would select the Sufix 832 Braided Line from Rapala. Of all the choices, this line seems to be the best.
Rapala’s Sufix 832 braided line is a clear cut favorite from experts and amateurs alike. Made to special specifications, Sufix shows excellent strength under almost all stress tests. Additionally, its patented design of 8 fibers (1 GORE fiber, 7 Dyneema fibers), you can count on Sufix to hang tough in any fight. Offered in sizes 6 to 80lb test, you can use Sufix for light tackle rigs all the way up to deep sea equipment. Eight braided fibers with 32 weaves per inch, you can expect smooth casting and incredible abrasion resistance from this line. Overall a very solid choice for your reels.
Power Pro Microfilament Braided line is an industry leader and one of the more well known braided lines on the market. With a vast offering of colors and sizes, you can find the right line for your application. Power Pro is constructed with ultra strong Spectra fibers keeping it in shape under the most extreme stresses. Each spool is treated with Enhanced Body Technology for smooth, round profiles. Its thin diameter gives your lures more action in the water, making them irresistable to trophy fish! Made with three end braided construction this line gives you the near zero stretch and sensitivity to feel the lightest of strikes. With an equally impressive price point, the Power Pro is a good option for anglers on a tight budget.
Arguably the most well known brand of Braided line, Spiderwire Braided Stealth Superline has a great reputation as a rock solid braided line and for good reason. Recently improved to 30% more strength, the Stealth Superline can be counted on for vigorous fights. Built with color lock technology, this line casts farther and lasts longer than other leading brands. Its Dyneema microfibers are treated with fluor polymers, giving the line a smooth, slick profile that flies through guides like a bullet. Offered in many sizes, from 6 to 65 pounds, you can use Spiderwire for any number of applications. And its near zero stretch gives it the sensitivity you need to feel even the slightest bite.
Best Braided Fishing Line – Best of the Rest
|Berkley Fireline Tournament Exceed Smoke Braid 300 Yards, 8 lb||Berkley||n/a|
|KastKing SuperPower Low-Vis Gray Braid Fishing Line 500M (550 Yards)/1000M(1100 Yards) Advanced Superline||KastKing||4.4|
|Tuf-Line XP 300 Yard Fishing Line||Western Filament||4.7|
|Bravefishermen super strong PE braided fishing line Dark Green||Bravefisherman||4.1|
Some tips on using braided fishing line
If you are new to using braided fishing line, or haven’t purchased your own and set it up yourself, there are a few things to consider before you go out and make a purchase. Firstly, braided line is thinner than monofilament. For example, a particular braided line may advertise 6-pound test line has the same diameter of 2-pound test monofilament. Thinner line has many advantages, but it is a little more difficult to work with, tying knots and the like. It can also be problematic on the reel. I typically fish 20 to 30 lb test braided line as that usually matches what size I’d use for monofilament. Use your best judgment and refer to your reel guide to understand what line should be used on it.
In addition to size, braided line is a little different when spooling on a reel. It’s always best practice to use a couple of layers of monofilament as a backing before spooling your reel with braided. This lets the braided line settle more naturally and allow it to break in a little more quickly. This is best practice of course, and not necessary in every situation.
If you like to finesse fish, you would not want to use braided line. Braided line is meant to be a strong line capable of being pulled heavily when dragging big fish from the depths. Because of that, it has little to no stretch. This will change how you handle big fish on the line. You may want to experiment with drag settings to get the right feel. One chief advantage of the lack of stretch, however, is the ability to feel subtle bites on the line from virtually any depths. A very nice benefit when fishing deep waters.
The biggest “knock” on braided line is its visibility in the water. While manufacturers are improving the visibility of their braided lines, it’s still detectable under most conditions. That’s why it’s recommended you add a monofilament leader to the end of your braided line. I’d recommend a very short leader, two to three feet at most. Most anglers prefer a triple surgeon’s knot or back to back uni knots when tying on their leaders. If you choose to forego a leader, either due to dirty water conditions or heavy cover, tie your lure on with a Palomar knot.
Carry a good pair of scissors with you as nail clippers or other traditional clippers used to clip mono line will not work as cleanly with braided. You will end with several frayed ends streaming from your knot.
Braided line is more popular than ever before and it’s understandable why. It just keeps fish on. Monofilament lines certainly have their advantages, but if you’re looking for line that just stays secure, you can’t go wrong with braided.