Braided fishing line continues to grow in popularity as the most versatile and durable line to spool on your reel. Its toughness in such a thin diameter makes it an excellent option for nearly all anglers. In 2017, a couple of new lines have made their presence known on the market and have quickly become a favorite line for anglers. But what is the best braided fishing line of 2017? Continue reading to see which one’s our Editors Choice, which one is the best value, and other great options to choose from.
Best Braided Fishing Line of 2017
|*Editors Choice*||Best Value||Good Buy|
|Sufix 832 Advanced Superline||Piscifun Ultra Tough||Spiderwire Ultracast Invisbility|
|8 Fibers (Featuring one GORE® Performance Fiber and 7 Dyneema® Fibers)||Piscifun Braid 10 lb – 50 lb is made with 4 strands of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene fibers while the higher tensile strength of 65 lb – 150 lb has 8 powerful strands for even more smooth power.||Advanced nylons, fluoro-polymers and High Molecular Weight PE fibers|
|6 – 80lb Test||10 – 150lb Test||6 – 80lb Test|
|SEE ON AMAZON||SEE ON AMAZON||SEE ON AMAZON|
Best Braided Fishing Line of 2017 – The Top 3
There are many good options on the market for braided fishing line, but 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. As we’ve chosen in the past couple of years, Sufix 832 Braided Line from Rapala continues to be our Editors Choice. It’s the best braided fishing line among a sea of terrific options for all anglers.
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, with 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.
New to our list is a line we feel offers the Best Value, meaning for a budget conscious angler, this line does just fine. For 2017, we like Piscifun’s Ultra Tough Braid as a dependable, affordable braided fishing line. Offered in several different colors and many sizes, this option does a fine job for very little money. What’s neat about Piscifun’s offerings is they start at 4 strands in the lighter pound test lines, 10 – 50lb test. As you need more strength, they double the number of strands with 8 to really keep the pressure on the bigger fish. You can find 8 strand lines from 65 lb test all the way to 150 lb test! New epoxy coatings help prevent fading of colors to keep your line well hidden in various stained waters. The difference in prices between 10 lb and 100 lb test is so minimal you can buy such a wide variety of sizes to fit whatever application you need. Piscifun’s Tough Braid is a really great option!
Another new entry to our Top 3 guide for 2017, Spiderwire offers a Good Buy with its Ultracast Invisi-Braid. I’ve always personally trusted Spiderwire with their lines, and I really like the Ultracast Invisi-Braid. It’s near invisible presentation in the water makes it virtual spook-proof which is a very difficult achievement for braided fishing line. Featuring 8 ultra smooth filaments constructed in an innovative cold fusion process, Invisi-Braid has an extremely high strength per diameter. You can buy Invisi-Braid in 6 lb to 80 lb tests covering nearly all fishing applications. Anglers that use Invisi-Braid still prefer to pair it with either a mono or fluorocarbon leader, but the option is really up to you given how translucent it is in the water. Invisi-Braid is a good buy for any angler.
Best Braided Fishing Line of 2017 – Best of the Rest
|Spiderwire Stealth-Braid Superline||6 – 100 lb Test||SEE ON AMAZON|
|Berkley Fused Crystal Fireline||2 – 30 lb Test||SEE ON AMAZON|
|KastKing SuperPower Low-Vis Braid||6 – 150 lb Test||SEE ON AMAZON|
|Tuf-Line XP||6 – 250 lb Test||SEE ON AMAZON|
|Bravefisherman Super Strong PE||10 – 100 lb Test||SEE ON AMAZON|
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.