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Understanding Braided Fishing Lines

There are many types of fishing lines available in the simple reason behind this is you cannot possibly catch fish with just a single type of line. Of all the lines used in fishing braided, monofilament, fluorocarbon and fused are the most widely used. For the time being we will focus on braided fishing line.

As a freshwater or saltwater fishing tackle braided fishing lines are much preferred by anglers. It is one of the earliest types of fishing line and till date is preferred by many anglers because of its great overall power, lack of stretch, high knot strength. Initially braided fishing lines were made with natural materials like cotton and linen but with the passage of time and up gradation of technology, these are made from man made synthetic materials and then braided.

Though it is the toughest and abrasion resistant fishing line, it has some drawbacks owing to which not many fishermen would prefer this if given a choice. First and foremost it is pretty difficult to tie knots in this line. The correct knot if not tied properly comes undone as it is slippery. A Palomar knot works well in this case.  A few others will swear by an improved clinched knot that is effective and stays put but care must be taken to tie them properly and leaving a little bit of tag after tying the knot. Some also prefer to add a drop of strong glue to keep it in place.

Another drawback of this particular type of fishing tackle is that it is opaque in water; in other words it is visible in water, which spooks the fish. Some prefer to add a monofilament line as a leader so as to reduce the visibility of the line but then again there comes another knot between you and your fish; not something anglers really prefer.

One has to be very careful while handling a braided line. It is very tough and if not carefully handles you might cut yourself too. They are difficult for even a fish to break except for pike or a muskie. They cut through the inexpensive rod guides and reel spools. You have to have a pair of scissors to cut the braids; simple pliers would not work.

If you are planning to fish in water with heavy vegetation like cat tails, water hyacinths, lily pads, and hydrilla, using a braided fishing line is a good idea. The line will cut through the stems of these plants without the fish tangling you up.

This type of a strong and durable line is best for deep sea fishing as well as for trolling, bottom-fishing, jigging and deep drop fishing. If you are fishing for top water baits, it is easier with a braided line due its lack of stretch.  

Braids are costlier no doubt than the other types of fishing line but it is also equally strong and durable so fully worth all the money. In order to use braided fishing line, you have to first learn hoe to deal wit it and what are its pros and cons. It would take a lot of hard work coupled with experience to use this particular type of fishing tackle effectively.


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Apart from being an expert fisherman, Allan Simons is also an able writer of fishing and fishing tackle.