Using the best braided fishing line can be the difference between successfully reeling in that elusive trophy fish, and going home empty handed, thinking of what could’ve been (trust me, every angler’s been there). That is why it is imperative to pick the best braided fishing line for YOU. But with the vast selection of fishing lines on the market, it can be a daunting task. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best braided fishing lines on the market to help you in your selection.
What are the benefits of using braided fishing line?
Braided lines offer a number of advantages over monofilament and fluorocarbon:
Braided line has no stretch - this allows you to have a direct link between yourself, your lure and the fish. Which in turn leads to increased sensitivity and allows you to notice even the smallest nibbles from fish. Because the line has no stretch when you set the hook, it’s direct and it’s instant which allows you to get really good hook penetration and hook sets in deeper water and heavy cover.
Abrasion resistant - braided fishing line is extremely durable and can be used when fishing around docks, wood and rocks. As a side note when fishing in thick vegetation braid helps cut through grass making it easier to land that fish.
Flotation- like mono braid also floats making it a great choice for top water fishing especially frog style baits in thick vegetation.
Thinner diameter - The biggest advantage of braided line for me, is the smaller diameter for a given "test”. Which means you can actually put a 40-pound line with 10-pound diameter. Providing larger spool capacities and further casting distance. It allows me to get more footage on my spool when fishing saltwater so that I can afford to let a fish run a little farther to wear it out during a fight.
Helps you save money - for the budget minded angler a spool of braid can be fished with, for more years without being replaced as often as you would expect with fluoro or mono.
What should you consider when looking for the best braided fishing line?
Reel’s size limitations - your reel is usually made to hold a specific size of line (nowadays a range) so it is always important to know what number this is before purchasing line. This number is usually found on your reel.
Line color - fishing line color you buy is usually determined by what quarry you are pursuing (are the fish line color sensitive?) and the water condition. Braided line is visible in water so I prefer to use moss green because it is slightly less visible in most water conditions compared to other colors. Some people prefer to use brighter colors like yellow for example as it makes it easier to see your line when fishing at night.
Pro-tip - braided line is visible in clear water. If you’re fishing in clear water but want the sensitivity of braided line I would advise you to attach a fluorocarbon leader (fluorocarbon is almost invisible in water). As a general rule for a 6ft rod, I like to put 12ft of leader line, so twice the length of the rod. That will allow you to still have the sensitivity of braided line but at the same time make your line invisible underwater.
Braid to fluorocarbon knot:
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Review of the best braided fishing line:
Spiderwire stealth braid:
Made from Dyneema one of the world’s strongest fibers so you know its abrasion resistant. Ideal for fishing in heavy cover. It is engineered for high performance in both saltwater and freshwater. The variable color pattern breaks up the profile of the line, so it blends into any type of water condition and any kind of vegetation. Each line is uniquely colored for low visibility in all water conditions.
The line is made to provide the most strength, with the thinnest diameter for smooth, quiet performance. Fluoro polymer treatment and color lock tech makes it cast farther, last longer, helps it resist digging in on reels and remain whisper quiet for stealth attacks. When hiding your presentation from game fish in clear blue water choose the blue camo braid. For fishing in and around vegetation or murky water, I use the green camo. The only downside like most braided lines is, the brighter colors seem to lose their color rather quickly.
Power Pro Spectra
This spectra braid is braided using 4 strands composed of spectra fibers. The line comes coated which helps with durability but gives it a rather harder feel. This coating also prevents it from digging into the spool. Surprisingly, the line is still very limp and supple. For a coated line it is very round and its lack of memory allows you to cast farther with very little backlash. The line is very durable and abrasion resistant. It cuts through vegetation which makes it ideal for fishing in heavy cover. One thing to note, is that it is not a quiet line. Like most braids, it does bleed so be careful when handling it.
Sufix 832 braided line
The first thing I noticed about this line is its roundness and smoothness. I could barely feel the weaves! It is made from 8 fibers (7 Dyneema and a strand of Goretex.) The benefit of Goretex is that it increases tensile strength by acting as a buffer and lubricant between the other Dyneema fibers, reducing the amount of friction on the line. It also prevents fibers from cutting into each other during a hookset for example.
The line is very soft and supple which allows the line to go through your guides much easier which in turn allows you to cast farther and more accurately. The Goretex helps the line shed water. The line sinks, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your needs. It keeps its integrity and maintains its roundness which means you get less cutting in on the spool and farther casting distance. One thing I did not like about this line is that the color fades really quickly (it must be stated, the color is not as dark to begin with, compared to other braids). It can also make a mess by bleeding on your reel. Regardless, its suppleness, smoothness, and strength make it my go to braid for my spinning gear especially when drop shotting. If visibility is a major deciding point I would suggest going for the ‘ghost’ color.
The samurai braid is made from 8 uncoated strands woven together. The individual fibers within those 8 strands are very fine. It is exceptionally limp. The line has really good color retention compared to other braids. Even after it has faded over the course of a season it’s still darker than most braids. It is also very quiet going through the guides. You don’t hear anything even when you’re torquing it and bringing a fish out of heavy cover.
What I really like about it unequivocally, is its color retention. In comparison to other brands it comes in heavily dyed. What I dislike about the Daiwa Samurai braid is that its supple form every once in a while creates a knot in my reel. This is not specific to the Daiwa Samurai braid, but has to do with making a line in that way as opposed to lines that are stiffer.
Tips on caring taking care of line:
- Prolonged exposure to sunlight can affect your fishing line. Store your line in a cool, dark place.
- From time to time run the last 2 to 6 feet of line between your fingertips and check for nicks and abrasions. Clip off any affected areas. Failure to do so is one of the major causes of fish break-offs.
- Always replace the line on each reel when it shows signs of wear.
To be honest, I really liked all braided lines I reviewed. If I had to choose one, the title for best braided fishing line would have to go to the Power Pro Spectra. Its quality, quietness, and smoothness going through the guides is second to none IMHO. Closely followed by the Spiderwire Stealth braided line.
If you have tried any of these braided lines, leave a comment and let me know what your favorite line is. I hope this article has helped you narrow down the best braided fishing line for your needs.