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The choice of braided lines is large. The choice of alternatives even greater. But what makes a line braided from several fibres so special? The answer is: its braiding!

Because this ensures a high load-bearing capacity, even if the line only has a small diameter. They come in a wide variety of colours, sizes and lengths. The only question that remains is: which braided line is the right one for me?

To help you decide, we would like to show you in our braided line test 2022 what you should look out for when buying. You will also find out when braided line is the best choice and in which situations you should rather use an alternative such as monofilament or fluorocarbon line.

Since there is a wide range of braided lines on the market, we also present our favourites.




The Best Braided Line: Our Picks

Braided lines: buying and evaluation criteria

Braided lines come in many different varieties. It is important to know what to look for when buying braided lines in order to find the right line for you. We have therefore summarised the most relevant buying criteria for you here:

In order to better understand what is meant by these criteria and what relevance each of them has, we will take a closer look at them below.

Diameter

Which diameter is the right one depends on the line's area of application. Thinner lines are more suitable for longer distance fishing as they can be cast further. Thicker lines, on the other hand, have a higher abrasion resistance.

Note: the thicker the line, the more visible it is in the water. The higher the diameter, the higher the load-bearing capacity. However, braided lines are mainly known for their high carrying capacity even with a smaller diameter.

However, it is difficult to compare the stated diameters with each other, as the manufacturers use different measuring methods, which lead to different results.

Therefore, it is important not only to make the purchase decision dependent on the diameter itself, but also to look at the other line characteristics.

Load capacity

The carrying capacity you need depends on the type of fish you want to catch. A trout, for example, can be caught with a line weight of 2.5 to 5 kilograms, whereas a cod requires 14 to 19 kilograms. So you should think about which fish you want to catch before you buy.

When buying, it is very important to bear in mind that the specified carrying capacity values are often overstated and therefore do not correspond to reality. If a value appears to be too good to be true when you look at the diameter, you should not blindly trust it.

The following table should serve as a small orientation guide.

diameter in mm 0.1 0.12 0.14 0.16 0.2 0.25 0.3 0.35 0.4 0.5
max. load capacity (8-fold) in kilograms 5 6 7 9 13 16 21 30 33 50

Here you can see, using the example of an 8-plait line, which carrying capacity seems realistic for which diameter.

Braiding

The braiding is the number of strands from which the line is braided. The higher the number of strands and the more tightly they are braided together, the stronger, smoother and rounder the braided line will be at the end.

The higher the quality, the higher the price, but this does not mean that every expensive line is also of high quality. The most important thing is how precisely the braid is made.

You have the choice between a 3-plait and a 12-plait braid. The 8-plait line is the standard nowadays. This is mainly due to the fact that this number of strands in a tight and precise braid results in a very smooth surface and a round shape.

This not only has a positive effect on long casts, but also ensures less noise in the water.

Tightness is measured by the number of braids per 1 cm, but very few manufacturers even specify this. The more strands and braids there are, the more expensive and higher quality the lines usually are.

If the strings are braided too tightly, there is a risk of losing load-bearing capacity. So if you're looking for a very thin line, it won't be able to have 12 strands because the number of strands alone will make it larger in diameter than one with fewer.

Colour

The choice of colour depends on the desired visibility of the braided line above and below the water surface. Certain colours fade at a shallow depth, others are still visible metres underwater.

Highly visible colours can be a deterrent. So when buying, keep your target fish in mind.

Highly visible colours have the advantage that you can see the line more easily and notice more quickly when a fish bites. You can also choose a colour that is similar to the water and therefore invisible.

When choosing a colour, however, be sure to consider the fish you want to catch. Highly visible colours can act as a deterrent and have a negative impact on your fishing success.

Multicolour lines, on the other hand, change colour every few metres. They are particularly suitable for fishing in deep waters, as the colour change can be used to calculate the depth of the lure. With all coloured lines, however, you should bear in mind that the colour will fade after a certain period of use.

Length

The length you need depends on how many metres of line will fit on your reel. You should also consider the diameter. The thicker the line, the shorter it needs to be, as only a certain amount of line can be spooled onto your reel.

You should therefore know the capacity of the reel in order to determine the length you need.

There is also the option of lining the braided line with another, slightly cheaper, line to save money. If you decide to do this, you need to consider not only the diameter and length of the braided line, but also that of the filler line.

In order to buy the appropriate amount of line, you would first have to do some maths. Fortunately, there are line calculators that make life easier for us. With their help, you get an approximate guideline and can save money because you only buy as much as you need.

Braided lines: Frequently asked questions and answers

Now that we have gone into some important buying criteria, we would like to take a look at some frequently asked questions on this topic. We want to help you learn a few basic things about braided line and thus assist you in your search for the ideal line.

What is a braided line?

A braided line (also known as a polyfile) is not just one strand, but several fibres that are braided together. The production of this line is much more complex compared to other types of line, which in turn is reflected in the price.

This type of fishing line offers different variations that you can choose from, depending on your needs. It is available in different shapes, but also differs in the materials used.

It has the properties of having almost no stretch, a high load-bearing capacity with a small diameter and a long life.

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Whether on the shore, in the sea or from a boat. With the right line, fishing success is not long in coming. (Image source: Brady Rogers / Unsplash)

The Dutch UHMWP fibre changed the fishing world in the 1980s. In Germany it is known as Dyneema. Its properties are what make braided line special even today.

In the meantime, however, there are also manufacturers from countries such as China and Japan, for example, who use a different material and still manage to produce a similar quality.

What types of braided line are there?

Apart from the criteria already mentioned, such as the braiding, you also have the choice between a braided line with or without coating. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages:

Type Advantages Disadvantages
With coating More water and dirt resistant, increased abrasion resistance, easier handling Less casting distance, stiff and hard line as a result.
Without coating Even without coating a very smooth and supple surface possible, softer and more flexible. Lower abrasion resistance, more susceptible to dirt and water.

The coating ensures that the braided line is not only more water-repellent but also more dirt-repellent. It also increases abrasion resistance for a certain period of time and provides a smoother surface.

There are two types of coating. The line can be given a coating after it has been braided. This gives it a uniformly smooth surface, but also makes it very hard and stiff.

However, it is also possible to coat all the fibres individually and only braid them together afterwards. In this case, the individual strands would still be clearly visible.

Uncoated lines, on the other hand, can be cast further because the coating reduces the casting distance. In addition, a good, tightly braided line made of 8 fibres can also be very smooth, supple and round.

Compared to a coated line, it is softer and more flexible with similar smoothness. The disadvantage is that it is less resistant to water and dirt.

What are the alternatives to braided line?

Besides braided line, there are two other very well-known types of line that you can use. These have different properties that can be both an advantage and a disadvantage.

Alternative Description
Monofilament line
  • Consists of only one fibre and is usually made of polyamide
  • Has a very high abrasion resistance
  • Is very stretchy, which is why it is not suitable for long distances
  • In contrast to fluorocarbon line, it is more tear-resistant
  • It is available in different versions (sinking, floating, for saltwater, for freshwater, etc.)
  • Is sensitive to UV rays and loses much of its load-bearing capacity over time and with poor storage
  • Life span is approx. 2 to 3 years
Fluorocarbon line
  • Is made of polyvinylidene fluoride.
  • Its elasticity and casting distance are between braided line and monofilament
  • Is ideally suited for the drill, as it offers a buffer that is neither too large nor too small
  • Also has a high abrasion resistance
  • Is almost invisible in the water
  • Resistant to UV rays and does not disintegrate
  • Has an unlimited lifespan

Compared to monofilament and fluorocarbon line, braided line ultimately scores points for its load-bearing capacity combined with a small diameter, as well as its long service life.

What does a braided line cost?

Due to the complex manufacturing process, the cost of a braided line is significantly higher than that of a monofilament line. However, since the lifespan is almost unlimited, this line is one of the purchases for a longer period of time and not just for one season.

The price depends strongly on diameter and load capacity. The higher these are, the more expensive it will be. You will find a very wide price range, as the cheapest line is already available for 2.99 euros, but one of the most expensive ones costs around 300 euros.

Cord Price
Braided line approx. 3 - 300 euros
Monofilament line approx. 2 - 73 Euro
Fluorocarbon line approx. 1,50 - 625 Euro

As this small comparison shows us, the price range of the monofilament line is in a much cheaper range. The fluorocarbon line, on the other hand, can be bought for much more money. The braided line therefore offers a good alternative.

But again, it is important to remember: which line is right for you depends entirely on your fishing intentions and should therefore ideally not be made dependent on price alone.

When should braided line be used?

Using a braided line has advantages over the other two types of line in some respects. We will now take a closer look at the circumstances in which it is best suited and you should use it:

  • When almost no stretch is desired: Braided line has the least stretch in contrast to monofilament and fluorocarbon line. This has the advantage that it can be cast very far and maintains direct contact with the fish even at long distances. If a fish bites, you notice this immediately. Due to the lack of stretch, however, there is also a disadvantage in terms of the drill. There is no buffer, so the fish feels a resistance directly and in some cases can save itself before it can be pulled ashore.
  • When a high carrying capacity is needed: The very high carrying capacity paired with a small diameter is one of the highlights of this line. This makes it very suitable for fishing larger and stronger fish. In addition, due to its thickness, it is hardly visible even without camouflaging colour.
  • When the choice of colour matters: If you want to be able to see your line above the water and maybe even below, braided line gives you plenty of options to let off steam and find the perfect colour for you, depending on your desired visibility and chosen target fish.
  • When the temperature is right: Braided line is not completely water repellent, so it can freeze in freezing conditions. It is therefore only suitable for low temperatures when antifreeze is applied.

As you can see, there are a few things to consider in order to get the most out of the line. So there are many ways to use it, they just have to fit your fishing plans.

What fish is braided line suitable for?

This is a very important question, as the answer will help determine which of the strings on offer is the right one and therefore promises the greatest success. Depending on the type of fish, a different carrying capacity of the line is needed and this in turn depends on the diameter. To get a basic idea of what the values might look like depending on the fish, let's look at the following table:

Fishing technique Target fish Ø Braided line
Spin fishing perch, chub, trout 0.10 - 0.12
Spin fishing zander, asp 0.12 - 0.16
Spin fishing pike 0.16 - 0.22
Spin fishing catfish 0.30 - 0.50
Bottom fishing (feeder fishing) tench, crucian carp 0.10 - 0.12
Bottom fishing (at a distance) carp 0.15 - 0.20
Light pilk fishing cod, coalfish, pollack, mackerel 0.16 - 0.22
Heavy pilk fishing large cod, large coalfish, redfish, tusk, ling 0.22 - 0.30

As additional information, the fishing technique is also listed here. As you can see, braided line is mainly suitable for spin fishing, but also covers other methods.

The lack of stretch is also very popular with experienced anglers, as they know how firm a strike has to be and what to do if the fish wants to flee. Direct contact with the fish is very important.

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Are you ready for the ultimate fishing adventure? Then choose a braided line that ideally suits your fishing intentions and off you go. (Image source: Robson Vidar Nordli-Mathisen / Unsplash)

Furthermore, it is also very popular for sea fishing and fishing in Norway, as it is not only ideal for saltwater, but also for the necessary distance. It is advisable to use a multicolour line to calculate the depth of the lure.

Which account technique is best for a braided line?

How you tie a knot and which one you use has a big impact on the line's carrying capacity. It is also the weakest point of the entire line and must therefore be tied in such a way that it holds.

However, not every knotting technique is suitable for every type of line. Therefore, especially with braided line, you should pay attention to which knotting techniques are promising.

With a well-tied grinner account, the braided line still retains 85 to 90 percent of its carrying capacity. The most popular and best account for this type of line is the grinner-Konten. It is a little more difficult to tie than a simple knot, but it can be easily learned by beginners.

In addition, it has a high to very high knot strength and ensures that a carrying capacity of 85 to 90 per cent remains when tied well, which is significantly higher compared to others. This makes it suitable not only for light but also for heavy fishing.

Conclusion

So, in conclusion, you can hardly go wrong with a braided line as long as you choose the right one for your fishing project.

The highlight is clearly that it has a high carrying capacity thanks to the braiding, and that with a small diameter at the same time. It is also ideal for spinning and distance fishing, and its casting distance is impressive.

You can buy a braided line both on the internet and in an angling shop. You can expect a wide range of prices, as you can buy them both cheaply and very expensively. Alternatives include monofilament line and fluorocarbon line.

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