In this article I will try to describe simply, the characteristics and differences that can be found on our fishing braids! Indeed in recent weeks, beginners ask me a lot of questions about it:
- -What fishing braid choose?
- -Why this one and not that one?
- -Why such a difference in strength or thick?
The market of the braid is a growth market and all manufacturers constantly seeks to innovate!Therefore, beginners and even experienced anglers can quickly be lost. I will try to answer in a simple way, to refer to the maximum all fishermen seeking information on the subject.
The different braids!
With the race for innovation and new technologies, we’re seeing more and more different braids! It is possible to classify them into several large families to find them more easily:
Braids 4 strands: Probably the most common, they are highly resistant to abrasion but however it is not the smoothest on the market. The prices are reasonable, count between 15 and 45 €.
Braids 8 strands: Increasingly present on the shelves, they are smoother and suddenly much less resistance to abrasion besides their resistance to rather average knot! They are still recommendable for some type of fishing. The price is higher than the 4 strands 25 to € 60.
Braids merged: First braids entered the market, they begin to age but it is ideal when one wants to start fishing lure with a small budget! Allow 20 € the coil, they remain fragile !!!
It is, for me, the great families of the time, even if it is possible to find tresses 3, 6 and even 12 strands!The list is not exhaustive because you can also find braids covered with material such as silicone and you can also see appear on the shelves of unifilament with the Berkley brand and nanowire.
What characterizes a fishing braid over another?
The world of fishing braid is vast and full of pitfall with many features for each braid, it is often difficult to navigate for both the beginner to the experienced! This could still be easy if all manufacturers were aligned with well-defined characteristics for all, but no, the American, European and Asian Finally, do not use the same units of measurement and do not measure the same way. While the Japanese show the real value to buyers, this is not the case of Americans who do not hesitate to change certain values … ..
The diameter: The main feature and already at this level, it gets complicated: Japanese manufacturers have used to indicate the diameter of a section: PE 1, PE 1.5, PE 2 etc. while European and American well express a millimeter in diameter. In addition, the curve sections (PE) does not evolve in the same way as diameter, here is a summary table to help!
However I can only warn the fisherman on the quality of information manufacturers … Not always realistic with their product, some well-known tresses like Whiplash or Power Pro, indicate erroneous diameters up to 5 / 100 below the reality! The Japanese seem much more accurate in their measurement with very small difference, almost insignificant!
Resistance: The still a small difference in measurement units! On one side Kilograms and other books!So be careful to check the unit of measurement.
A book is 0.45359237 kilograms but again the measurements displayed by manufacturers are more reliable except except the Japanese braids !!!
We can hope that in the near future, a global standard will facilitate and force manufacturers to give realistic values on the product, and not approximate with a single test and measurement for all manufacturers. It’s a little fight EFTTA who managed to set up a charter for the monofilaments and some manufacturers have already signed but the road is still long!
What fishing braid, for what use?
Depending on the use that you go to, the choice of your braid is paramount. Here are some hints to make your choice easy!
You fish on board: You often reach remote spots, a good slide of your braid is therefore preferable!The braid strands 8 is rounder and allows a better glide.
You fish congested areas: A 4-strand braid, much less smooth than 8 strands braid will allow you to resist more easily to abrasion.
The freshwater fishing: the still fishing braid strands 8 will have a big advantage, smooth it will slide easily and will soon reach the bottom.
The trout fishing: There, I give the 4 strands and look for discretion while maintaining a good resistance. The nanaofil is ideal!
Garnish with a casting reel: The casting allows a straight wire outlet unlike a spiral exit to a casting.The advantage of the braid strands 8 is completely negligible compared to the price difference a 4-strand braid fishing suffice!
A large braid choice available HERE!!!
I deliberately do not speak in diameter or resistance to a particular fishing technique because, for the moment, these data are too uncertain, this could mislead! I recommend going straight in store to make your choice and ask the seller to open and touch the braid to appreciate the actual diameter!