How to choose the right braid for freshwater spinning
Hello to all fishing enthusiasts!
If you are into spinning for more than a few fishing days, chances are that you are already enjoying amazing performance of braided fishing lines! Experienced fishermen develop their own taste for choosing the best braided lines, but if you are still exploring the world of spinning, here are some helpful advice on details you should check before you fill your spool.
Choosing best braided fishing line for saltwater sometimes can seem like rocket science, but freshwater situations are also requiring some knowledge if you want to fish with maximum pleasure. Most important parameters you need to focus on are fishing line types, fishing line diameter, fishing line strength, fishing line stretch, and fishing line color. These parameters should be adjusted to your fishing styles.
Fishing Line types: most common line types are four and eight strand braided lines. Construction on braided fishing line is affecting on all the other parameters, especially on profile shape, abrasion resistance, castability and smoothness. Generally speaking, 4 strand braid has more minus/ellipsoid profile, rougher and noisier feeling and less casting performance, but better abrasion resistance, easier knotting and usually they are much more affordable. 8 strand braided fishing line, on the other side, usually have almost perfect round profile, smooth and silent performance, outstanding castability, but they are more sensitive to abrasion. 8 strand braid is giving their maximum when you are using the fishing knots that are usually recommended by braided fishing line manufacturers. One more detail you should check is coating composition, more coating means less casting performance and less smoothness but more abrasion resistance. So, rougher the terrain that you are fishing at is, you will need a rougher fishing line.
Fishing Line Diameter and Fishing Line Strength: you should always see these two as a proportion. Old fashion measurement for braided line quality was to find thinnest strongest braided fishing line. Today, we know that not all the manufacturers have the same standards for these measures, so we have to fishing line test chart, or to look for the best rated braided fishing line. No matter the strength, you should go for thicker braid for hard terrains in order to save more lures and thinner when you need better casting. Pick the right diameter according to your spool capacity, and adjust the strength of your line to the strength of your fishing rod. Usually, rod manufacturers are giving recommendations for fishing line strength in the rod specs.
Fishing Stretch: best braided fishing lines do not stretch. You should always have this on your mind when you are trying some new product. Stretchable braid line tends to tangle much more, and the nests of fishing line can really ruin your fishing.
Fishing Line Colors: best braided line color is the one that will be as much visible for you and less visible for the fish.
A short overview of rough fishing styles:
Top Water Fishing /Ultra Light Fishing: If you are targeting trout, perch, asp, chub or bass in clear water, with a small amount of water vegetation, logs, branches or sharp rocks, you are free to enjoy fishing with thin, most sensitive fishing line. You should go for 8 strand braided fishing line, thin as possible, and preferably dark colored. This choice will allow you to cast easily with precision, to have maximum control of lure in the current, enjoy full sensitivity feeling the lure action and fish bites when pulling a lure. Dark green is usually less suspicious of the fish, but if you are fishing in sunny conditions, black will make a contrast that will help you to see the line better. There is no such thing as the ultimate best braided line for bass, but if you are fishing for the bass on topwater lures, or on some light finesse rigs, go for 8 braided line! Please, have on your mind that you should always use fluorocarbon fishing leader for this style of fishing. By using the leader that is slightly weaker than your fishing main line, you will extend your fishing braid lifetime!
Jig Fishing: fishing for Zander and catfish on big rivers is a challenge for every fisherman, and for your fishing gear! In the fast currents you will need a robust response to the battle with big fish. Natural choice here is 4 strand braid. When you have a big catfish on your rod, the fishing line is never too strong! Here you need to make a compromise and to pick the one that will allow you to cast far enough, and to have all the strength needed. On the other side, for Zander, pick the line thinnest fishing line as possible, but strong enough not to lose too many lures. My favorite leader concept for this style is shock leader, that is stronger than fishing main line, because the tears will flow much more for the lost fish than it would for a couple of meters of fishing main line. Fishing on hard terrains means a lot of abrasion, so you will need to “refresh” your line by cutting some meters that got worn out. Best colors for jigging are some hi vis fishing line for poor light conditions, and multicolor for depth figuring.
Combined Techniques: pike fishing, power fishing for bass, zander fishing on wobblers… all these styles are opening you more choices, will you go for thinner 4 strand braid, or thicker 8 braided line, it is up to you. You will learn the most about the line by casting and fishing on it!