First experiences with braided line

About a month ago, I purchased my first microfilament braided fishing line, a 150 yard spool of Power Pro 20 lb test “Moss Green”. I didn’t want to unspool any of my current spinning reels, and I only had one baitcaster reel at the time that was also already threaded with monofilament line. On Monday, I purchased a Daiwa Millionaire Classic bait cast reel, which was on sale at my local Ace Hardware store here on Bainbridge Island. This reel had a larger spool capacity than my US Reel Hibdon SuperCaster 800SX bait cast reel, which means I could put more line on the Daiwa reel than the US Reel.

My main objective to testing braided line was to determine if I could cast a heavier casting spoon (1 to 4 oz) with braided line and a monofilament (or “mono”) leader than I could with a premium monofilament line by itself. Here’s a record of my experiences and lessons learned to date:

  1. Use a palomar knot or uni knot to tie tackle to braided line. Do not tie braided line to anything—terminal tackle or swivel—with a clinch (or “improved clinch”) knot. This knot is great for monofilament line, but will slip over time with braided line. After about 20 minutes of casting a 1.5 oz Cabela’s RealImage® Jointed Jig-N-Spoon, the line snapped right at the swivel to the 3 foot monofilament leader.  I haven’t had any issues over the last four days with my practice casts using these knots.
  2. More braided line can spool onto any type of reel than equivalent pound test line of the monofilament variety. This may seem obvious, but braided line has a thinner diameter than typical monofilament line, pound for pound.
  3. Casting distance seems better for the same terminal tackle compared to monofilament. Because I typically deal with windy beaches here on Bainbridge Island, braided line doesn’t catch as much wind as monofilament line. I don’t have any accurate distances to measure, but my tackle is getting farther out into deeper water with braided line.
  4. Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut braided line. Nail clippers and pliers with a cutting edge are not sharp enough to have a clean cut with braided line.
  5. Apply backing to your spool to prevent slippage with braided line. Using arbor tape or just plain old electrical tape, wrap the surface of the reel’s spool before you tie the main line. If your reel’s spool has holes to thread the line through the spool, then you likely don’t need to tape a backing to the spool—just thread the line through the holes and tie an arbor knot.