Pros and Cons of Braided Fishing Line

Years ago practically all fishing line was braided line composed largely of dacron. Newer braided fishing lines, composed of synthetic materials, now provide various advantages to fishermen. In today’s competitive market these lines are continuing to be enhanced, and braided line has become quite popular in the bass fishing industry and offers numerous uses to all fisherman.

Pros / Advantages of Braided Fishing Line:

Braided line now constructed of synthetic materials and gives higher strength while maintaining a small diameter, providing easier casting with considerably less stretch and increased sensitivity for the fisherman. Many braided lines are particularly tough to break when snagged and will straighten hooks allowing today’s pricey lures to be retrieved. Today’s braided lines function well in heavy cover while flipping or casting, eliminating most chances of line breakage while setting the hook or retrieving fish from these places. Braided lines are also fantastic choices for fishing in dense underwater weed mats allowing fishermen to muscle the fish out of this heavy cover. Braided line can have a substantially longer reel life, if properly spooled and maintained while used. Braided lines can also be used well with spinning rods, albeit it is recommended that you use a lighter form of the line if you want to reap the aforementioned benefits.

Braided Fishing Line


Cons / Disadvantages of Braided Fishing Line:

One downside is when snagged it sometime gets very difficult to break. Braided line is often more expensive than monofilament line. Braided line can put extra stress on reel parts, rods and line guides causing premature wear and breakage. Braided line may not be the greatest choice for fishing clear water. Braided line, when back lashed, can tangle quite easily and be very difficult to unravel. To cut most braids well, you’ll need tools with much finer blades, and a little tag can prevent the braid from slipping.


Braided lines keep getting better, and there are a lot of them on the market now. Braided lines provide modern anglers with a novel tool that, when employed properly, can increase their success and self-assurance in the wonderful sport of fishing.