Braid fishing line is a thread-like yarn made up of HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) fibres like Spectra and Dyneema. These 'super-lines' shouldn't be confused with the older, and much thicker, Dacron fishing line which is an inferior braid made from polyester fibres.
Although Spectra and Dyneema share similar properties in terms of almost zero stretch, low diameter and high strength, they are not identical materials.
Some will tell you that Spectra has the better abrasion resistance whilst others insist that Dyneema is more consistent in quality.
Whatever your peronal preference, either of these braid line types are ideal for many boat and shore fishing applications.
They both provide a number of benefits when compared to monofilament fishing line, but nothing's perfect - there's a downside too...
Shock leaders should always be used with Braid Line, not just for surfcasting but for trolling too. Otherwise, the lack of stretch will test your back and shoulders to the limit when playing a large fish, and when close to the boat the fish may otherwise shake itself free.
And never handline a fish with these braid super-lines (another reason for that long monofilament leader), not even with gloves on. Old-style Dacron is fine for handlining, but Spectra or Dyneema? Forget it!
Just one more thing...
Braid lines don't always cast well on a baitcast reel, as the coils can bed into one another on the spool when under tension on the retrieve.
Next cast? A short, inaccurate one if you're lucky, and a bird's nest if you're not. And the memory of a birds nest in braid fishing line will stay with you for a long time.
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