Ten fishing line questions. Part 1

For some reason, a significant part of our spinningists have such a distinction: the line is a monofilament, and the cord is no longer a line, but a complete synonym for the word “braid”. In fact, the concept of “fishing line” includes both, that is, monofilament and multifilament cords, whether it is braided or with some other principle of fiber connection.

Why is Power Pro Tecta 10 Lb round and 5 Lb flat?

Power Pro is no exception in this context. If we take the entire test line of an arbitrary braided line (precisely braided, and not (“sintered” or in a shell), then, most likely, the same pattern will be found: at medium and high tests, the cord is round, at small tests, it is flat. from the technological features of the weaving process, in which at least four flagella of fibers are taken in the manufacture of relatively thick cords, while in thin cords it is necessary to limit themselves to three, resulting in the so-called “pigtail” – noticeably flattened in cross section.

To take not three, but four, but thinner flagella are not allowed by the standard conditions imposed by strict adherence to the requirements of technology. Violation of these requirements threatens with a sharp deterioration in the quality of the resulting braided line … Such words have been heard from almost all manufacturers of braided cords, to whom I asked the appropriate question. They both agreed, which means that this is the case. But there is still a loophole here. In addition to the standard technology, there is also an “expensive” weaving technology, which still allows you to obtain thin round cords. It is available to some manufacturers, but the price of such a braid, all other things being equal, is one and a half times higher than that of a thin but flat or round but thick one. If we also take into account that a thin braid generally tends to “kill” faster, then the real price fork turns out to be even wider.

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There are a few more loopholes, but they are not quite the topic. For example, some types of cords have a loose weave, as a result of which there is no need to talk about the geometry of their section at all. In a taut state, the loose cord seems to be round, but when winding, it lays down like a ribbon. Or here are the Fire Line multifilament lines. There is a 4 Lb dough cord here, which, although it cannot be called strictly round, is still as close as possible to this section and keeps its shape well. Besides, this “string” costs relatively little money and therefore it enjoys the greatest success in its test class. Recently, a Sufix Matrix Pro cord appeared, which is also approximately from this series, but the statistics on it are still very small. In general, since the problem of a thin and round cord is very acute, it can be assumed that in the near future it will find its solution. Let’s wait a bit.

And yet – what kind of “braid” to take?

If we could name a single brand of braided line that would suit us completely, everything would be extremely simple. In fact, everything is different. There is no one guaranteed option in all respects. And there are three main reasons. First, different types of braids are appropriate for different fishing methods to varying degrees. For example, the Fire Line cord does not perform well in ultralight jig fishing, since it has a “memory”, and the weight of a 2-3-gram head is not enough to pull the cord straight at stops. Or Tortue Nacrylan – a very long-range slippery “string”, but has a little more stretch than most other lines, and therefore this braid is ideal for fishing asp, but less suitable for jig fishing.

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Secondly, some varieties of “braids” are regularly supplied to our country, then suddenly supplies are stopped or suspended. So it was with cords “Maxilon”, “Ultra Cable” and some others. For this reason, your attempt to find a “string” in the sale with good statistics of reviews may be unsuccessful. Thirdly, the notorious variation in quality. I don’t want to repeat myself, but several of the most famous braided brands have gone through this, and some of them are still in a fever. And therefore, having bought today a “thread” of the same brand that pleased you last year, you run the risk of falling into something completely obscene. In this regard, I will allow myself only to list those brands of “braids” that are currently wound on the reels with which I have caught at least a couple of times in the last two or three months. These are Pro-Jig, Maxilon, Rapala Titanium, Power Tresse, Power Pro, Tortile Braidstar. Just a listing, no comment.

I heard the expression “Kevlar line”, is this really a Kevlar line?

At one time there were such attempts – to make a fishing line from Kevlar, but then this material was replaced by fibers from high molecular weight polyethylene, passing as “PE”, “Spectra” or “Dyneema”. The fact is that Kevlar (aka aramid) is inferior to newer materials in almost all key points. It also has a lower breaking strength, and it suffers more from external conditions, and the abrasiveness is noticeably higher. Contrary to popular belief, kevlar leashes are easily bite by pike. So the combination of “kevlar line” is either incorrect, or at least has long been out of date.

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Why are they so shamelessly lying, indicating the diameter of the “braid”?

To begin with, not everyone is lying. On threads such as Pro-Jig and Matrix Pro, the diameter is indicated correctly. As for the absolute majority of others, then, alas, these are the established rules of the game. If with monofilaments of a supplier of a line with an understated diameter it is easy to pinch and publish absolutely deserved and fair anti-advertising, then with “threads” everything is much more complicated. So, in the case of a flat cord, you can always unscrew, stating that the specified parameter is precisely the thickness, that is, the smaller of its two transverse dimensions. In this case, another transverse dimension can be twice as large …

Or here are some loose cords – if you measure their diameter in a very tense state, it turns out very believable. In a weakened state, such “threads” seem to “slightly swell”. However, there are many such cords (Mustad Titanium, Whiplash Pro, etc.), where even such interpretations of the indicated diameter cannot justify the fantastic numbers on the label. Here everything is solely on the conscience of the holders of these trademarks. We, on the other hand, having no technical means for measurements with us, all that remains is to trust our eyes and draw the appropriate conclusions. The inconsistency in such cases is such that an optical micrometer is unnecessary. Of course, you should not completely disdain such cords. Just make a correction and where, for example, we use a cord with a diameter of 0.15 mm, take the one that says “0.06 mm”.

author: Konstantin Kuzmin
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