Dear Captain " Which braided line brands are better for resisting knotting or known to be less knot prone? "
Believe it or knot (lol) they are all about the same with wind knots or air knots as some people call them. Braided line is a gel spun micro fiber called Spectra or Dyneema. Some are 4 strands, 6 strands, 8 strands, flat sided, round, coated etc.... Some even claim they use a higher grade of micro fiber. It all comes down to personal preference. You ask 10 professional anglers and you will get 10 different answers on which one is the best. Power Pro is still the # 1 braided line sold that I see. All braid has to be managed by the angler. There are many variables that cause the so called knots, starting with the rod and reel you are using. They now make rod and reels to be braid friendly.
Reels had to have their oscillation systems changed, bail rollers and bail wires changed. The spool shapes and lips had to be changed. The type of metals inside had to be stronger along with the drags and so much more. Rods the same blanks had to be changed along with guides that braid would not cut through. The length of and the rod the action of the rod. Some rods and reel companies do a better job then others. Then, there is the anglers experience, the wind and weather conditions, the weight of the lure etc... Remember how thin braided line is. The average 15 lb braided line has a 4 lb monofilament equivalent diameter. The higher end ones a 2 lb diameter. That is very very thin and prone to more knots and harder to manage. Here are the best things you can do to eliminate braid line problems.
- Use a braid-friendly rod and reel (tackle shop can suggest them)
- Use a higher pound test braid that the reel allows; it has a larger diameter
- Make sure the braid gets correctly put on your spool (tackle shop again)
- Make sure that your line to leader knots are thin and do not catch the guides on cast
- Close the bail by hand and pull the line tight to the bail roller
- When wind is blowing directly at you, cast sideways and low to the water
- Heavier baits and lures cast easier (when your having problems)
- Try different braided line brands and sizes. Until you eliminate the problems.
You will find a braid that works for your equipment and you. Last but not least everybody gets the occasional wind knot, air knot and braided line problems. Even the best anglers in the world. They might not admit it, but they do. Once you figure out which steps or step above you have to add to eliminate your problems, you will enjoy using braid. I have used and tried most all major brand braided lines and liked them all. I have been consistently using the Ohero braided line the longest, because I helped in testing the prototypes. I still am using some of the original Ohero for over 8 years. Ohero is a great braided line!!!
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