In summary I find that the braided lines are not as abrasion resistant as monofilament lines. Only in advertisements and sponsored TV shows are braided lines touted as being more abrasion resistant. Does that mean that braided lines are not good? I don’t think so and I now use braid on everything. I also use a fluorocarbon or mono leader tied to the braid. I can cast farther and with fewer tangles with the newer braided lines. The braid lasts longer than the mono lines that I used to use and I can put more on a reel with a higher breaking strength. I didn’t check the breaking strength of the lines in the test because that has been done by others sever times and reported in various magazines. I would bet that all braids will break at a much higher rating then what they are rated on the package.
Some lines are rounder and hold their shape better. Some lines are braided tighter and are smoother. Loosely braided lines came apart fast and are not a good choice around structure. Line that flatten and do not hold the round shape will not cast very well in a little bit of a breeze and look twice as big in the water. Lines that are tightly braided will not hold water as a loosely braided line. Once a braid is used a lot it starts to fray a little. Once the line is frayed it will hold more water which will make its way into the reel at some point.
I found that if the braid is cleaned once in a while as fly lines are cleaned it improves casting and water retention. A product that is specifically used for lines can be used or a product called 303 Aerospace Protectant. Unwind the braid and then reel the line through a cloth that has 303 or other line cleaner/lubricant on it. This will also prolong the life of the line.
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