Deciding when to use braid vs mono can seem a daunting task. Before seeing which one is stronger, let’s consider their main differences.
Braided line has less stretch and the diameter is much thinner, which means more line on your spool and being able to feeling every single bite. However, knots will be harder to tie, and it’ll tangle more than mono.
Braid is used by 90% of anglers on spinning reels and it can last for years, even if used frequently. The downside is that it’s more visible to fish, no matter what the color is, and you may need to attach it to a leader.
Monofilament is cheaper in price, but it needs to be changed often. As a result, braid is more convenient in the long run. Mono loses effectiveness over time, and even UV rays and saltwater will contribute in deteriorating it.
Mono has a lot of stretch, which can be useful in some fishing environments; it’s easier to cast and for tying knots. Finally, it does not tangle easily, and it’s less visible to fish.
Braid, however, is considered more resistant than monofilament of equivalent diameter. You may get some fraying on the outside after using it a lot, but the fiber remains strong and you’ll be able to use it longer than mono.
How strong is braided fishing line?
Although braided line is stronger, mono is more abrasion resistant. It may sound like a paradox, but if you actually compare the two lines, both with 10% abrasion on them, the result is that braid is still three times stronger than mono of the same diameter. Braided line often performs better than fluoro or mono when their breaking strength is tested.
Is mono or braid better for Baitcasters?
Braid is highly visible in the water and might not be the best choice for clear water fishing as the line might scare away shy fish. The choice between mono or braid is a matter of preference: braid does not grip as well as mono or fluoro, and certain knots will not hold well with braid, but you can still take advantage of its benefits by using a mono backing when spooling with braid on baitcasters.
Is braided line worth it?
Braided line is more expensive that other lines, but the quality makes it a solid investment. Braided lines will give you a completely different feel than mono and its lack of stretch is good when fishing topwater baits on long casts. It is definitely worth to invest in braid; however, remember that this line performs well in many environments, but it isn’t good for everything.
If you’re a heavy fisher and you replace your mono every few weeks or months, you may consider using braid to start saving money in the long run. It may need some time and practice to get used to the new line, but the transition is well worth it.