Braided line or monofilament line? What to choose for?
Certain scientific achievements and technical research of manufacturers of fishing equipment have divided modern fishermen into two camps, which are not aggressive, but still confront each other. One part of them passionately praises the braided line (or, in the language of common parlance, "cord"), the other does not fundamentally give up its favorite mono-line (colloquially - "fishing line"). I must say that the forces are becoming unequal and the number of braided adherents, every day, is growing more and more. An important role in this is played by various fishing publications, most of whose authors arrogantly call any monofilament "consumer goods". And now an inquisitive beginner, and even an experienced fisherman who has lagged behind technical innovations, has a legitimate question: is the braid as good as they write about it? In this article, we invite you to understand the real possibilities of these lines. So, mono line versus braid. Go.
Let's consider the arguments.
Braiding advocates: “There’s nothing to talk about at all! Braided line is definitely better than "mono". It has a higher breaking load at a smaller cross-section, moreover, it is more resistant to external factors. Its characteristics speak for themselves. "
The answer of the mono line supporters: “The use of braids will entail the need to purchase and use better quality, therefore, more expensive tackle. For example, to catch a riding perch it is not at all necessary to purchase a reel for $ 200. and a rod for 250. For catching most of the fish, a budget, but reliable rods for 10-30 USD, and spools for 5 USD, solely to reel in the line. If the fisherman winds the braid on a spinning rod equipped with plastic guide rings, after 1-2 months it will damage them so that it becomes unusable, and the rings will need to be replaced. Braid is also incompatible with a cheap coil. The shelf life of the "reel for reeling" most often expires, during 1-3 months of intensive fishing. "
Our verdict. Having given preference to braiding, do not forget about high-quality tackle.
Extensibility of the line.
The braid advocate argument is extensibility. Rather, its complete absence. Due to this feature, the angler feels the bait much better, has the ability to control it well, and even when biting, the fish will be better spotted. Thanks to this, the number of retirements is reduced, albeit insignificantly. In addition, when playing, a non-stretching line will better hold the fish, while a mono line, due to its extensibility, keeps the fish a chance to win back part of the line. It would seem that again all the arguments in favor of braiding. But!
The answer from the supporters of mono. “On the current market, there is already a mono line with minimal extensibility, if not almost complete absence thereof. In practice, a low-stretching mono line is in no way inferior to a braid. The number of descents, bites, fish specimens caught will be exactly the same. In addition, the mono is much easier to handle. Her beard and braided beard are very different things. Plus, if the angler is not experienced, the risk of this very "beard" in the braid is much higher. "
Our verdict. Extensibility is extensibility and type line nothing to do with it.
The argument of the braiding supporters: “A small section is a huge plus, with a strong current.Due to its small cross-section (0.1mm and thinner), the braided line will be much less blown away by the current, which will greatly simplify the task of delivering the bait to the required place. Thicker mono lines are "great" to demolish, and the bait must be learned to cast with the expectation of drift. In addition, due to the small cross-section, on the spool coils you can reel in over 100m of line and fish comfortably, while a reel with a mono line often does not even hold 70m “.
The answer of the mono-line supporters: “It’s so, but only“ places with a turbulent and strong current ”, most often, are located directly on the shell rock (the bottom under the rifts, underwater edges, backflow jets, as a rule, is strewn with shell rock), which is why the wicker afraid like fire. If the shell touches the braid, it will instantly be cut off, while the monofilament, in most cases, will come out “dry”. And in some reservoirs when fishing for carp, braid is generally contraindicated. Despite the minimal cross-section, it is still a rope, and the carp sometimes notices its significance.
but better than transparent mono lines, regardless of the section diameter. When fishing for catfish, it is also impractical to use a braid, take pity on your hands. "
Our verdict. Braid is better, but only in the hands of an experienced angler.
The argument of the braids supporters: “With the same cross-section, braids have much higher breaking load. A braid with a diameter of 0.1 mm can withstand such a load that a monofilament with a diameter of 0.4 mm will not withstand. And the combination of breaking load and cross-section makes it possible to successfully use it when fishing for various fish. But the diameter of the monofilament, with a similar breaking load with a braid, is often no good. "
Mono-line supporters answer: “Yes! This is indeed the case. But, for fishing in our reservoirs, a breaking load of 8-10 kg is quite enough. And this one has a very high quality monofilament, with a diameter of 0.3–0.35 mm, which is quite acceptable when catching most fish. Adherents of braids will have to shell out tidy sums for extra pounds, the need for which is very dubious. "
Our verdict. Oh, how the price ruined the whole picture! Due to the fact that the cost of the braid is several times higher than the cost of monofilament, we will give preference to the latter.
After reading all these comparisons, we are able to formulate the final answer.
In terms of its characteristics, the braid is, of course, superior to the monofilament. But the sense from this will only be in the hands of a seasoned and experienced angler, subject to the availability of high-quality tackle. For beginners and amateurs, it is better to use a monofilament. Practice shows that its disadvantages are much less tangible than stated in the catalogs.