Welcome to the Best Braid fishing line 2021 buyers guide or as we know it braid wars. As consumers, we are spoilt for choice with the endless volume of braid variations available on the market. Different brands, different sizes and different budgets to cater to all skill levels from beginners through to tournament anglers.
Braid has come a long way in recent years. Its popularity has grown immensely and the product itself has become thinner, stronger and more marketed than ever. But it can also be very confusing for anglers to understand which to buy and for what purpose. We have visited countless tackle stores and trolled through countless manufacturer websites comparing specs. Whilst road testing many braids to really understand and compare the differences. We have considered many things when reviewing the braids on the market. Looking very closely at the following key areas.
- Diameter width
- Line strength
- how smooth are the fibres,
- casting distance
- prone to wind knots
- General smoothness
- Subtleness and memory
These qualities will give you the best casting distance and accuracy but also the most sensitivity. We have broken down the available braids into ultralight braids typically used for species such as bream, bass, estuary perch, trout. Mid-tier then through to heavy offshore line used for species such as snapper and kingfish.
Best light braid 2021
Gosen W Hard type 8 Ply
Yes, it’s one of the most expensive options but its so thin and so smooth. It has become an incredibly popular option by bream anglers at the tournament and enthusiast level. Because the diameter is so thin it means you don’t need to fish with light breaking strain such as 4 or 6 pounds which we would have historically. Now you can fish with 10 or 12 pounds without compromising casting distance or subtility. It’s great for a whole range of species for bream through to squid and available in a wide range of strengths.
Unitika bream super PE
This braid has been on the market since 2014 and continues to be a popular choice. Its purpose made for light species such as bream and is very affordable without compromising on quality and has many wonderful qualities. Its high vis, strong and incredibly thin. Allowing you to spool light reels with a higher pound line. Available in 10lb, 12lb and 14lb.
Daiwa J Braid Grand
There have always been mixed reactions around Daiwa J Braid. Question marks around wind knots and strength. Recently Daiwa released a newer revision of their J braid product labelled Grand. The refreshed version is certainly an improvement its thinner, more subtle and less prone to wind knots. It’s also very affordable and a lot more widely available than others found at the majority of tackle stores. Its smooth, thin and a really good option for most fishing purposes.
Sunline Siglon PEx8 ADV Braid
I was always a little sceptical of the Sunline Siglon PE8 released in 2017. It was high vis and super thin at a good price point but I found the line would frey easily and often break under pressure. Recently sunline has released a refreshed version of there line labelled advances, featuring DRP deep resin processing where resin is filled into the centre of the line. Making it 3 times more abrasion resistant than the previous Siglon. It also casts further and is smoother. The refreshed version is an excellent option that’s widely available.
Savage Gear Silencer II
In 2018 Savage Gear hit the market with Silencer braid in a flashy orange colour. It was one of the most affordable braid options on the market and had a large take-up. It did suffer from some issues including prone to wind knots, and strange sizing. With spools of 120 meters and not 150 which is more common on the market and strange strengths such as 5.3lb, 8.2lb, 11.9lb. However, in 2020 Savage Gear has made some massive improvements with silencer II but at the sam affordable price point. The line is now high vis yellow, its thinner in diameter, less prone to wind knots and comes in spools of 150 meters with sensible strengths 6lb, 8lb, 10lb, 15lb, 20lb, 30lb, 50lb and 300 meter spools of 10lb, 15lb, 20lb, 30lb, 50lb. certainly worth a try especially for those who are price-conscious.
- Fins Force 5
- Shimano Kairiki
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