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
  • PE

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.

 

Braid Top picks

  • Light – Gosen Hard
  • All-round – Sunline Castaway
  • Premuim – Daiwa Saltiga 12

 

Best braid 2021

Gosen W Hard type 8 Ply

Gosen W Hard 8 Ply Hard Type Braid

  • Price – $49 for 150 meter spool
  • Available strength 10lb ( 0.4 ), 12lb ( 0.5 ), 14lb ( 0.6 ), 16lb ( 0.8 ), 20lb ( 0.10 )
  • Made in Japan

It’s affordable thin and 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.

 

Sunline Cast Away Braid

SUNLINE CAST AWAY braid

  • Price – $74 for 150 meter spool
  • Available strength 10lb ( 0.6 ), 12lb ( 0.8 ), 16lb ( 0.10 ), 20lb ( 0.12 )
  • Made in Japan

Sunline Cast Away PE is an excellent choice at that mid-price point. This non-tangle braided line has 8 strands. This broad is smooth, casts really well, resilient and very quiet. The smooth surface and the hybrid construction offers excellent casting distance, accuracy and comfort with fewer line troubles. Cast Away PE is a low stretch, high sensitivity line with a high weight ratio. It suspends in water and provides excellent visibility in dark or light conditions and is well suited for inshore/light offshore lure fishing

 

Daiwa Saltiga 12 EX

 

Daiwa Saltiga 12 EX Braid

  • Price – $89 for 200 meter spool /  $99 for 300 meter spool / $189 for 400 meter spool
  • Available strength 13lb ( 0.6 ), 16lb ( 0.8 ), 22lb ( 0.10 ), 27lb ( 0.27 ), 31lb ( 0.15 ), 36lb ( PE 2 ), 44lb ( PE2.5 ), 55lb ( PE 3 ), 68lb ( PE 4 ), 88lb ( PE 5 ), 100lb ( PE 6 ), 120lb ( PE 8 )
  • Made in Japan

Released in 2019 Daiwa Saltiga 12 EX is a top choice premium braid. It’s very round and subtle making it a pleasure to use when casting or battling a fish. Available in an extensive range of strengths and spools.  Providing high-density braid with excellent abrasion resistance and strength. With 72% improved abrasion resistance, 20% more strength, an 18% more slippery surface and 30% less line stretch compared to other 8 braid premium PE lines, our 12 braid is the ultimate inline technology. By reducing the diameter and creating an ultra-smooth surface allows 12 braids to produce less friction/resistance on the guides and spool rim allowing for longer smoother casting, less noise, minimal water penetration and incredible sensitivity. Saltiga 12 is the ultimate heavy-duty jigging and casting line for big game fish. Colour-coded every 10, 5 and 1-meter increments to allow you full line control.

 

Unitika bream super PE JR

unitika bream super pe jr braid

  • Price – $34 for 150 meter spool
  • Available strength 8lb ( 0.6 ), 10lb ( 0.8 ),  14lb ( 0.10 )
  • Made in Japan

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. It’s 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

Daiwa J Braid Grand

  • Price – $39 for 150 meter spool / $79 300 meter spool
  • Available strength 6lb ( 0.6 ), 8lb ( 0.13 ), 10lb ( 0.15 ),  15lb ( 0.19 ),  20lb ( 0.23 ),  30lb ( 0.28 )
  • Made in Japan

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 it’s 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. It’s smooth, thin and a really good option for most fishing purposes.

 

Sunline Siglon PEx8 ADV Braid

Siglon PE ADV braid

  • Price – $49 for 150 meter spool / $89 300 meter spool
  • Available strength 6lb ( 0.12 ), 8lb ( 0.13 ), 10lb ( 0.15 ),  12lb ( 0.17 ),  16lb ( 0.18 ),  18lb ( 0.20 ),  20lb ( 0.22 ),  24lb ( 0.24 ),  30lb ( 0.27 ),  35lb ( 0.29 )
  • Made in Japan

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 their 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

Savage Gear Silencer II Braid

  • Price – $34 for 150 meter spool / $69 300 meter spool
  • Available strength 6lb, 8lb, 10lb, 15lb, 20lb, 30lb, 50lb

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 same affordable price point. The line is now high vis yellow, 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.

Shimano Kairiki 8 braid

SHIMANO KAIRIKI 8 BRAIDED FISHING LINE

  • Price – $34 for 150 meter spool / $69 300 meter spool
  • Available strength 6lb ( 0.06 ), 8lb ( 0.10 ), 10lb ( 0.13 ),  15lb ( 0.16 ),  20lb ( 0.20 ),  30lb ( 0.23 ),    40lb ( 0.28 ),  50lb ( 0.32 ), 60lb ( 0.35 ), 80lb ( 0.42 ),
  • Made in Japan

The Shimano Kairiki comes in 3 colours and 6 different strengths. However, we like the multicolour spools of 300 meters is an excellent choice for saltwater reels. The line is strong and reasonably priced compared to other high-end braids which can get costly when purchasing 300 meters worth. Available in 20lb, 30lb, 40lb, 50lb, 60lb and 80lb. The revised Kairiki 8 from Shimano, adopts a new VT construction method. Featuring 8 carriers and incorporating Japanese manufacturing. The new tight weave VT construction is created by applying high tension in opposing directions during the braiding process. In the VT Construction Method, fibre is weaved evenly at all angles resulting in a smoother finish, reduced diameter and a long cast. Additionally, the smooth finish creates less friction through the guides, minimising cast noise and aids to a stealthier approach. The tight weave achieves enhanced sensitivity, resulting in a low stretch. These attributes make Kairiki 8 an excellent choice for finesse fishing, casting lures and tying knots where smoothness, sensitivity and castability are all required to give that extra edge against your next encounter.

The multi colouring isn’t quite as bright as some other multicolour lines on the market and we have noticed that the colouring does slowly wash away. This is also evident when you run the line through your fingers when spooling. That being said it’s a good choice for the price point.

You can find out more about this braid on Shimano Kairiki website

 

Tasline Elite White

Tasline Elite braid

  • Price – $59 for 150 meter spool / $79 300 meter spool
  • Available strength 8lb ( 0.11 ), 12lb ( 0.13 ),  15lb ( 0.16 ),  20lb ( 0.22 ),  30lb ( 0.29 ),  40lb ( 0.31 ),  50lb ( 0.32 ), 60lb ( 0.42 ), 80lb ( 0.48 ), 100lb ( 0.54 )
  • Made in NZ

Tasline Elite is an excellent braid option for anglers. An interesting colour choice of white however the line is subtle, strong and thin in diameter. It’s a good choice for a whole range of techniques whether that be estuary fishing for bream, inshore fishing for pinkies or offshore fishing for kings and Tuna.

Available in meter spools of 150, 300, 400, 450, 600, 1000 and 2000 meters which is a staggering range. Strength includes 8lb, 12lb, 15lb, 20lb, 30lb, 40lb, 50lb, 60lb, 80lb, 100lb. Tasline has developed a cult following due to its suppleness, strength and castability. Produced over the ditch in NZ from the finest spectra fibres available, this line is well worth a look when it is time to re-spool.

Tasline Elite White is pure 8 strand, with no coatings or additives, leaving it silky smooth and supple for improved casting distance and extreme fishing like popping and jigging for trophy fish. Together with a proprietary after braiding process developed by Tasline, this braid is tweaked to optimum performance. Manufactured and tested in small batches, to make sure Tasline Elite White is the best braid available.

Best Braid Honourable mentions

 

  • power Pro
  • Fins Force 5
  • Nomad Pandora 8X
  • Suffix 131
  • Shimano Ocea
  • Unitika light jigging
Additions or corrections

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