How to choose PE Braided lines? Which is the best ? ( Dyneema ( R ), Spectra ( R ) )

Braided lines of Dyneema and Spectra are Poly-Ethylene based filament lines. These lines are much stronger than classical mono-filament nylon, and now many anglers use them. It floats because it has 0.97 weight ratio, when water has 1.0 weight proportion. The pipeline is braided with a distribute of very thin fibers and it tend to have coating to protect the thin fibers. There are besides many braided lines in market, and we should study before we use them.

Most differences of PE braided lines come from the material, manner of braids, coatings and construction.

Material :
Dyneema or Spectra fibers are brands name of high-density poly-ethylene. Dyneema has upgraded fibers from original to following, and early manufacturer as well .

Material Breaking strength to nylon in the same diameter * weight ratio
Dyneema/Spectra 3.0 0.98
Super Dyneema 3.5 0.98
Ultra Dyneema 4.0 0.98
Ultra 2 PE fiber (YGK WX8, Varivas Max Power) 4.2 0.98
*Nylon (standard) 1.0 1.14
*Nylon (high tensile) 1.1-1.2 1.14
*Fluorocarbon mono 1.05 1.78
*Ester mono 1.4 1.41
*Keplar/Vectran 4.3 1.4
*Zylon 6.4 1.54

*Data from YGK

Way of braids : not braided, 3strands, 4strads, 8 strands
There are none-braided PE lines in marketplace, which has PE spectrum fibers bonded by hard coatings. The surface of the note is very legato, and it is a great advantage. The bind material makes the line very hard, like mono-filament trace, and it is easy to handle. These none-braided lines have the compromised tensile strength between mono-filament and braided lines. Durability and casting outdistance are besides compromised from braided line. These lines are recommended for bait casting reels, but not much for spinning reels .
Most braid lines are “ braid ” with multiple strands. Each strand is composed of a count of very thin fibers .
Some lines are braided with 3 strands, and it is flat in shape. It is less expensive. It receives more wind than 4-strand course. When lines are twisted, the 3-strand line shows more crudeness .
Most braided lines are braided with 4 strands. PowerPro, Spiderwire, Fireline and most PE braid lines in market are braided with 4 strands. Braided lines with 4 strands are in the form of squarely, but with thin lines it looks round. The braided body has some roughness, and you may feel the noise when you reel in the 4 ground lines .
There are a few PE braid lines braided with 8 thin strands for better eloquence. These are by and large for offshore bass jig, rated at more than 40lb-test, and they are expensive. Smoothness is identical crucial because line always contact to line guides with relatively high tension in jig .

From left, 8-strand, 4-strand, 3-strand
From left, Zenaq-Jigger Trust 40lb, PowerPro 10lb, Ripcord Si 15lb

Coatings : Hard coat, thinly coat, non-coat

Most braid line are coated with some kind of abrasion defender because PE fiber has less abrasion underground than monofilament lines. One of the hardest coat is on Berkley Fireline and Spiderwire fusion. Fireline looks like one roughage, but it is braided with 4 strands and then coated with plastic application. PowerPro has relatively hard coat, applied to each strand, and you may easily identify the braids of the occupation. YGK Power Hunter, WX8 and WX4 have thin fluorine coating, and it is a gentle as non-coated PE wrinkle .
Coating gives the channel hard body, and it besides make body slender. The slender body receives less affection by wind or current. But, harder line has more clash with guides in cast, and leads to less casting distance. PE fiber material itself does n’t have memory, but the hard coat has memory. Softer, less-coated lines require particular care in handling to prevent tangles, but cast far .
Considering the extent of add grinding protection by coatings and the disadvantage of them, I prefer to use thin-coat line because it casts a lot farther, and retrieve much smooth. By using mono-leader, I can achieve the abrasion resistance, and do n’t much need it for main line. Currently, some nylon lines have 20times grinding resistance to normal mono, and coated braided line may have merely the similar resistance of normal nylon course .
Construction : 100 % PE braid, loanblend construction with other fibers
Most PE braided lines are made of 100 % PE fibers, but some lines have hybrid construction with infectious mononucleosis filament, or early fibers. These hybrid fibers/filaments are used to add some tension to the line and improve the easiness in handling. One full exemplar is Sunline Cast Away line, which has 4 PE roughage and 4 high-density ester filaments braided together. The wrinkle is celebrated for bang-up vomit distance and none of line-trouble for offshore casting purpose. other lines have hybrid construction with PET fibers, which is cheap, but still stronger than nylon. In the past, I have used a hybrid line with individual infectious mononucleosis core, but it was not much beneficial because the core pops up from braids .
Specifications of braided lines

Coloring Material # of Strands Coating Hybrid/construction
None (white) Original Dyneema 3 None 100% PE fiber
Single color Super Dyneema 4 Thin 4+1 mono filament
Metered by 25m Ultra Dyneema 8 Medium hard 4+4 mono filaments
Metered by 10m Ultra 2 PE filament (YGK WX8) Hard 4+4 ester filaments
Metered by 1m Super Hard fusion (Fire line) 4+4 pet strands


Products Material # of strands Coating Construction Pro’s and con’s of the line Recommendation
Duel Super Smooth Ultra Dyneema 0 Hard coat 100% PE fiber Easy to use like nylon, less casting distance Bait casting reels, spinning light rigs
Berkley Fire line 4 Super Hard fusion 100% PE fiber Easy to use like nylon, less casting distance Bait casting reels, spinning light rigs
YGK Power Hunter,  YGK PE compact Super Dyneema 4 Thin Silicone 100% PE fiber Super strength, dig-in with bait casting reels Deep jigging, spinning light rigs
YGK WX8, YGK Jigman WX8 Ultra 2 PE filament (YGK) 8 Thin Silicone 100% PE fiber Ultra strength, super smooth, dig-in with bait casting reels Spinning inshore/offshore, deep jigging
YGK G-soul 112,  Sunline Cast Away Ultra Dyneema 8 Thin Silicone 4+4 ester filaments None-tangle, easy to handle, great casting distance Spinning inshore/offshore casting, freshwater, bait casting reels
Power Pro 4 Hard 100% PE fiber Good strength, no dig-in with bait casting reels, noisy at guides Bait casting reels, spinning light rigs

From my experiences, I recommend 8-strands wrinkle for spinning stagger if you will use mono-leader. Ultimate sensitivity line system
For bait vomit reels, hard-coated Fireline and lines like Power Pro are calm the best. Softer lines will get dig-in troubles.

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