I’ve been using a braided fishing line on most of my rods for quite a while now and have tried a number of different brands. Most of them are pretty good overall but in this post, I’m going to be talking about the best-braided fishing line to toss on your spinning reels.
In my opinion, the best fishing line to put on your spinning reels is going to be Sufix 832 braid. The reason I say that is that it’s great for casting, is super strong, lasts a good length of time, and it’s not overly expensive. For 90% of cases, I’d go with 20-30 lb test line but you can always upgrade to 50-60 lbs if you’re going after bigger fish or are in an area where snags are likely to happen.
I haven’t used every single braided line out there so I can’t say Sufix 832 is the best possible option, but it’s what I’ve been using, and have been happy with it. I’m going to assume you’ll be casting with your spinning rod and some of the lines out there weren’t the best for that. Sufix 832 casts really well and that’s one of the main reasons I use it. Continue reading for the full details on why I use a braided line.
Why Braid Is Good For Spinning Reels
There are a number of different reasons why I put braid on my spinning rods (most of my rods actually). It’s come a long way over the past few years, but in the past, it wasn’t always the best. It was really stiff and hard to deal with and that’s why a lot of people still don’t use it. They’ve made it a lot better though and more and more people are switching to it.
The first reason I use braid is that it casts a longer distance. We did a test comparing how far braid, mono, and fluoro would cast which you can check out here. I was pretty surprised by how much of a difference it made and it was a big deal for me because I’m mostly casting with my spinning rod. More distance equals more water covered.
The next reason I prefer braid is that it’s stronger than mono and fluoro (of the same diameter). 20 lb braid is the same thickness as 6 lb mono. If you have to put 20 lb mono on your reel it’ll be a lot thicker and it’s not going to cast as far. Since it’s thinner, you can also toss on 50 or 60 lb braid, have the strength, and cast no problem.
The third reason I like braid is that it’s more sensitive. It has no stretch to it (mono and fluoro do) so you’ll be able to feel the smaller bites a lot easier. You’ll also be able to get a better hookset in. One of the biggest differences between cheap and expensive rods is how sensitive they are. If you use a cheap rod with fluoro or mono, it’ll be tough sometimes to feel the bite. If you use braid instead, your rod will feel a lot more expensive.
The final benefit of braid is that you can fit more line on your reel. If you want to put 20 lb mono on your reel, you might only be able to fit 80 yards of line on (depending on your reel). You could use 20 lb braid and put well over 150 yards on. If you’re just casting from the shore, this won’t matter, but it can be a big deal if you’re trolling or dropping down deep.
What Size Braid For Your Spinning Reel
The lb test line you use will all depend on what type of fishing you’re doing. I always use a leader line though so that means I can put a heavier braid on. For 90% of the time I’m fishing, I’ll use a 20 lb braid on my spinning reel. That seems to give the best balance overall and it’s almost always done the job.
If I’m fishing for rainbow trout, kokanee, bass, or smaller fish like it, I’ll stick with 20 lb braid. If I’m fishing for bigger fish or I’m in an area where I’ll get snagged a bunch, I’ll put on a 50 or 60 lb braid. It’s not going to cast quite as good but I’ll lose a lot fewer lures.
If you’re going to be fishing with braid I’d recommend you use a mono or fluoro leader (2-4 feet should do the job). Either of those is going to be harder for the fish to see and you’ll catch more. We did a test to see how visible braid, mono, and fluoro were underwater (check that out here). If you’re fishing super dirty water and there are a lot of snag spots, you can use straight braid.
How Many Yards Of Braid On A Spinning Reel
The amount of braid you’ll put on your reel will depend on your reel size. That’s part of the reason why I wouldn’t give a specific number (in terms of yards). A lot of people don’t put enough line on their reels and the main reason would be something along the lines of “if there’s too much it’ll backlash” or “I want to save money”.
The good news is that there’s a solution to both. When you’re putting fishing line on a spinning reel, you should have them quite full. With a spinning reel, you should fill it right up so there’s a 1/8-1/16 inch gap in the spool. Obviously, you’ll want to leave a small gap so your line doesn’t slip off but having it full will perform the best.
One thing you’ll want to do is put some mono on the spool first and then the braid. Mono will grip the spool better since braid is pretty slippery. Just do a few wraps around the spool so it’s completely covered. This will also save you some money, so it’s a win-win.
Best Way To Spool Braid On A Spinning Reel
There are a number of different ways you can spool a spinning reel but I’m going to be showing you what I do. I’ve never had any issues and it should work for you as well. Continue reading or watch the video below for the full details.
The first thing you’ll want to do is put some monofilament on your spool. Mono will grip your spool a lot better and you won’t get as much slippage. You could put some electrical tape on instead of mono but I prefer using fishing line. Tie your mono onto the spool using whatever knot you want and do a few wraps so the spool is covered.
The next thing you’ll want to do is attach your braided line to the end of the mono. You can use the Alberto or Yucatan knot (or whatever else you want to use). Make sure your line is going through the first eyelet and start wrapping. Be sure to put tension on the line as you’re reeling it in and put enough on so there are around 1/8 inches (or a bit less) of spool left.
After that, you’ll want to tie on your leader. This is a little bit of fluoro or mono (2-4 feet) that goes onto the end of your line. It’s harder for the fish to see so they won’t get spooked by the braid. The length and strength will depend on the fish you’re after but you’ll want to keep it as light as you can get away with. Here’s a post on how to connect braid to a leader.
The final thing I like to do (can’t always do it) is to go out in a boat and let a good amount of line out. While the boat is moving, I’ll put out 75-100 yards of line, let it sit there for a minute or two, and then reel it back in. It’ll get rid of problems and make sure you’re line is spooled right. You don’t have to do it but I think it helps.
Until next time, happy fishing. If you want to catch more fish, use more hooks.
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