Ultralight Braided Fishing Line and Why You Should Use It


In our last article, Line Types Used In Ultralight Fishing, I explained to you the differences in the 4 main types of line used in ultralight fishing. For this post, I am going to describe the different aspects of ultralight braided fishing line, and how you can better utilize it the next time you go out!

In my humble opinion, ultralight braided fishing line is the best choice overall, from the available options in fishing lines. From monofilament, fluorocarbon, and co-polymer, braided fishing line gives the highest strength with the smallest diameter of all 4 types. The way ultralight braided fishing line works, is the manufacturer takes 3 or 4 strands of superfine nylon thread. They begin wrapping these strands together to form a braid pattern. This interlocking of finer, smaller threads, combined together provides an extremely strong ultralight braided fishing line.

Because the manufacturer takes smaller threads, binding them together, this also provides incredible stiffness, while still being limp on the reel. You can feel the difference in a clear monofilament or nylon fishing line, when comparing it to ultralight braided fishing line. The monofilament has a limpness to it, that almost makes you feel like it is going to snap. The braid has a “solid” feel to it. The limpness while on the spool helps to keep coils from jumping off of the reel while you are casting. This is a typical issue associated with ultralight braided fishing line. As long as you stick with a quality brand, you will get what you pay for. I prefer Power Pro 10/2 in Moss Green.

The wound together properties, zero stretch, and incredible stiffness makes ultralight braided fishing line super sensitive. You will feel every single “tick”, piece of wood, weed top, and rock pile on the bottom. After some time, and experience, you will learn to tell the difference between types of cover on the bottom, and actual fish bites. I believe I end up catching more fishing using braid than any other type.

So there you have it. You know you should be using ultralight braided fishing line. Why aren’t you? If you are still using monofilament, or flurocarbon, you should definately give braid a legitimate shot, I guarantee it will help you land more fish. Just remember to keep your drag set so you don’t snap your rod tip! Until next time!

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2 Responses to “Ultralight Braided Fishing Line and Why You Should Use It”

  1. Al Davison says:

    Good article! Glad to know that I’m not the only one who considers these small diameter braids as acceptable (even preferred!) for UL fishing.

    I started using braid on my UL when I started river bassin’ with UL because it’s just about the only thing you can trust to hold up to all the rocks and logs when river fishing for LMB and smallies.


  2. Mark says:

    I’ve been considering 6lb test braided, which is supposed to have a 2lb test diameter, but am concerned about getting cut by the stuff. Also, I’ve been told that the kind of knot I typically tie on mono won’t work with braided.

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