Braided fishing line
Braided fishing lines are woven from a man made material polyethylene terephthalate, often referred to by the brand names Dacron or Terylene.
They produce a very smooth low diameter fishing line that is pound for pound 1/3 to 1/4 the diameter of monofilament. This smooth low diameter line will improve casting distance and because it has a low diameter, a lot more can be loaded onto a standard spool.
Braided Lines have effectively no stretch which makes them extremely sensitive. When lure fishing for example, every tap by a fish can be felt through the rod. Unfortunately due to the lack of stretch braid has a very low shock strength. Compensate for this by using either a fluorocarbon or monofilament leader, or a softer action rod, or by setting the reels clutch to a lower setting.
Braid has good abrasion resistance but can easily be cut by a sharp edge. Despite it’s low diameter, fish can easily see braid underwater so it may be necessary to use fluorocarbon leader. Tying knots in braid can be difficult because braid is so smooth that knots can unravel, consult the manufacturer for their recommended knot.
Braided line is not just for the reel it can also be used for a very supple hooklength and because braided line has virtually no memory it won’t kink or twist.