Braided line & fly line – rivals or friends?

Braided line & fly line

Choice of the line is one of the most important factors for successful fishing. What type of line is the best for a certain kind of fishing?  It is sometimes so difficult to decide what you need most of all – elasticity, strength or invisibility. Can the lines be friends or only rivals?

In this article, you will find useful information about the braid and fly line and learn whether it is possible to use them for your fishing needs. Let’s start with the braided line.

How to choose a strong braided line?

Braided line

Given the result of many tests of a braided line, it is worth taking into account that you should lower the indicators of the permissible weight that a braid can withstand by 25-30% during practical application. For example, if the line is intended for 25lb, it will be able to withstand only 17lb. Therefore, if you intend to catch a really large fish, always add 6-10lb ​​of its weight to the braid.

Diameter of braids

If to be extremely precise, then the concept of the diameter of the braided line is inaccurate, and more precisely, it is an abstract one. Very often you can measure the diameter only by the appearance or shell of the braid. Unlike a monofilament line, a braided line consists of small fibers, which in different places have different thicknesses. In this regard, many brands that are engaged in the production of braids no longer indicate on the packaging their diameter. Among the technical characteristics, there is only the test weight that is marked in lb. It is worth remembering that the braid is much stronger than the mono with a similar diameter.


The next extremely important moment that is worth paying attention to when choosing a braided line is its strength or breaking load. The error in strength can only be affected if the fishermen tie knots. After all, if the snap is incorrect, the breaking capacity of the braid will be minimal. That’s why experienced anglers advise you to use only high-quality and proven ways to tie knots. A Double Palomar knot is universal. You shouldn’t also forget about the setup instructions that are on the box or inside it.

Elasticity (extensibility)

An equally important and influential quality of the braided line is its elasticity or extensibility. Depending on certain circumstances, this factor can affect the effectiveness of fishing. It is worth remembering that:

  • The minimum extensibility favorably affects the contact of the fisherman and the bait;
  • The complete absence of extensibility allows the fisherman to notice even the lightest and inconspicuous bite;
  • A good elasticity makes the fishing line an excellent tool for studying the depth and topography of the bottom.

In general, everything is relative and when choosing a braid, it is worth considering every factor.

What are the benefits of a braid?

Benefits of a braid

A braid excels at a few positive qualities, namely:

  • It lacks such a property as stretching, which is important when catching wobblers, spinners or other spinning baits. This is very useful when making long casts and fast hooking;
  • Different colors make the braid visible to the fisherman;
  • The braid lasts for a long time. Unlike a monofilament line, you can use it for two to three fishing seasons;
  • Braided lines don’t need special storage conditions and perfectly tolerate long-term storage.

Now let’s talk about the fly fishing line. If you want to buy the right line for fly fishing, keep on reading.

Why do you need a fly line?

Fly line fishing

If you are going to try fly fishing, then the choice of a good fly line is a must. The fly line is very important for casting. Thanks to the line, the energy transfers through the line to cast your fly out. Unlike traditional casting, the weight is not the lure but the fly line that carries your fly. So without the fly line, you won’t be able to effectively deliver your fly to the fish.

Different types of the fly line have characteristics that facilitate your casting and fishing. This is possible thanks to the tapers of the fly line and the weight that you can place along the fly line. In this regards, let’s consider the main types of fly line tapers.

Fly line tapers

Fly line tapers

There are 2 main tapers of fly fishing lines – a weight forward and double taper. They help you make your fly fishing easier and catch any fish in different situations.

Weight forward

A weight forward fly line is very popular among fishermen. You can probably guess the technology thanks to the name “weight forward”. This line has more weight and a thicker portion at the leading end. The first 50’-60’ of the weight forward fly line usually have the same diameter and no taper at all. This is the running line. The other 30’ is the place where the taper starts and has the bulk of the weight. This is the belly.  It will taper back to a thinner line in the last 5’-7’ so that you can attach the leader.

There are some variations of weight forward fly lines with the bulk in the last 20 feet. This allows you to cast it to further distances. Or there are some moderate tapers that extend more than 30’ feet, so you will have a more delicate presentation to the fish but you will cover less distance.

The weight forward line is great for casting at windy weather since it can carry more weight.

Double taper

This is another common fly line. It starts with one diameter and extends at the segment and then tapers back to the starting. The difference between the double taper and the weight forward fly line is that its taper begins after the first few feet and the bulk of the weight is centered in the middle of the line. So the beginning and ending taper will be approximately of the same length.

One of the advantages of the double taper is that it is finer and provides a more subtle presentation. Due to this, you won’t have the same distance as with the weight forward fly line, but it works better if your target is a spooky fish. Another advantage is that you can easily roll the line if one of the ends breaks or gets damaged.

Types of fly lines

Types of fly lines

Another important thing that you should consider is if you want a floating, sinking or sink-tip fly line.

Floating fly line

Floating fly lines are the most versatile and easy to cast because they stay on the surface and allow you to fish dry flies, lakes, rivers, or streamers. You can choose either a double taper or weight forward floating fly line.

Sinking fly line

This fly line is not as universal as floating and it is hard to cast because it sinks. For the sinking line, the weight forward tapers are usually used. The sinking fly line is great for use in deep water when you need to target the fish in the specific area. The best application of this line is lake fishing.

The drawback of the sinking fly line is that you have to retrieve it before the recast.

Sink-tip fly line

This fly line is a mix of the floating and sinking fly lines. The first 8’-16’ feet are usually the tip section of the sinking fly line and the remainder is the floating line. The sink-tip fly line is useful for fishing streamers in the river or fishing lakes with the similar patterns.


So now you have information to decide what type of line is the best for you. To sum it up, we would like to come back to the question whether the fly line and braid are friends or rivals. There is no obvious answer. But the advice is that the colored fishing lines are very useful (and braids come in a variety of colors) since they are visible for the fisherman. So you can attach the braid to the reel with the fly fishing line. This will allow a big bass to move over the length of the fly line.

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