Best braid to use


I have a sml Abu overhead reel and want to put some braid on it.
Probably around 10lb max. It is matched with a 3-5 kilo overhead rod.
What is a good braid for casting.
I have some black fireline on a spin reel and it is giving me the shits.
It is springy and tangles.
It's hard enough mastering the art of casting the overhead reels without line problems. I have been looking at stren super braid. What is that like?
Any other brands anyone can recommend?

Thanks in advance



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Sat, 2008-11-01 09:12

i like platypus braid as it i Australian, and i have it on my Abu 5600.

otherwise, depending on $$, try Finns or bass hard(more expensive).

try for a "rounder" profile of braid if you are statring out; it layers better on spool and wont cut through your line on the spool as much nder drag. 

i've not used stren braid but use there low stretch mon and it's great

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As damo said, try a rounder

Sat, 2008-11-01 09:29

As damo said, try a rounder braid, and one thats more supple. Fireline is designed for spinning reels so if you dont like it on that it will be a nightmare on an overhead.

I dont like the platypus braid though. I wouldnt classify it as a round braid :p


TD sensor is pretty good, bass hard (as damo said) and theres another one thats light blue I forget the name of. Keep in mind, some have coatings and are thicker which some people prefer. Depending on the coating, some can be stiffer.



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agree hlokk

Sat, 2008-11-01 09:39

with platypus; it is not truely a round braid, but i manage it well but have used baitcasters for years and years. i like it but if u are new to casting baitcasters then maybe try a rounder braid. i have used fireline but once again i have been casting for years and know the drill

if you are new to casting baitcaster then try finns as you get a lot of line for the money, then upgrade to something more...

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Sat, 2008-11-01 10:09

I have been using braid for a while now on my larger spin reels and overhead bottom bouncing/trolling reels. I use frog braid on them and it's great. I have been using smaller overheads for years but always with mono. I can cast pretty good with them once i work out the spool speed and remember to keep me thumb on the line. I am hooked on braid now and only have the sml overhead left to get braid on.

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fins is a good light braid,

Sat, 2008-11-01 13:54

fins is a good light braid, pretty cheap too

stren isnt bad either

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My pick!

Sat, 2008-11-01 14:02

Finns/Grandslam/Stren are good braids that i use in that line class!


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check out the new 'camo'

Sat, 2008-11-01 15:16

check out the new 'camo' braid from spiderwire. Ive got it on my Luvias and its some of the sweetest and cheapest braid ive used yet. Great line that ill be using alot more of in the future. I think the tackle shack has it in stock and ryan proberly does as well.

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Power Pro

Sat, 2008-11-01 15:35

Got it in 10 lb size on a Calcutta 200 and is excellent, while my Abu 5600 has 15 lb Sufix Performance on it and that's really good as well. Both of these are "rounder"...used to have Fireline on the Abu and it kept digging into itself and stuffing up my casting.

I also use Sufix Performance on my salmon casting gear (30 lb/Calcutta 400 and Slammer 560) as well as on my two driftbaiting outfits (older Penn overheads) and it's sensational for both types of fishing.

Have 5 lb Power Pro on my little 1500 size eggbeater and it's a bit ordinary...maybe Fireline suits spinning reels better?

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good old spiderwire

Sat, 2008-11-01 16:32

good old spiderwire

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Nitlon PE braid has been

Sun, 2008-11-02 21:55

Nitlon PE braid has been awesome to use in my experience. I'm using 4lb on my little Penn Affinity 1000, 10lb on my Okuma Fina FE30, 15lb on my Abu 6000 and 40lb on my Saltiga 30T.

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Mon, 2008-11-03 14:34

Thanks for your info fellas.
I think i will go with Grandslam or fins.

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Mon, 2008-11-03 17:05

Any YGK braid will suit your needs , one of the best ( if not the best) braids around.



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Best braid i have used so

Mon, 2008-11-03 19:36

Best braid i have used so far is Platil, i rate it above bionic and it is fairly cheap. EXCELLENT knot strength usually the hooks pull before the braid breaks (mind you i do use bimini to 60lb trace). 


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