Hello fishos

Im after some advise as to what braid to get for a couple of overhead and spin reels.

something good quality that’s not wirey or stiff. Any suggestions or recommendations?




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 What are you going to be

Wed, 2018-06-06 21:47

 What are you going to be using it for mainly?

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 jigging or bottom fishing:

Wed, 2018-06-06 22:18

 jigging or bottom fishing: jerry brown, tasline. 

Casting: ygk w8,varivas. 

Light jigging: suffix 832 

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 think if you can, go the

Thu, 2018-06-07 08:10

 think if you can, go the tasline ....I get mine from busted fishing.  nothing else comes close in quality vs $

and for jigging its the only stuff I use.  

If just bottom bashing I use J braid. 


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I'm with D_d_001

Thu, 2018-06-07 08:22

 tasline is superb, best price seems to be from Busted Fishing. I personally prefer a depth-marked colour change line like J-Braid for jigging, but  only because of the depth marking. 

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Thu, 2018-06-07 18:30

 ill be using it for bottom bouncing and casting

is it easy to put on yourself?



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 If putting it on yourself

Fri, 2018-06-08 08:48

 If putting it on yourself there are a couple of things to consider.


1) Use tension when putting it on.  
I use an old reel in a vice, with the tension set to medium-ish.  The line comes off the new spool, around the reel a couple of times, then back to the reel I'm filling up.  This seems to work pretty well.


2) Backing.  It's a good idea to use a bit of mono backing to stop the whole lot of braid from spinning on the reel.  I've seen this happen before.  Not a good idea if you've got a fish on!


3) Filling up the reel.  Ideally when filling up your reel, you want the new braid to run out a couple of mm before it overflows the reel.  So how much backing do you put on?  If you have a very large spool of braid then there's no issue, but most of the time for me I only have 150m or 300m of new braid.  To calculate this, I firstly calculate the volume of braid on the spool, then work backwards from that with the dimensions of the reel, to figure out how thick that volume is when it's spread around the reel.  This gives me the point at which to stop winding backing on.

The calculator I use is here:

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An alternative way, that is

Fri, 2018-06-08 09:52

An alternative way, that is more accurate but takes longer, is to wind the braid onto your reel first without any backing. Then once the braid runs out finish filling the reel with the backing on top until the reel is full. Then wind the whole lot back off the reel onto a spare spool so the backing is on the bottom, then wind it onto a second spare spool to reverse it around so that the backing ends up on the top, then wind it back onto the reel so that the backing goes on first and the braid ends up on top. It's more of a hassle, but you end up with the braid at the perfect level for the reel.


I have also used braid without any backing, by tying the braid around the spool, then putting a layer of electrical tape over the top, then winding the rest of the braid on top of the tape. That holds it in place and stops it slipping on the spool.

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Sun, 2018-06-10 09:45

 Yep, that’s how I do it too.


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i have used all types of braid

Sun, 2018-06-10 10:21

 and the best braid that lasts the longest is by far tasline


i took two  reels one spooled with tasline the other with varivas on a trip up north recently within 3 weeks the varivas was fraying and looked very rough the tasline 4 months later is still going strong 


for bottom bashing and  trolling etc daiwa j braid is a great braid that is cheap and will last a long time.


busted fishing also sell line spoolers which make it very easy to spool up your reel with the right amount of tension.


good luck