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Why use a sinking braid?

by Yoshinori Mitani
Why use a sinking braid?

The use of braided lines on spinning reels with fluorocarbon leaders continues to grow in popularity. The advantages of this set up include:

  1. low stretch for better hook sets and sensitivity on long casts

  2. easier line management

  3. ability to have a bright colored mainline that is easier to see for better bite detection

  4. braided lines last much longer and can often be used effectively for over a year

What many anglers do not know is whether the braided lines they are using sink or float. Most braided lines have a specific gravity less than one which causes them to float.

The specific gravity of water is one, so any line with a specific gravity of less than one is going to float. Many anglers don’t know whether their line is floating or sinking. To learn more about the specific gravity of all line types, this article and this video demonstrates the characteristics of all line types. A braided line that sinks is a new feature. The sinking ability of braided lines used on spinning reels provides a number of advantages:

  1. Less slack or bow in your line on long casts

  2. Improved sensitivity

  3. Line that is less affected in windy conditions

  4. Quicker and improved hooking ratios

  5. Reduced amount of wind knots

Sunline D- Braid is a new type of braided line from Sunline has a specific gravity higher than one which allows it to sink. This new line is called D-Braid and the reasons why you should be using it are outlined in this article.

Less slack or bow in your line.

On long casts, floating lines will often stay where they land rather than follow more closely with the lure being retrieved. This could mean the line remains on the surface rather than the full length falling with the lure or it could mean the line is behind the retrieve of your lure causing a larger bow in your line.

Improved sensitivity

The sinking nature of the braid removes the bow in your line during a cast by keeping the line in the water at a retrieval pace similar to your lure. This improves the sensitivity and contact you have with your lure when retrieving it, since there is less bow in your line.

Line that is less impacted in windy conditions

Ever make a cast and watch your braided line make a large bow before it lands or lift your rod to make contact with your bait and notice a large bow in your line. The floating nature of most braids causes both of these things to happen. By using a sinking braid, both conditions are greatly reduced in windy situations.

Quicker and improved hooking ratios.

One of the key advantages of using braided line on spinning reels is the no stretch features that allow good hooksets. A large bow in your line before setting the hook takes away the advantage and can cause your hookset to have little penetration and reduced hook up ratios.

Reduced amount of wind knots.

You set the hook but miss the fish and your line flies back thru the air to your rod and creates a knot in itself that is difficult to remove. Wind knots take valuable time away from fishing and can lead to the full replacement of the line on your spinning reel. The light floating nature of soft braids causes these wind knots. By using a heavier braided line, it is not as likely to tangle into a wind knot taking away valuable time or ruining a whole spool of line.

If you are looking for a braided line to gain these advantages in your spinning reel use, try Sunline D-Braid. It provides all these great characteristics and comes in a bright pink color, so it can easily be seen.

Here MLF Pro Brett Hite talk about Sunline and D-Braid on this episode of Bass Talk Live starting at the 1:12:35 mark.

If you are looking to improve your spinning rod game, check out Sunline D-Braid.