Is modern braided line not limp, or did I just buy the wrong stuff? Or does it even matter?
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    Default Is modern braided line not limp, or did I just buy the wrong stuff? Or does it even matter?

    Folks:

    I just got done respooling my favorite spinning real with fresh line. I'm excited to see how this works, between switching to the high-viz yellow line and using a leader of fluorocarbon line. But as I was putting this braid on, it struck me that it doesn't feel as limp as I remember braid being. Back in the day, I recall the extreme limpness being one of the defining characteristics of braided line.

    The stuff I used is Spiderwire Stealth braid, in 40lb test (12lb test diameter). Honestly, it feels about as stiff to me, as 12lb mono would. Which may still be OK, but I wonder how it's going to affect the castability.

    Anyway, guess I'll find out next time I'm on the water, but if anybody can comment on whether this stuff has changed over the years, or my memory is just shot, it would be... .uh, what was I talking about?

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    I’m not familiar with Spiderwire but it should soften up over time.
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    What type of fishing are you doing? 40lb is heavy line!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebralips View Post
    What type of fishing are you doing? 40lb is heavy line!
    I call myself a bass fisherman, but in truth, most of the time I'll take whatever bites. Lately I've been fishing on New Hope Creek a lot, and all I've caught are warmouth, crappie, and perch.

    Yeah, 40# is heavy in absolute terms, but since it's braid, it's the diameter of 12# mono. It casts well and I have a better shot of getting a hung lure back. That said, I have just switched to using a fluorocarbon leader in case the line really does spook fish. Initial results seem promising.
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    The stiffness is from the, for lack of a better word, paint they put on the line. The material they make the braid out of won't dye so it has a type of paint on it. The longer you use it the whiter and softer it becomes. It also tends to weaken over time from fraying so when it gets white looking snip a bit off. Finally, the 5-strand braids are flat there are some 7 and 8 strand braids that are round and are limper but they cost a bit more. I like the 8 strand better personally. Pretty sure the spiderwire is a flat braid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bleedingblue View Post
    The stiffness is from the, for lack of a better word, paint they put on the line. The material they make the braid out of won't dye so it has a type of paint on it. The longer you use it the whiter and softer it becomes. It also tends to weaken over time from fraying so when it gets white looking snip a bit off. Finally, the 5-strand braids are flat there are some 7 and 8 strand braids that are round and are limper but they cost a bit more. I like the 8 strand better personally. Pretty sure the spiderwire is a flat braid.
    OK, that makes sense. The stuff I was using back in the day was un-colored so that's probably it.

    That said, I'm really liking this high-viz line so far, so I don't mind paying the cost of a small increase in stiffness. Especially if it softens up over time anyway.

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    "In the day" braided line was Dacron, and it was limp. Modern braids are made of spectra and are much smaller in diameter than Dacron, but are not soft. Modern braids fish 1,000 times as well as the old Dacron line. Because they have virtually no stretch, you can feel what your lure is doing, this means fewer misses & more fish in the boat. Also, because modern braids are much smaller in diameter than Dacron line your reel can hold much more line and the line has less resistance pulling through the water — allowing deep lures to go deeper.

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