Braided fishing line is made out of synthetic fibers that are woven—or braided—together. The result is a low-stretch, high-power fishing line. It’s tough, making it ideal for pulling fish quickly out of high cover environments. But braid also excels in other scenarios. It has a smaller diameter than mono and fluorocarbon for its strength, which means that you can spool more of it, and cast it farther than other lines. Braid’s drawbacks are low abrasion and shock resistance, and it can be more visible than mono in clear water. But some braids are perfect for certain fishing applications. Here’s a guide.

Smoothest Casting

It’s versatile, casts well, and greatly reduces the time between the strike and hook set. KastKing

One of the advantages of braided fishing line is a lack of memory, which is when your monofilament line retains the curled shape that it takes on when it’s spooled. Because braid lacks memory, it greatly reduces the chance of getting wind knots and bird nests.

Choice for Tough Cover

Its composition makes for very high abrasion resistance. Power Pro

One of braid’s defining features is its lack of stretch. This means that there is little lag time between when your lure or bait is hit and when you feel the strike, so you can set the hook very quickly. It also cuts through vegetation, so you can pull a big fish quickly out of heavy weeds where it otherwise might get hung up. But beware: the lack of stretch puts more pressure on your reel and knots when fighting big fish. Tie good knots and make sure your drag is set correctly.

Low Visibility

It’s available in various colors, so you can match the line to your water type. Spiderwire

Compared to mono and fluorocarbon, braid is the highest visibility type of fishing line. That means that it’s not a good choice for super-clear water and around spooky fish. Manufacturers work around this drawback by producing different colors of braided line. Look for braid that will most closely match the color of the water where you fish.