Which TUF-Line Braid?
Choosing which TUF-Line braid is right for you is only a matter of understanding the properties of each. Follow these suggestions and you'll find that braided line has many advantages when used correctly.
- Hevi-Core Braid - This line uses a novel engineering concept that incorporates the dual-density scientific properties to deliver a unique set of attributes. A solid, dense fluorocarbon core is covered with a braided spectra. This design enables the line to sink in way that is not typically found in the inherently buoyant braided lines. This would be a good choice for any subsurface lure that you wish to keep down in the strike zone - freshwater or saltwater.
- XP Braid - Your go-to braid for any situation that calls for it. Some anglers utilize braided line for species of fish that do not rely heavily upon their sight to feed instead using scent as their main sense - species such as sturgeon, catfish and other scent feeders come to mind. Additionally, XP braid is great for punching and flipping for bass, swimbaits for big musky or simply as reel backing. Many saltwater anglers use XP braid as their main line and attach a heavy fluorocarbon leader for stealth.
- SuperCast Braid - This braided line is a must have for anglers who prefer a main braided line with a fluorocarbon leader. SuperCast, as the name suggests, casts incredibly well - free flowing from the reel like your monofilaments. This feature is realized through a special post-production coating process. We really like this line when using spinning gear - either freshwater bass fishing or saltwater inshore among many, many other uses.
Using TUF-Line Braided Line
Tuf-Line braided superlines add superior strength, sensitivity and handling to every fishing application. Their superior engineering offers a wide selection of lines to suit your needs. For the new user, there are distinct differences between Tuf-Line and traditional monofilament lines you may be used to. We offer these tips as a guide to experiencing the best Tuf-Lines have to offer.
Choosing line by diameter, not breaking strength:
Tuf-Line offers an incredible strength and diameter advantage over monofilament lines. When choosing a Tuf-Line to replace a monofilament line, it's usually best to choose a Tuf-Line with comparative diameter to the monofilament. This might mean replacing 12-pound monofilament with 50-pound Tuf-Line. The benefit to this approach is maintaining similar handling characteristics to what's currently comfortable. Sure, that's incredibly strong, and yes, your days of breaking off fish and lures may be over. The area where this is not the case is in applications like offshore fisheries, where you may use a comparative strength Tuf-Line to the monofilament you've previously used in order to gain substantial line capacity on your reel. Another area might be one in which Tuf-Lines diameter advantage is used to dramatically increase casting distance, as in bank or surf fishing.
Spool the line tight
Unlike monofilament, Tuf-Line has very limited stretch, a hard exterior and very little memory. Tuf-Line does not grip a reel spool like monfilaments do. The solution to any problems is found in how the line is spooled. Prior to spooling up with Tuf-Line, put a wrap of electrical tape on the empty spool. This gives the line something to bite into. Another option is to back the line with a few turns of Dacron or monofilament, which achieves the same result of preventing slippage. Wind the line on tightly and under steady pressure. Packing the reel well will eliminate any opportunity for the line to dig into the spool. If done properly the first time, you'll experience years of trouble-free use.
Set reel drags properly:
If running Tuf-Line straight to a lure, set your drag to no more than 30% of the line's breaking strength. If using a monofilament leader, recognize there is probably a drastic difference in the breaking strength of the Tuf-Line and a light monofilament leader, and set the drag to protect the leader.
Double knots perform better
Tuf-Line's aerospace fibers and coatings don't bite into one another when knotted. For this reason, poorly tied knots can slip under a load. For general applications, use of a Palomar knot will hold with exceptional strength. To incorporate a wide family of knots, tie them with a doubled length of Tuf-Line to add significant strength.
Watch for fraying
Tuf-Line does not break down in sunlight like monofilament. It is susceptible to nicks and abrasion. After continued use, watch for wear or fraying close to terminal gear. Remove a short length of the worn line an retie if necessary.
Use a Controlled Hook Set
All Tuf-Lines have considerably less stretch than monofilament lines. Therefore, a monster hook set is not necessary. Be firm and controlled. Tuf-Line hits nearly as hard at 100 feet as it does at 10.
Cut with Knife or Scissors
Tuf-Line is incredibly strong and very small diameter. DO NOT EVER attempt to break it with hands or cut through it with your teeth. You will lose, perhaps be wounded and maybe require some dental work. A good pair of scissors or a knife is all that's necessary. On another note, do not ever wind Tuf-Line line around fingers, hands or arms while fishing, attempting to land a fish, or freeing a snag. See reasons above. For freeing snags, place a couple wraps of line around your reel, point the rod straight at the snag and holding the reel frame, pull straight away.