braided line works well on large rivers where long casts are the norm. It also is a great product where heavy line is used. You can down size your reel from something that holds 200 yards of 40 mono to a smaller reel and still fit 200 yards of 50,65 or 80lb braid on it. Makes for a more comfortable fishing day. Braid excels when fishing chinooks in rivers like the Skeena and Bella Coola.
You can use yellow Fireline (even though it's really green) when fishing coho's. If you are worried about the bright color putting the fish down, just color the first 5 to 10 feet of it with a permanent black felt marker. If you have 20lb braid and a lighter 9' casting rod, it makes a great spoon/spinner casting combo.
You can always use braided and tie on a mono-leader. The issue is visibility. When the bite is on I don't see much of a difference using briaded with a mono leader. Braided knots are a witch with a capital B. Trick is not to use to thin of a diameter and don't throw into the wind where you get line twist. Briaded line can last a long time...and better yet you can reverse the line and get "new" line after a few years.
i've seen guys fish it on the thompson for steelies, way more line with 20lb braid than with 20lb mono, but thats why u get a 5" kingfisher. Braid works wonders when u need to detect light bites, i've used it to jig fish for coho and it works better than mono
When tying knots with braided line you need to use 6 or 7 more wraps than you would with mono and often need to double the line before starting the knot. Some knots don't work well with braided at all.
We teach when to use braided knots and how to tie them at bestfishingknots.com if anyone needs any help.
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