If you are not using braided lines for fishing today, you should start now. Since the advent of braided lines in the early 90’s, anglers all over the world began to have more success in casting and landing fish due to its thin diameter and amazing strength to diameter ratio. Back in the day when manufacturing of these braided lines was still being improved, some problems like durability, castability and knot strength were prevalent.
Today, due to modern manufacturing methods and decades of trial and error, braided line fishing companies have nearly perfected the process of making the ultimate fishing line. Anglers will only have to choose from their favorite brands the specific breaking strength, diameter and colors.
Braided lines, from its namesake are made by braiding multiple fibers and making a super strong fishing line. These days, fishing line manufacturers are increasingly using the PE rating which originated from the Japanese numbering system they used to measure the diameter of silk thread since forever.
The PE rating is a measure of the lines’ diameter, not it’s breaking strain, so keep that in mind. Different brands have different diameters vs their breaking strains due to the quality of fibers, number of strands used to braid, and the manufacturing or braiding process each company uses.
To those uninitiated, don’t fret. Most line manufacturers provide the PE rating and the breaking strain on the labels for our perusal. Have a look at our table below showing the different PE ratings averaged to make a modern standard PE rating.
Below is a guide that lists the diameter (in millimetres) of each PE rating.
|Test||8 lb||12 lb||15 lb||20 lb||30 lb||40 lb||50 lb||60 lb||80 lb||100 lb|
|Diameter in mm||0.115||0.128||0.163||0.225||0.299||0.317||0.332||0.422||0.48||0.545|
|Actual Average Break||14.2 lb||20.6 lb||23.7 lb||34.7 lb||49.0 lb||59.2 lb||78.5 lb||91.6 lb||116.2 lb||138.2 lb|
|Number of Strands||6||8||6||8||8||8||8||8||8||8|