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Offline Tomtom

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Cheap Braid Break tests
« on: December 17, 2021, 11:12:04 PM »
Has anyone had any luck with theses el cheapo braid fishing lines they sell on Amazon. I want some backing for couple of my small TLD reels - in the past I have used Daiwa J braid 8 strand.

Anyways - I bought a spool of “Hercules” 4 strand 50lb (0.37mm) and have done quite a few “home”
Tests on it.

Pulling with a scale it breaks at about 22lbs - and usually not at the knot.

I have also tied it to 20lb mono and often the braid breaks before the mono…

So … I sent it back and ordered Spectra Extreme Braid 50lb 4 strand and am having very similar experiences.

My “line test” involves tying a loop with a Bimini twist to one end, putting it round and a door handle and doing the same to the other and pulling on a scale…

Is my test wrong or is it just crap line?

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Re: Cheap Braid Break tests
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2021, 06:32:46 AM »
Your test seems reasonable. I recall some of the big manufacturers having warnings about fake Chinese  versions kicking around. Hmmm I just loaded my downriggers with fairly cheap braid. I reckon I’d better test it!

Offline shepherd

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Re: Cheap Braid Break tests
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2022, 12:11:38 PM »
I use miles of that cheap chinese braid and have for years.  For light/ultralight tackle (less than 10lb test) I do buy the name-brand stuff, but for main lines on heavier rods and as backing for fly reels I have no complaints over several different brands of the cheap imports.  I do buy the "8-strand" varieties generally, worth the price upgrade I think.

Do I necessarily trust the stated breaking strength and diameter?  No probably not, but they work great for my use case at 20% of the cost of the name-brand equivalent.
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