Fireline Original. You can clearly lazy weave and where the 3 carriers have separated.
Fireline Braid. Move densely woven and cylindrical.
Yup. I love the original Tracer braid. 40lb pound breaks at close to 70 with a bimini. And is tough as nails. Spent years and miles of that line pulling 30lb plus fish out of demolished bridge rubble in current using 40-80lb.Hogsticker2 wrote:Fireline does have a braid. The original I use to use back in the day is indeed a fused line.ScoobyDoo wrote:LowRange wrote:A highly cylindrical (round) braid will be less likely to dig in than one that is not. I'd recommend staying away from 4 carrier braids in the #30 test and opt for a quality 8 carrier braid, of which there are many to choose from. I use Sufix 832 and Daiwa J-Braid and have no dig-in related complaints.
It's actually a terrible 4 carrier braid. I believe the fused nature of the line is the fusing of the fibers within each carrier. The finished product is a 4 carrier braid with a horrible low density per inch weave that allows the line to be very malleable and commonly unwinds over time producing a line with 4 stands laying side by side. I fished the stuff for years before I discovered better braids. I always thought the durability of the fused strands was very good and it is unfortunate they were not able to weave it into a more densely woven product.Hogsticker2 wrote:The absolute worst I've ever used was Fireline. Of course that's a fused line.
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Fireline is a braid?????? I must have gotten a few thousand yards of a limited edition non woven version
To this day I never found a more durable braid.
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I dont know how many carriers it has, or if it is tightly interwoven by the delicate fingers of an endangered species of monkeys, from the Amazonian rain forest.
It works, it's cheap, and low maintenance. Check out the reviews on this stuff.
This. And very tight on anything below 20lb.ScoobyDoo wrote:I never had a problem with dig ins.
From 5oz bfs setups to 20+oz reels throwing rigs well over 100 yards
It all comes down to spooling tight initially....
Snags also need to be dislodged pulling with your hand in front of the reel as opposed to using the reel to pull out a snag. I cringe every time I see a guy trying to use rod and reel to pull big trebles from a stump.
I used to use Power Pro, but it dug in all the time.
I get much less digging in with Stren.
I think they call it Sonic Braid now. To me, it's just Super Braid with a different label.
I don't know about the new tracer braid.Prancing Pony wrote:Berkley Trilene braid, anyone? Its radial construction looks fascinating
But the old Fireline tracer braid (pre suffix 832) was tough as nails.
I still have some left and it's leaps and bounds more durable than current 832 and every single other braid out there.
Other than that it knots well and does everyhting else middle of the road.
Either way, you did something right. You have to fish gnarly stuff to get bit, and having a good fish pull drag is why we all fish.
Since you didn't break off, just be grateful that your line got tested.