Best Braided Fishing Lines of 2020

two spinning reels spooled with braid

Braid is more and more becoming the go to fishing line for anglers. The way it’s designed gives it some unique properties compared to monofilament or fluorocarbon lines. 

The most iconic of these is that braided line has no-stretch. This drastically improves sensitivity, allowing you to feel even the lighted touch of your lure. 

It’s also going to give you harder and faster hook sets. No stretch will help you horse those fish out from areas of heavy cover.

Braided fishing line also offers better castability when compared to other types. The lack of memory lets it travel through your rod guides with less friction and the smaller diameter improves its aerodynamics. 

The thinness of braid also lets you get more line on your spool. Great for long casts, fishing deep or if the fish is going to take you for a run.

Our Top Picks

Here are our top picks for the best braided fishing line of 2020.

#1 PowerPro Spectra Fibre (Best Overall)

#2 SpiderWire Stealth Superline (Runner Up)

#3 Sufix 832 Advanced Superline  (Best Abrasion Resistance)

#4 Daiwa J-Braid 8 (Best Castability)

#5 Berkley FireLine (Best for Spinning Rods)

#6 KastKing SuperPower (Best Value)

How to Compare Braided Fishing Line

Now braided line is great. But all braids aren’t created equally. 

Every single braided line out there is going to tell you there’s casts the farthest and has the most abrasion resistance. Don’t get all caught up in the sales pitch.

Here are a few of the important factors to look at and how they can affect the quality of a braided fishing line.

Carrier Count

As the name implies, braided fishing line consists of numerous strands woven together. These strands are usually made of a polymer called ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE). This material is usually sold under two commercial brands Dyneema and Spectra but they are essentially the same. The number of woven strands used to make the line is referred to as the carrier count.

The number of strands used to make the line is going to affect how your line performs. The most common carrier counts are four and eight.

Four-carrier uses fewer strands so they will be thicker compared to an eight-carrier of the same test. This thickness is going to give you that extra durability and better abrasion resistance.

The downside is that they aren’t going to give you as long a cast. Because four-carrier have fewer larger strands they are going to have a rougher surface. This is going to increase the friction of your line passing through your rod guides and reduce your casting distance. They also make a little more noise during the retrieve from rubbing against the guides.

Eight-carriers are going to be the opposite. They use a higher number of thinner strands. You can tell the difference between the two with the eight-carrier feeling much smoother. This will help the braid travel through those guides smoothly and get your lure out a further distance.

The price you pay for this casting distance is lower abrasion resistance. The strands are much thinner than the four-carrier lines. This means the individual strands are more susceptible to being cut when they come into contact with a rough surface.

Diameter

One of the appeals of braid is that they are already thin to begin with. But you are also going to find a range of diameters between different braided fishing lines.

There are two sides to the diameter discussion. The benefit of a smaller diameter is that it’s going to help with the line’s castability. Thinner lines are more aerodynamic and will experience less air resistance for a longer cast.

A similar principle takes place under the water. Smaller diameters are going to be less affected by currents for the same reason. Better suited for deeper water fishing.

A smaller diameter lets you get more line on your spool as well. So it’s something worth considering for fishing deep, longer casting or when the fish is expected to run.

Typically eight-carrier lines are going to have a smaller diameter compared to four-carrier.

The downside of thinner line is that they are usually going to be less abrasion resistant. Now this isn’t always going to be the case as it depends on other factors as well. But it’s something to pay attention to.

Coatings and Treatments

Coatings and treatments applied to the braided line can be a game changer when it comes to line performance.

Many braided line manufacturers have their own different proprietary processes for treating the line. They will improve different qualities on the line depending on the technology. 

There is quite a range of coatings and treatments available on the market. Some lines use a polymer coating on the line to reduce friction and improve castability. Others use heat treatment, causing the individual strands to fuse and provide enhanced durability.

Each treatment has to be evaluated separately for how it will improve the performance of the line.

#1 PowerPro Spectra Fibre (Best Overall)

PowerPro Spectra is a great all round performer when it comes to braided fishing line. It comes in a good range of test lines from 5-150 lb. It is a four-carrier line made from Spectra UHMW-PE which gives it good abrasion resistance.

The PowerPro also has a relatively small diameter for a four-carrier braid at 0.006 inch for their 10 lb test. Great for that extra castability and to get some extra line on the spool.

It also features a unique treatment called “Enhanced Body Technology” which essentially floods a resin through the structure. This improves the smoothness and body of the line.

PowerPro Spectra braid comes in at a good middle range price. It is also available in a range of colours including moss green, hi-vis yellow and vermillion red. So whether you like the high or low visibility lines there’s an option for you.

ProsCons
+ Great all round performer
+ Four-carrier for extra abrasion resistance
+ Smaller diameter for better castability
+ “Enhanced Body Technology” to improve body and smoothness
+ Both low and high visibility colours available
– Good at everything, but not the best at anything

#2 Spiderwire Stealth Superline (Runner up)

Another great all round performance braid is the SpiderWire Stealth Superline. It has a wide range of tests available from 6-250 lb. This line is a four-carrier made from Dyneema UHMW-PE to give some extra abrasion resistance.

The diameter of the line is about average for a braided line at 0.008 inch for 10 lb test. Slightly thicker than the PowerPro Spectra.

It makes up for this by applying a fluoropolymer coating on the outside of the line. This significantly reduces the friction and helps the line travel through the rods guides nice and smoothly. The downside is that this coating eventually wears and you start to lose its benefits.

SpiderWire Stealth Superline also comes in at a middle range price. It’s available in low visibility moss green or hi-vis yellow if you want the visibility above the water.

ProsCons
+ Great all round performer
+ Four-carrier for extra abrasion resistance
+ Fluoropolymer coating for smoother casting
+ Both low and high visibility colours available
+ Fluoropolymer coating eventually wears and can decrease castability
+ Good at everything, but not the best at anything

#3 Sufix 832 Advanced Superline (Best Abrasion Resistance)

Sufix 832 is made by Rapala and one of the more innovative braided lines available. It has a moderate range of tests available from 6-80 lb. Suffix 832 is an eight-carrier braid to give a smoother line with less friction to improve castability.

You might be wondering why we recommend an eight-carrier braid for best abrasion resistance. Good question! That’s because the braid is made from seven strands of UHMW-PE plus 1 GORE performance fibre. This gives it that extra backbone to help resist any abrasion you encounter in the water.

Suffix 832 has a slightly larger diameter compared to other eight-carrier lines with 0.008 inch for 10 lb test. This improves its abrasion resistance a little more but takes away from its castability.

It’s a great line but is in the higher end of the spectrum in terms of cost. It comes in a range of colours too for low or high visibility.

ProsCons
+ Eight carrier braid for better castability
+ Incorporates a stand of GORE material for enhanced abrasion resistance
+ Both high and low visibility colours available
– More expensive
– Larger diameter compared to other eight-carriers

#4 Daiwa J-Braid 8 (Best Castability)

The Daiwa J-Braid 8 is our recommendation for best castability. As you would expect for this category, it’s an eight carrier braid made from UHMW-PE. It also has a small diameter at 0.006 inch for 10 lb test further improving how well it casts.

It comes in a variety of low and high visibility colours for you to choose from. J-Braid 8 also has a multi-coloured option where the colour changes according to the length of line released from the spool. Great for fishing deep water to keep track of your depth.

It comes in a moderate range of tests as well from 6-80 lb. Daiwa J Braid 8 doesn’t have any special coatings or treatments – just that fine Japanese engineering.

ProsCons
+ Eight-carrier braid to reduce friction while casting
+ Small diameter to improve castability
+ Range of low and high visibility colours available as well as multi-coloured
– Thinner eight-carrier line make it less abrasion resistant

#5 Berkley Fireline (Best for Spinning Reels)

The Berkley FireLine is not like other conventional braided lines. It’s a four-carrier Dyneema braid that is thermally fused to give you that extra abrasion resistance. It’s smoother compared to other braids which is going to let it pass through the guides a little easier.

Another effect of the thermal treatment is that the Berkley FireLine is a little stiffer. It also holds a little memory compared to a typical braid. This isn’t always a bad thing and is often preferred for spinning reels. The FireLine is going to hold on the spool a little better during the cast and less likely to cause tangles. Berkley have actually optimised this line for spinning reels.

The FireLine comes with a smaller range of tests between 4-30 lb. It has an average diameter of 0.008 inch for 10 lb test and falls in the middle price range for braids. There are both high and low visibility options available as well as a clear form which will give it some transparency underwater.

ProsCons
+ Thermally fused four-carrier braid to enhance abrasion resistance
+ Stiffer line optimised for spinning reels
+ Range of high and low visibility colours available including clear option
– More memory compared to other braids
– Less suited for casting reels

#6 KastKing SuperPower (Best Value)

Braided fishing line is usually more expensive than standard monofilament. So if you’re looking for a cheaper option, the KastKing SuperPower might be a good choice. It comes in at a much lower price point compared to others while still giving you all the benefits of braid.

It is a four-carrier line made from UHMW-PE with a good test range of 6-150 lb. The KastKing SuperPower also has a surprisingly small diameter of 0.004 inch for 10 lb test to help improve castability. The downside is that it’s going to be a little less abrasion resistant.

The SuperPower also uses a proprietary treatment to improve its smoothness. Details about what exactly the treatment is are a little vague but will help the line travel through the lines with less friction.

It comes in a variety of colours including a multi-coloured version to help keep track of your lines depth.

ProsCons
+ Great value
+ Thinner diameter for good castability
+ Proprietary treatment to improve smoothness
– More friction as expected for a four-carrier line 
– Thinner diameter will reduce abrasion resistance