The Difference Between 4-Strand & 8-Strand Braided Line
What exactly is the difference between braided lines?
And is one superior over the other?
In this video, you’ll learn:
- Pros & cons of each braided line
- The biggest difference between 4-strand and 8-strand
- How braided line is made
- And more
Check it out below!
4-Strand Vs 8-Strand Braided Line [VIDEO]
Before we dive into the differences, let’s talk about how braided fishing line is made.
And don’t worry, we will not be giving a test or having a spelling bee when we’re done!
What Is Braided Fishing Line?
It’s gel spun ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene.
While that sounds complicated, the process for making is relatively simple.
A raw material (polyethylene) is melted down and extruded through a porous membrane.
Then that polyethylene is spun onto bobbins and these bobbins work in conjunction with one another to weave the strands together.
Think of a merry-go-round.
This process produces the raw product.
Two common trade name fibers commonly used are spectra and dyneema.
And there’s really not one that’s superior over the other because molecularly they are very similar.
What really separates them is how a company manipulates the raw product to create the final product that you use on the water.
The Difference Between 4-Strand & 8-Strand Braid
Companies like PowerPro and Daiwa create the line you use on the water with different resins, coatings, heat-treating processes, dyes, etc.
And those final components are what sets the lines apart from each other.
So what are the application differences?
While the diameters are the same when comparing a 10# PowerPro (4-strand) to a 10# J-Braid (8-strand), the 4-strand performs very differently.
The 4-strand PowerPro casts far, it’s strong and it’s very abrasion-resistant.
And the coarseness of the line helps it cut through grass or debris pretty easily.
A con of a coarse line is that it’s really audible.
You can hear a raspiness on the guides of your rod as you retrieve but this does not affect performance.
A pro is that it’s more economical because it’s made with less material.
Another con of 4-strand is it’s not as round and consistent as an 8-strand.
The increased number of fibers in the 8-strand makes it stronger.
And Daiwa J-Braid 8 Grand is made with the ‘super fiber’ IZANAS.
The molecular structure of this fiber is known for being 4 times more abrasion resistant than the traditional 4-strand fibers of PowerPro.
So this 8-strand is very round, consistent, smooth, abrasion-resistant, and super strong!
While PowerPro is a great braided line, Daiwa absolutely knocked it out of the park with this J-Braid 8 Grand!
You can get both braided lines from our shop here:
Have any questions about how braided line is made?
Or which one may be better for you?
Let me know down in the comments!
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