Braid vs. Mono Casting Distance Experiment [Both Light & Heavy Lures]

By: Luke Simonds on December 14, 2017

braid vs mono casting distance test

What do you think casts further…

Braid or mono?

And how much further does the winner cast?

Many anglers have asked about the difference between braid and mono in terms of casting, so I thought that I’d host an experiment to have an educated answer to that question.

Before performing this casting experiment, I had no idea how much further I could actually cast with braid compared to mono on my spin casting gear.

I could see that my casts increased once I finally switched over the braid, but I was not sure if the increase was 5%, 10%, 20% or perhaps even more.

[Update]

After seeing some great questions from the community, I performed an added experiment to cover the following two variables:

  1. Lighter lure (the first test was a 1/2 oz weight that was an absolute bullet)
  2. Wet lines (this Updated test was over the water so that the lines were both wet at all times)

Braid vs. Mono Casting Experiment

braid vs mono fishing line casting

My theory has always been that we should always try to use the lightest line that can handle our target species so that we can maximize our casting and retrieving performance.

So I put the focus strictly on the rated power of the lines since the power needed to catch a target fish is the driving force when deciding which power level of fishing line is needed.

Since I most often use 10 lb braid line when fishing for redfish, snook, trout, bass, etc., I decided to load a reel up with a 10 lb monofilament line to use for the test.

Here are the variables that are in this experiment:

  1. Line Power: Equal – both at 10 lbs
  2. Rod Lenght: Equal – both the exact same 7’6″ rods made by the same manufacturer with the same power rating
  3. Reels: Equal – both lines were on the same sized Shimano Stradic Ci4 reel
  4. Lures: Equal – both were 1/2 oz teardrop shaped weights so that wind-friction is minimized
  5. Casting Force – As equal as possible without a $$$$ machine
  6. Line Diameter: Not equal – but that’s ok because it is part of the reason why braid has an advantage

Note: I did 5 casts with each line for the first round before switching the weights and doing 5 more casts to make sure that the weights used were not impacting the results.

Click on the video below to see the full braid vs mono experiment:

Note: This first test analyzes the difference of braid vs. mono when casting a heavy/aerodynamic lure… the updated test below this first video shows the differences when casting a lighter lure.

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[Updated Experiment]

After seeing some great questions from the community, I performed another test to see how different the results would be if:

  1. The weight/lure was lighter (3/16th oz vs. 1/2 oz)
  2. The lines were wet

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Braid vs. Mono Casting Test Results

As expected, the braid enabled me to have longer casting distance relative to the same power line in mono.

But the surprise was that the difference was closer than I expected (just ~7%) for the heavier lures… my assumption was that the braid would get at least an extra 10% or more extra distance.

However, my theory was proven right in the 2nd test when I used a lighter weight to resemble a lighter lure (this test used a 3/16th oz weight to represent a lighter lure). In this updated test, the difference was a whopping 30% in favor of the braid.

Note: These results will vary depending on the exact lines that are being used as well as the amount of line that is loaded on the reel.

Also, the 2nd test was using a new spool of braid compared to the first test which had a used spool of braid.

Here are the lines I used in this test:

  • Braid – 10 lb PowerPro
  • Mono – 10 lb Berkley Trilene XL

For the lure, I used a weight so that it would represent the weight of a lure without having varying wind-drag differences that would alter the results.

The original test had a 1/2 oz weight, and the 2nd test had a 3/16th oz weight.

Conclusion

casting braid vs mono fishing line

Braid proved to be the better choice compared to traditional monofilament line in terms of casting distance for both experiments.

The first test with a heavier weight showed a 7% advantage to the braid.

And the updated test with wet lines that were both newly spooled showed a whopping 30% advantage for the braid.

Although the 7% doesn’t seem like a big deal at first glance, it still equates to an extra football field of water coverage every 43 casts.

And at the 30% advantage when using lighter lures, that’s an extra football field every 10 casts… WOW!

Given the statistical fact that more water covered = more fish caught, it’s essential for us to do all that we can in order to maximize our casting distance if we want to maximize our fish-catching results.

And it seems evident that those of us who do a lot of casting with spinning reels need to highly consider using braid so that we can maximize our results.

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Leave a comment below if you have any questions.

P.S. – Be sure to send this article to any of your fishing friends who are still using monofilament line on their spinning gear because it can get them an extra 7% longer casts by making just one simple switch.

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Mark Ciciulla
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I recently tried Ardent Gliss line as it was praised for its casting distance. I must say this line out casts everything I have used thus far. I don’t think it will hold up to abrasion very well. I plan on using a long top sot of mono to compensate for its thin diameter. I also don’t think it will last as long as braid. I think it will have to be changed out regularly to maintain its strength. This line is reasonably priced and only the top 150 yards probably need to changed to regularly. I gained probably about 20 yards of distance on my surf rod using Gliss. Having this advantage will come at a cost no doubt. It is still less expensive than using Flourocarbon leaders on all your rigs throughout the year. At least the actual distance of using Gliss can actually be seen.

Joseph Young
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Wonder how much difference it makes if you have 20 lb fluorocarbon leaders on them

Ira Cohen
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RE: “Casting Mastery Course” do you include bait casters in this course? I just bought an Abu-Garcia Silver Max loaded with 10 lb. stren, (my 1st casting reel in 50 yrs.) with a Field & Stream 6’9″ med. rod but can’t seem to get more than 15ft. ?

Ira Cohen
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what about throwing in some fluoro to compare to the other 2?

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Anonymous

As a long time rod builder the experiment that I would be interested in seeing would be how guide diameter effects casting distance with both types of line. Many rod manufacturers have been downsizing the diameter of their guides as part of an aesthetic trend. I have noticed that although this can in a few cases slightly increase casting distance w braid , it can really hinder the distance with mono or flouro on spinning rods. Casting rods are a completely different story as the line leaves the reel in a much straighter line. When I build spinning rods for guys that need to use mono, I run old school bigger guides and less of them. This seems to create less resistance as the funnel of line from the reel is tightened in smaller increments, allowing for the larger diameter, stiffness and memory of mono. Most of my experience with this is in lighter test lines with light weight rigs. (Line 6-15, lure .25 -1.5 oz) But, I have never actually built 2 identical blanks w different guides and done the same casting test w mono and braid.

Dave Fitch
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Luke,

I think the advantage in casting distance for Braid is coming from two factors ( on a Spinning Reel ) :

( 1 ) Line Diameter. ( Lower friction and less wind resistance )

( 2 ) Slower decrease in diameter of line on spool, due to Line Diameter.

Repeat the tests using a Braid that is the same diameter as the Mono ( use an “XL – type”Mono to reduce line memory ).

Tight Lines !

Dave F.

Joseph Sherer
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I can see how important distance is when you first start out but I find that the more accomplished you become the less important distance is and the more important accuracy is. I am strictly a fly fisherman and I can cast 60’ all day,however I am much more accurate @ 50’ and quite honestly I catch the vast majority of my fish from 30 to 40 feet away. I think that the stealthier you are and the more accurate you become is at least as important, and for me much more important than distance. Well, at least that’s my opinion from a fly fisherman’s point of view. I really do like the way you do your testing though. I think it’s very fair and well thought out. I love you guys and everything you have done with Salt Strong. Hugh fan and thank you all.

Thom Ray
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How about a casting test of bait caster vs spinning reel. Medium rods and same line

Charles Del Valle
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very interesting results. Thanks for your test. I’ve always thought braid has a better casting range and have power pro on most of my reels for all the mentioned reasons. Also have often wondered how much difference in casting range between 10 lb. and 20 lb. braid ???

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Less line twist is the icing on the cake. Hate that after a couple hours of hard fishing, I’ve got to relieve all the line twist off the spool.

Richard Fiorentino
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I think if you were casting wit less weight, the difference would have been greater

Tim May
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Do you think a wet test would change anything?

Willie Chance
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Could you test flourocarbon against mono? Thanks for doing tests like this – very helpful!

Craig
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Craig

This was with spin reels what of those that use overhead reels.

Larry BURKE
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Larry BURKE

some of the new low stretch nylons like suffix 21 are better than braid for casting. 13Lb for example is 0.25 mm while 17lb is 0.30mm which is the same diameter as normal 12 lb line. is super slippery and strong with very little stretch.

Roy Noblin
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interesting- i would have thought a much bigger difference in distance. yes you get much better feel with braid but could it also cause more loss due to mouth tear. i have gotten use to braid and yes you get wind knots but mono was bad about wrapping around rod tip. good report and i may reload one to see difference in mouth tear or does some one already know? also that was with heavy weight and i wonder how the difference would be with soft bait and popping cork. i thought i got a big difference when i changed.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Braid all day!!

Chad
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Chad

Casting distance is good, but there are other downsides to braid (ie – $$$, wind knots).