Why Do You Use Braid?

Fishing Line, Hooks, Knots, and Weights
Why is braided line used for fishing? Is braid good for fishing? Not always! The reasons might surprise you. Watch to the end.

Keri: Whoa, you got one!  A good one too! Nice good one. Nice

Glenn: Right on the roof of the mouth.  Look at that fatty. Nice. Here you go.

So here's a question from a viewer in Kansas, and he says, "Glenn, why do you use braid?"

Well, let me first tell you, I think braid is a specialty line, so I don't use it on all my gear. It's not a universal line. So you'll only find it rigged up on some of my rigs, but not on all of them. I think fluorocarbon, copolymer, monofilament, all have their place, and I use them all for different situations, different techniques and types of fishing. Braid is no different in that regard.

So for, me when I use braid, I want to really exploit what it's really good for, its characteristics, and that is fishing in weeds and woody cover, especially thick, woody cover thick weeds such as, you know, hydrilla, milfoil, or fishing in submerged bushes and trees. Braid really shines in those areas. Notice I didn't say rocks. Braid is not good in rocks. Rocks can fray braid, and I've seen it even cut braid. Rock is like braid's kryptonite, so I won't fish it around rocks, but thick weed and woody cover.

So that usually translates into flipping, and pitching, or throwing frogs, or spinnerbaits, or buzz baits over the top of submerged weeds. Or if the weeds are all matted, then I'm throwing frogs and spoons right over the top of it, and pulling it, lure across it. Because when a fish sucks it up, you almost always dive right back in those weeds. And the braid is really good at cutting the weeds and pulling that bass out rather than getting wrapped up and tangled in it and then you're stuck. The bass could wedge and use that leverage to get himself free. So those are the instances where you'll see me using braid.