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Daiwa Morethan 12 (strand) Braid review - around £50 a spool. Ouch.

Let’s forget about the price for a second here and I’ll tell you what I think of Daiwa’s brand new 12 strand braid after a good amount of time fishing with it - this is one serious line that hasn’t given me even a murmur of a problem whilst I’ve been using it. This Daiwa Morethan 12 Braid casts like the proverbial dream, it’s very, very thin - to the point that I have cut my fingers several times when pulling line off my spinning reel to set my drag - it knots well, it fishes great, I love the bright green colour, and it feels more like a solid kind of mainline rather than a woven braid if that makes any sense. I can only find the one thing about this very special braid that I don’t really like………………….

That price of course. Now I’m not saying that a 12-strand braid like this is not worth the money, because it’s obviously a lot of technology wrapped up in a mainline that I am sure will in time filter down to cheaper braids, but yet again I must come back to 2016 and the very much sub-£20 8-strand braids that became available, and how the three that I have fished with so far have changed how much I am prepared to spend on a braid mainline for my lure fishing these days. Why? Because however good this new Daiwa Morethan 12 Braid is - and it’s very, very good - when I am out fishing I can’t actually find a meaningful difference between this braid and those other, somewhat cheaper ones. Better anglers I am sure can wax lyrical about the differences that I myself can’t find, but I’m only being honest here.

The problem I suppose is that the law of diminishing returns is coming into play here. You’ve got what I believe is some pretty new braid technology producing a mainline that is simply sublime to fish with, yet at the same time you’ve got something like Daiwa’s own, much cheaper J-Braid being sublime to fish with as well. Sure, I can fish with this roughly £50 spool of braid and convince myself over time that I am seeing benefits over the cheaper lines, but in reality I am not. Daiwa quotes this about this new 12-strand braid: “Developing the world’s first 12 ply braid and applying Daiwa’s UVF (Ultra Volume Fibre) and +Si Evo Silicone we have produced the ultimate high-density braid exhibiting supreme abrasion resistance and ultimate strength. With 72% improved abrasion resistance, 20% more strength, an 18% more slippery surface and 30% less line stretch compared to other 8 braid premium PE lines, our 12 braid is the ultimate in line technology. By reducing the diameter and creating an ultra smooth surface this allows 12 braid to produce less friction/resistance on the guides and spool rim allowing for longer smoother casting, less noise, minimal water penetration and incredible sensitivity. You will feel more connected to your rod and reel.” Sounds great if you ask me, but to be honest it makes feel even more inadequate that I am not massively aware of all these incredible gains (if indeed they really are anyway?) when I am out fishing with the line!

The simple fact is that some anglers will buy the most expensive tackle because they can and they want to, and who I am to say this is wrong? Sure as hell around £50 is a lot of dosh to spend on a 135m spool of mainline, but I drive a Berlingo (epic!) and working in fishing ain’t exactly going to make me rich, so what constitutes cheap and expensive is different for all of us. Daiwa UK were kind enough to supply me with a spool of this Morethan 12 Braid to play with, and I’ve been fishing with the 22lb/PE#1/0.12mm, but would I go out and buy this line with my own money? As I said earlier, I am sure that over time a braid like this will drop in price as something even newer comes along, but for the moment I am more than happy sticking with the sub-£20 8-strands whilst enjoying the fact that I have been lucky enough to fish with a high-end mainline like this very impressive Daiwa Morethan 12 Braid. A glimpse of the future of braid mainlines?