Henry Gilbey
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Fishing lines

FISHING LINES

Braid mainlines and fluorocarbon/mono leaders.


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Sufix X8 braid

Phew! This new Sufix X8 8-strand replaces their awesome Performance Pro 8, so it’s got a lot to live up to - which it does, and big time as well. Sufix X8 is an outstanding mainline at a brilliant price (well under £20 for a 150m spool). See my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk

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Sufix 131 G-Core braid

A 13-strand, high-end braid that to be honest has blown me away with how good it is. This new Sufix 131 G-Core braid is something very special, and whilst their far cheaper X8 is also one hell of a mainline that will quite happily do all my bass fishing, I can’t ignore how much I like this stuff. See my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order, Lurefishingforbass.co.uk

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Sufix 832 braid

I can’t believe this Sufix 832 8-strand braid flew under my radar for as long as it did because it’s an awesome line. Go for the European specs (diameter and breaking strain) and you will see how this is one seriously thin, tough, easy to cast and fish with braid that deserves to be known about far more in lure fishing circles. See my review of this line here and my updated 2017 review of Sufix 832 here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk, Veals Mail Order

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Varivas Avani Sea Bass Super Sensitive Full Cast LS8 braid

Not cheap, but this Varivas Avani Sea Bass Super Sensitive Full Cast LS8 braid is something else. I love Varivas lines, and this stunning braid feels as good as it was on day one. It holds its colour really well and everything about it gives me so much confidence. Review to come.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order

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SpiderWire Stealth Smooth 8 braid

Another sub-£20 8-strand braid that to me is just about perfect as far as a braid mainline goes for the sort of lure fishing I tend to do here and in Ireland. I can’t recall having fished with any SpiderWire braids in the past, but this new SpiderWire Stealth Smooth 8 braid is sublime. See my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order

Braid of the year 2018.

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Shimano Pitbull 8 braid

This 8-strand braid is utterly gorgeous! Shimano Pitbull 8 is about as smooth as I reckon a braid can get and I would quite happily fish with this stuff all the time. Another truly outstanding mainline. See my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): JDMFishingTackle

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Varivas Hard Top fluorocarbon

What’s not to like? There’s nothing I don’t like about this Varivas Hard Top fluorocarbon as a leader material for my lure fishing, and the fact that it’s not very expensive and comes on 80m spools suits me down to the ground. Seems to be very abrasion resistant.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order

Leader material of the year 2018.

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Savage Gear 100% Soft Fluorocarbon

If a leader works well for guiding then you know it’s good, and this Savage Gear 100% Soft Fluorocarbon works a treat. If I had my way then all spools of leader material would be made like this, as in it’s so easy to pull some line off and then it just stays in place when you cut off what you need. Another really good fluorocarbon leader.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Ebay

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Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon

What’s not to like? I have heard numerous anglers raving about this Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon leader for a while now, so I had to give it a decent go - and it works brilliantly. I know Berkley lines from my bait days, and this fluoro leader just works.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order

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Berkley Trilene Big Game Fluorocarbon

I have been using the 30lb/0.56mm version of this Berkley Trilene Big Game Fluorocarbon, and whilst it’s not a particularly thin leader, it’s incredibly robust, great value for money on 100m spools which I think is very useful, and I really like it for my surf fishing especially.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order

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Sufix Super 21 FC fluorocarbon

What’s not to like? Whilst this Sufix Super 21 FC may technically be a “castable fluorocarbon”, it also happens to work perfectly as leader material - and I absolutely love how you can buy it in 150m spools which don’t cost very much at all. By all means feel free to spend a whole heap more on the “pure” fluorocarbons, but as far as I can work out, the fish we are likely to connect with couldn’t give a stuff - so I’m using this Sufix Super 21 FC, saving money, and I’m loving it. See my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order, Lurefishingforbass.co.uk.

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Varivas Avani Sea Bass Max Power PE braid

This stuff has never, ever let me down and I trust it implicitly. I use the 20lb breaking strain which has now been relabelled as “Max 28.6lb – Average 24.8lb”. Thin, strong, casts like a dream – simple, but it is not cheap stuff.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order

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Sufix Performance Pro 8 braid (discontinued, grab it while you can)

Sufix Performance Pro 8 braid is very much like one of those very high end Japanese 8-strand braids that some of us so love to fish with, except that the price of it is more in line with the incredible value for money Daiwa J-Braid. A silky smooth and very thin 8-strand braid from a line company that I trust big time, Sufix Performance Pro 8 braid does it for me in a big way. See my preview here and my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk

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Daiwa J-Braid

What’s not to like? A silky smooth 8-strand braid that is as cheap as a regular 4-strand, the aggressively priced Daiwa J-Braid is the real deal. A good range of colours, breaking strains and spool sizes, this Daiwa J-Braid is a bit of a game-changer. See my preview here and my review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order

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Duel Hardcore X8 braid

This Duel Hardcore X8 is some serious stuff. I love those limp and silky feeling 8-strands, and this stuff is very, very good. See my review here.

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Gosen X8 braid

Another high quality, smooth as you like 8-strand braid that you simply can’t go wrong with if you choose to fish with this stuff. This Gosen X8 braid is more expensive than say the Daiwa J-Braid and I can’t tell you that you’re getting a heap more performance by spending more money, but it’s a stunning (pink) braid that has performed flawlessly for me. Check out my review here.

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PowerPro braid

Tough as hell, very dependable, fishes great, pretty cheap and it just plain works. OK, so it’s not as “smooth” to use as a high-end 8-strand Japanese braid, but PowerPro is much cheaper and there is a strong argument that it’s somewhat better as regards abrasion resistance – yes, it’s a fantastic line for wrassing with soft plastics.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Veals Mail Order

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Sunline Super PE8 braid

I love the colour of this new Sunline Super PE8 8-strand braid, and I simply can’t fault the way it casts and fishes. A good range of breaking strains on 150m spools, and I am left asking myself what’s not to like about this braid? See my review here.

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Toray Sea Bass Power Game PE braid

This Toray braid casts like a dream, it’s very strong if you tie decent knots to your leader, and I just really like it. Not cheap, but then the high-end 8-strands just never are - look after a line like this and it will you for ages though, and I tend to reverse the braid after a while to get at all the unused stuff sitting on the reel. Review here.

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YGK G-Soul WX8 braid

This YGK 8-strand is up there with the Varivas stuff, and if you know highly I rate and trust the Varivas 8-strand then you will realise how awesome I am thinking this YGK stuff is. Nope, these lines are not cheap, but you get what you pay for and they are simply incredible to lure fish with. Review here.

Affiliate links (my sincere thanks if you choose to buy via these): Lurefishingforbass.co.uk

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YGK Nitlon DFC fluorocarbon

Easy to tie, it causes me no problems, and I really like how this YGK Nitlon DFC fluoro comes on a 100m spool and costs very little when compared to a lot of other fluorocarbon leaders. Just a very, very good fluoro, but then YGK are known for making very serious lines.

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Gliss - do not buy this stuff

Sounds so good on paper, but sadly it’s one of the worst fishing lines I have ever had the pleasure? of using. I have read numerous glowing reports of Gliss, so I am going to have to assume that these anglers have never used it in saltwater. My advice? Don’t! Look at the photograph - this is Gliss after only a few sessions of saltwater use. Check out my first blog post on Gliss here, and then my second one here.