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.

Available here in the 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.

You can buy this line here in the UK.

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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.

You buy this line here in the UK.

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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.

Available here.

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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.

Available here in the UK (Ebay link).

Braid of the year 2018.

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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.

You can buy this fluorocarbon here in the UK.

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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.

Available here in the UK (Ebay link).

Leader material of the year 2018.

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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.

Available here in the UK (Ebay link).

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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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Gliss

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.

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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.

You can buy this braid here in the UK.

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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.

Available here in the UK (Ebay link).

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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.

You can buy this braid here in the 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.

You can buy this braid here in the UK.

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Varivas Avani Sea Bass Max Power Tracer braid

A bright green version of the ridiculously good Varivas Avani Sea Bass Max Power PE braid. Not cheap, but then the really good stuff never is. I absolutely love these Varivas 8-strand braids - they have never let me down and they are just a pleasure to lure fish with. Check my review here.

You can buy this braid here in the UK.

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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.

You can buy this braid here in the 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.