Braided Fishing Line Information (Facts) - Climax.
Since the emergence of the first braided fishing line, OCKERT dedicated itself to the advancement of this alternative to monofilament lines. Many years of cooperation with the most innovative raw material producers as well as the know-how about precise braiding processes are decisive for the success of our braided lines all over the world. The name CLIMAX stands for the highest quality “Made in Germany” lines for professional anglers and sport anglers all over the world.
Braided fishing line has been used by professional anglers and deep sea anglers and is manufactured from polyester fibre (Dacron). Dacron line absorbs water and can be dyed in any color shade. The specific weight of this fibre is higher than that of water, so this line can simply break through the water surface and sink. In the middle of the 90s, an alternative came on the market. It was a new kind of fibre with the name DYNEEMA or Spectra. The success of this polyethylene gel spun synthetic fibre was resounding. Thought of as a miracle line with gigantic breaking strain, it amazed anglers all over the world.
Since then, many anglers had to collect their own experiences with fish sliding on the hook and broken rods due to low line elasticity and the extremely high breaking strain of these braided lines.
Braided does not always mean braided properly
In comparison to monofilament fishing line, braided fishing line is made of many strands, which are in turn spun from razor-thin synthetic fibres. A flexible, extremely durable fishing line with 2 to 3% elongation is formed through tight braiding. CLIMAX-lines are pre-stretched and sealed against abrasion and dirt infiltration in the line shaft via a special thermo-treatment after the braiding process. The quality of a braid is dependant upon high-quality basic material, the number of strands, which would be braided together, braiding precision as well as the subsequent finishing.
Oval or round
The profile of the line, i.e. oval or round is dependant upon the number of strands, with which the line is braided. A braid with 3 strands (the minimum amount) will always remain relatively flat, even when they are braided very tightly. The line becomes compacter and “rounder” with an increase in the number of strands. The complex production, in comparison to that of monofilament, takes a multitude of time and the quality difference of basic materials result in a price difference between monofilament fishing line and braided fishing line. Economical braided line is normally made with fewer strands and looser braiding. Thus, they are not as round. That is not necessarily a disadvantage, since they are more flexible and have a higher breaking strain than the extremely tight braided lines.
The material DYNEEMA
High-strength polyethylene-fibre from the Dutch chemical company DSM has a 15 times higher tensile strength than the same weight of steel. Having a density of 0.95 to 0.97 g/cm3, it is lighter than water and floats fantastically, even after being used for longer fishing periods. The fibres are very durable, lasts a long time and are highly resistant to abrasion. It does not absorb moisture and is resistant to UV rays as well as chemicals – the ideal material for a professional fishing line.
Floating, Intermediate, Fast Sinking, Super fast SinkingThanks to the combination of different types of fibre in a braid, it is possible to create line with individual attributes and abilities. The incorporation of lighter or heavier fibres to the DYNEEMA braid or even the insertion of a lead core generates diverse new line characters such as high-floating, which is ideal for spinning and match fishing, sinking lines used for bottom fishing or extremely heavy weighted lines the perfect leader for enthusiastic carp anglers.
Diameter – a subjective specification
Many anglers are insecure when they – like how they are accustomed with monofilament – measure the diameter of braided line or they estimate according to feeling. Since a braided line body, even with exact braiding and special stretching, deforms when measuring with a micrometer and a laser measurement is not applicable due to the lines “non-rounded” body as well, it does not really have a diameter to declare. Therefore, only a calculated measurement is possible. For this reason you should buy your braided line according to breaking strain and not by a diameter specification that cannot be proven.
Advantages of braided fishing line
Braided lines with only 2 to 3% elasticity are ideal for fishing at far distances. The direct bait contact immediately signals a bite and setting the hook is lightening fast. Even with spinning and trolling, direct bait contact has an advantage, since bottom contact can be felt immediately and a lot of tangles can be prevented.
Highest breaking strain:
Since the breaking strain is considerably higher than that of a comparable diameter of a monofilament, high-capacity trolling or big-game reels are not necessary for catching big fish. Thanks to the lower line diameter, the line capacity of a spinning reel is more than enough. However, they should be matched to the high requirements of braided line. They should be spooling well-crossed layers. Casing, gearing mechanism and spool body should also correspond to each other. Even the rod has to be able to withstand force caused by a braided line.
Braided lines are missing the irritating memory effect often found with monofilament fishing line. The line cleanly lies on the reel and when casted, flows like silk from the reel without crinkling – ideal conditions for long, relaxing casts.
High knot strength:Not all fishing knots, which work well with monofilament fishing line, are suitable for braided lines. Due to the softer line body, many knots loosen under load. Even braided lines can maintain up to 100% bearing force with the ”Grinner”- double looped ”Clinch knot” (swivelled 7 times) as well as the Bimini-Twist-Knot.
Color quality:In comparison to monofilament fishing lines, with which the color can already be mixed in the basic material, braided lines are dyed after the braiding procedure. Naturally, the color washes out after being used for a while, which does not prevent catching fish successfully.
Thanks to the outstanding quality of the premium DYNEEMA fibre with its abrasion resistance, low moisture absorption, UV- and chemical resistance, a “Braided” fishing line has a much longer life-time than any monofilament which justifies the higher price a bit.
Line care:It is recommended to wash the line in fresh water after long exposure especially to salt water. After drying, you should treat your braid with our CLIMAX line care agents. It returns the original suppleness and floating nature to the line without greasing. It seals and lengthens the life-time of your line.
CLIMAX SOFT refines the line from even microscopic dirt and chemicals.
CLIMAX SOFT PROTECTOR covers the line with a thin non oily protective film.
Attention: Check the first 20 meters of line for damage after longer use. If single strands are broken, or roughness are found on the line, cut these parts off and renew line assembly. After fishing season, store the line in a dry place. The line will have a longer life-time, if it is taken care of in this manner.