I guess in many ways it comes back to why use straight through in the first place but for a long time now I have looked at it from the other way around. “Do I need to be using braid in this situation?” There are certainly some situations where braid is indispensable. Like fishing plastics in most situations as the sheer stretch factor makes it hard to set a hook with light fluro. I usually break it down into one of two presentation types. A tight line presentation and a slack line presentation and “tight” is where fluro shines and braid is what is needed for “slack”. The biggest unknown for me is the idea that a fish can be “lined” which is originally a Trout term to describe when a fish was spooked by the anglers fly line. Do fish like Bream and Bass get spooked by seeing a brightly coloured braid come past them in the water? I’m nowhere near sure enough to give a definitive answer but I think I prefer to err on the side of caution as much as I can and in so, use fluro as much as I can.
But there is a problem. Once you start moving up the line classes, straight through starts to become a pain to use on spinning reels and eventually become baitcaster only territory. 2lb and 3lb are obviously fine as shown by just how many people are using it these days for Bream and I have tried up to 8lb straight through on spinning gear for bass in the past with some success but I think the problems may have been caused a lot by the line itself. Late last year however, I got a hold of a few samples from work that have turned me back towards what could be done with heavier straight through. One was called “ADES” and the other was “Brave” and both were finesse spinning fluros made for the Japanese market. Both were very good in the lighter weights but really, it has to be pretty crappy line to be a pain at 2lb and 3lb. What really got me berleyed up was the 4lb Brave I have been using for a good six months now. It started as an afterthought on a little used reel and was shifted to the starting team not long after. It did everything 3lb usually does only with a bit more confidence and a couple of weeks ago I went seeking more. Unfortunately there was only 2lb and 6lb left and I figured I liked the 4lb so much I might as well give the alb a go.
In all honesty I thought it would be a little unwieldy and at the upper limit for what is possible fishing with small Bream lures. Don’t get me wrong you’re not going to be casting SX40’s with the stuff but an Atomic Crank or CX35 is going to be fine and a Chubby will be a pleasure to fish with. I was amazed at how well it really worked and I think it’s going to become my go-to when fishing bridges and rock walls.
Good news is that Brave is going to make it to stores in Australia. It won’t be until Mid Year (July we’re told) so keep an eye on the DAIWA website for information as it is updated