Understanding Fishing Lines

How Much to Spool & What Lines to Use

How Much Line each Reel can take

Line Strength


Sienna 1000

Sienna 2000

Sienna 3000

Sienna 4000

Kairiki 4 Strand

30lbs (6.8kg)






Kairiki 8 Strand

8lbs (3.6kg)






Kairiki 8 Strand

15lbs (6.8kg)






Kairiki 8 Strand

30lbs (13.6kg)


As seen from the table, each line has its best match with different reels, highlighted in Bold above. To have a clearer view, here is a summary. 

Kairiki 4 Strand (30lbs) is matched best with Sienna 3000 & 4000,

Kairiki 8 Strand (8lbs) is matched best with Sienna 1000,

Kairiki 8 Strad (15lbs) is matched best with Sienna 2000.

**Most of the numbers are rough estimations as it is quite determined on the person spooling too.


Is 4 strand braids stronger than 8-strand?

                   4 strand braids

                8 strand braids


-        Bottomfishing

-        Casts far

-        Strong and very abrasion-resistant

-        Coarse line cut through grass/debris easily


-        Casts better

-        4 times more abrasion resistant than 4-strand fibres

-        Round and consistent

-        Smooth

-        Super strong and abrasion-resistant


-        Coarse line = audible


Not all braided lines are produced the same, and better suppliers target their offerings to match specific applications. For inshore applications, such as fishing with jerkbaits or topwater or soft-plastic fishing with fluorocarbon leader, an eight-strand works better.

Braid is incredibly sensitive and has virtually no stretch, which makes it ideal for fishing small lures in even windy conditions. 10lb to 15 lb braid has an incredibly thin diameter, which makes it perfect for finesse tactics.

What strength braid should I use? 

Consider braided line of 30-pound test or more if you go after large game fish. A rule of thumb is to fish with the lightest gear possible so you don't tire and have more fun. In competition when test is specified, anglers must use light line to land heavy fish.

What does PE stand for in braid? 

PE, known fully as Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE), is part of the basic construction of a braided line that is braided together in either 4, 8, 12 or 16 strands. 

What lb is pe5? 

As a general rule of thumb: Advertised breaking strains are set at ten times the PE rating (so, a line with PE rating 5 will break at 50 lbs).

Are braided lines better than monofilament lines?

Braided lines are durable and more resistant to wear than mono lines. They are also better suited to deep-water fishing as they're simultaneously thinner and heavier, cutting through the water to reach the bottom faster. Braided lines often have 1/3 to 1/4 the diameter of mono or fluorocarbon lines at a given test breaking strength. 

Braided lines boast a completely different feel than monofilament lines, thanks largely to their lack of stretch and give. While this difference can make the transition difficult, it's well worth it.

How long will braided line last?

Some anglers say braided lines can last a lifetime. Even though the durability varies accordingly, they can still last for several years. Heavy fishers can change it 1 or even 2 times a year. Moderate fishers can change it once a year.

Should I use a leader with braided line?

Braid is very strong for its diameter, and it has virtually no stretch. Because it's the thinnest of the line types (by breaking strength) and very soft, it casts well. Because it's the most opaque and visible of the line types, many anglers use a leader line connected to the braid line. You need to connect a leader to your braided line if you are fishing rough grounds or super clear waters, or if you are targeting sharp-toothed fish like flounder, bluefish, or the sharks. Apart from that, it should be okay to use straight braid without expecting any problems.

The shock leader should measure around 27-30 feet and be tied to the main line using a small solid knot.

The Albright Knot is a great choice for attaching a mainline to a leader line, especially when using two lines of different diameter. Additionally this knot is a great choice for connecting the leader when you've already tied a loop knot in the main line like a Bimini Twist, Surgeon's Loop or Spider Hitch.

Should I use mono or fluorocarbon leader?

Fluoro has greater density, making it harder, stiffer and more abrasion resistant. With these three characteristics, you'd be sold on fluorocarbon any day of the week as they all contribute to the overall strength of the leader. Mono is less dense, absorbs water and is prone to abrasion damage. Monofilament is nearly the same density as water, making it neutral-buoyant. This is the opposite of fluorocarbon, which is denser than both, allowing it to sink.

When should I use fluorocarbon line?

Fluorocarbon is a good go-to line for when you need low visibility and a degree of stretch ‚Äď this can apply to any fishing situation. In fact, if you're targeting any fish in clear water, a fluorocarbon leader is a great idea to reduce visibility and increase hook-ups.

What causes braided line to break?

Trying to tie a knot too quickly can cause you to accidentally kink the line, creating a weak spot in the line. This may cause the line to break when the fish hits the lure, or when you try to set the hook, or from the tension on the line while fighting the fish.

Fluorocarbon is more expensive than mono, but often it is utilized as just the tippet or leader material by both fly and conventional anglers. The Sufix 832 Advanced Superline Braid is one of the more expensive lines in the market, yet for many, the price-tag is justified by its superior castability.

What is the best colour for braided fishing line?

Green Braid Is low visibility. One of the most popular colours for a braided fishing line is green and that is for a reason. Green braid often blends in super well in nutrient rich waters such as bays, lakes, inlets etc.

Blue is another good colour for sea fishing. Some manufacturers has a mixture of multi coloured line to break the line visibility. 

Picture below shows a braided line - Shimano Kairiki 8 strand braid from our own SGFR store! Get yours here!

How often should I Respool my reel?

Here's the quick answer: If you spool your fishing reel with braided line, respool it every 1 to 2 years on average (or sooner if it gets damaged). If you spool your fishing reel with monofilament or fluorocarbon, respool it every 3 to 6 weeks if you use it frequently.

Why do fishing lines snap?

Many anglers attach the lure to the rod before storing it, then tighten the reel. When it's too tight, the eyelet puts a lot of strain on a groove in the line, which, over time in storage, creates a weak area in the line and makes it vulnerable to snapping.

Can fish see my braided line?

Despite their thinness, braided lines are more noticeable to fish. Secondly, if the colour is off, fish will be able to see the line even more clearly. Many fish species are wary, and something as simple as a visible line might quickly scare them away.

What fishing line is invisible to fish? 

Fluorocarbon line is recognised by line companies as the most invisible line on the market. It is said to have the same light refraction properties as water, making it virtually invisible or as invisible as the fishing line can get.

Is fluorocarbon better than braid? 

Perhaps the most noticeable difference is it sinks, whereas mono and braid tend to lie on the surface better. Also, fluorocarbon is ideal for fishing stick worms like Senkos because it allows these baits to flutter better on the fall.


There you have them at your fingertips!

Happy Fishing!

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