A change is on the horizon
I’ve mentioned in previous posts how I’ve used and abused various braided lines over the years. I’ve tried ‘fused’ lines and ‘value’ braids, in addition to some very expensive 8 strand braids encompassing various diameters and colours – some of which are ridiculously bright.
Ultimately, I’ve always come to the same conclusion… I haven’t been particularly impressed and have reverted back to my ‘go to’ braid – Berkley Whiplash (20lb) in the ‘Green’ colour.
That is until now…
Varivas Super 8 PE – Vital statistics
- Price – £31.50 (16.7, 20.2 and 28.6lb breaking strain).
- Spool size – 200m.
- Colour – Dark Green.
- Distinguishing/claimed features – Colour marked at 25m intervals, long casting, good abrasion resistance and super strong.
- Available from – Veals Mail Order (VMO)
- 300m spools are available in the 33lb/48lb breaking strain and are priced at £46.99/£48.99 respectively.
Unmistakably from Varivas – The 1 = 1PE or 20.2lb breaking strain
Forming an opinion
For me, there are 8 factors that will determine my opinion of a braided line – these are the following:
- The price – I subscribe to the notion that if something is expensive, but I consider it is worth it – then I will buy it without hesitation.
- Its strength (for example 20lb breaking strain) – How does it actually perform in relation to what’s written on the packaging.
- Its casting ability – Easy to ascertain of course (Good or Bad generally speaking).
- Its diameter – Is it really as advertised? They are often thicker…
- The spool size – 150m, 200m or 300m (for me, this is important from a value for money perspective).
- Its ‘knotting’ capabilities – Is it reliable?
- Wind knot susceptibility – Again, you’ll know soon enough!
- Its abrasion resistance – Even though you’re dealing with ‘floss like’ materials, some are definitely better than others at withstanding a certain degree of ‘rubbing’ on the rocks.
Nestled invitingly between the competitively priced Varivas 4 Strand Super PE or Avani Sea Bass braids and the more expensive, but highly regarded Avani Sea Bass Max Power or Tracer braids this specialist lure fishing Varivas Super 8 PE is very well priced at £31.50.
I have always used braid with a claimed breaking strain of around 20lb therefore, I feel adequately qualified to compare; especially considering recent sessions where I’ve had to ‘pull’ lures out of the kelp and other snags. I’m positive that a breaking strain significantly lower than the claimed 20.2lb would have resulted in the line parting – so all good here.
Casting ability –
Absolutely superb. This ‘Super 8’ PE really comes into its own when you’re blasting a lure (any lure) out into the teething wind/waves – as I have been lately! It sits on and peels off the spool beautifully and consistently every time.
No official figure here which is a shame as it would definitely be a major selling point due to the fact that it is extremely ‘fine’ or ‘thin’ As a comparison, my Berkley Whiplash is advertised as being 0.06mm in diameter and is indeed very, very thin. However, this figure is pretty optimistic (and more like 0.15mm in my opinion) but the Varivas Super 8 PE is certainly ‘thinner’ which adds to my growing approval and appreciation towards this vital item of equipment.
Spool size –
I really like the 200m capacity on sale here. If I’m paying £30+ for my braid, I expect to be able to fill two spools from a brand new spool – based on the size of reel that I use. I know many are content with only being able to fill one and will reverse it when necessary, but I personally feel that 150m is an annoying figure/capacity for a spool of braid – seemingly designed to ensure more sales?
Knotting capabilities –
I continue to utilise the ‘Alberto knot’ to connect braid to fluorocarbon and again, I haven’t witnessed any issues – hard to say whether it’s any stronger, but it certainly isn’t any weaker than my regular braid.
Wind knot susceptibility –
As I’ve been using this braid in late February/early March you’d expect it to be wet, windy and quite frankly horrible out on the coast – and it has been! Therefore, to have not experienced any ‘wind knots’ is very pleasing considering I wouldn’t say I’m the most fastidious at manually placing the bail arm over following a cast.
Abrasion resistance –
The terrain that most lure anglers fish over is extremely unforgiving on braided main lines. None of us expect to never lose any gear, but we don’t want to lose an expensive lure every time there is any kind of contact with rocks or barnacles. This ‘Varivas’ braid has been in contact with such obstacles on numerous occasions (due to the adverse conditions) but I haven’t noticed any obvious damage to the braid and haven’t as yet, witnessed any ‘break offs’ so it appears durable enough at present.
Admittedly, I haven’t used this braid for a full season, but I’ve bought and wasted enough money on what I regard as ‘one the most important components of succesful lure fishing’ to know when it is any good – and this certainly is.
If you’re about to replace your braided line on your finely tuned spinning.lure reel then I would wholeheatedly recommend the Varivas Super 8 PE.
I welcome any feedback or comments.
Rough weather bass fishing in early March