Spectra fiber braided fishing lines have gained wide-spread acceptance in the last few years because:
- Low Stretch
- Spectra has very low-stretch (3% maximum) which means a fish bite is easily felt and the hook-set is quick and sure. Getting a fish away from the bottom structure is more likely, compared to monofilament stretching more than 25%.
- Small Diameter
- A very high strength-to-diameter ratio of Spectra is attractive because:
- More line can be put on a given reel.
- Smaller reels may be used in a given application.
- Greater breaking strength line may be spooled on the same reel.
- High Tensile Strength
- Spectra fiber is so strong that it is used in bulletproof vests; replacing Kevlar in that application. It is about 10 times as strong as steel, pound for pound. The finished line has a tensile strength of about 600,000 pounds per square inch versus monofilament which has a tensile strength of about 100,000 pounds per square inch.
- Long Life
- Spectra has a very long life, it does not rot, and is not readily damaged by ultraviolet rays in sunlight, as is monofilament.
- Not Effected by Water Spectra does not swell in water, nor does it lose strength when wet.
- Light Weight
- Spectra does not weigh you down. Stand-up fishermen really appreciate the lightweight of a spool of Spectra