This section lists some advantages and disadvantages of using braided line.
You can minimize, and maybe eliminate, some of the disadvantages
of braid in the following ways:
1. Use a 24 to 36 inch leader of at least 40 pound test monofialment or flourocarbon. This will give you something to grab onto when landing a fish. If you grab the very thin braid you can easily get cut.
2. To avoid wind knots close your bail manually after casting. Also tug on the line to get rid of the slack going to the spool before reeling in.
3. Another thing that will help eliminate wind knots is to move up to 50 pound test braid. 50 pound test braid is still pretty thin, about the same diameter as 14 pound test monofilament.
4. If you combine 1. and 3., you now have a 40 pound test leader connected to a 50 pound test line. Now if you get snagged, the 40 pound test leader will break before the 50 pound test line, there by saving your line.
If you get snagged with braided line it is more difficult to break off. A suggestion is to carry a 10 inch piece of broomstick with you. Wrap a few turns of your line around the broomstick and hold on to the broomstick piece and pull. This way you can break off your line, or pull out of the snag, without cutting your fingers on the line.
The Animated Knots website shows you how to tie Palomar and Albright knots.
Use this link to go to the Animated Knots website: Animated Knots
When you get on the website click on the Knots List.