Can Braided Line Be Used on a Spinning Reel?

Can Braided Line Be Used on a Spinning Reel?

Yes, you can use a braided line on your spinning reel. In fact, it is the best line to put on your spinning reel for a variety of reasons. It has many benefits over fluoro or mono line. If you are not using braided line, it is time to change to it for your spinning reel.

Braided Line for Spinning Reels

There are many reasons why you should use braided line on your spinning reel. Some of these reasons include:

  • Casts longer distance—because it casts longer than mono or fluoro, this means that you are covering more water.
  • It is stronger than mono and fluoro of the same diameter. Twenty-pound braid is the same thickness as six-pound mono so if you put 20-pound mono on the reel, it will be thicker and it is not going to cast as well. Because braided line is thinner, you could put 50-60 pound braid on your reel and still have the strength and be able to have no problem casting it.
  • Braided line is more sensitive, which means it has no stretch to it, unlike fluoro and mono do. Being more sensitive, it will allow you to feel even the smaller bites easier. You will also be able to get a better hook set. One of the biggest differences between expensive and cheap rods is how sensitive they are, and when you use braided line, it will make even the cheapest rod feel more expensive.
  • You can fit more braided line on the spinning reel. For example, if you want to put 20 pounds mono on your reel, you might be able to fit 80 yards but with braided line, the 20-pound braid will let you put over 150 yards on your spinning reel. 

Size Braided Line for Your Spinning Reel

The test line pound that you will use all depends on the type of fishing that you want to do. Most of the time, you can use a 20-pound braided line because that seems to give the best balance overall. It always seems to do the job. The 20-pound braided line is great to use if you are fishing for bass, rainbow trout, kokanne, or other smaller fish.

Yards of Braided Line on a Spinning Reel

The size of your spinning reel will determine how much braided line you can put on it. This is why it is hard to say exactly how much braided line you can put on your spinning reel. You do need to make sure that the reel is quite full and with the spinning reel, you should fill it, leaving a 1/8 to 1/16 inch gap in the spool. You need to leave a small gap on the line so the braided line does not slip off but will perform at its best.

Putting Braided Line on a Spinning Reel

The first thing you do is put the monofilament on the spool as mentioned. You can tie the mono onto the spool using whatever knot you want to use. Once this is done, attach your braided line to the end of the mono, using whatever knot you choose to tie them together. Be sure that the line is going through the first eyelet before you start wrapping. As you are reeling it in, put tension on the line until there is about an eighth of the spool left. The next step is to tie on the leader, which is about two to four feet of mono or fluoro that goes into the end of the line. The length and strength of the leader line will depend on the fish that you want to catch but try to keep it as light as you can. 

Why Use Braided Line on a Spinning Reel

  • Braided line floats but if you need it to sink, you can attach a fluorocarbon leader on it or a weight to get it to sink.
  • Great for fishing in the spots where snags can happen because braided line is hard to break. If you fish from the shore there are trees, weeds, and other things you can snag on, so using braided line, if you happen to get snagged, you can yank on it and it will not break and you will not lose your tackle.
  • You can feel the fish better because braided line does not stretch.
  • You can cast braided line farther
  • Braided line will tangle less than normal fishing line
  • It will last longer, sometimes a few years, because it is stronger so you will not have to replace it as often.

Best Colored Braided Line to Use

There are different colors of braided line you can get so it is really a matter of preference. There are colors such as Low-Vis Green, Ghost, Neon Yellow, Orange, and more. These are not a good color to choose because they are easily seen by fish except for the Ghost color. It is about the same color as the regular fishing line. In clear water, you can use Low-Vis Green because it is easier for you to see it in the water. Try to use a color that would be hard for fish to see but easy for you to see.

Read our article discussing, Does Fishing Line Color Matter?


When you use braided line on your spinning reel, it is recommended that you use a fluoro or mono leader. The amount to use is two to four feet. Either of these will be hard for the fish to see so you will be able to catch more. If the water is super dirty where you are fishing and there are a lot of snag spots, use straight braided line. When you are putting braided line on your spinning reel, you should put some mono line on the spool first. The mono will grip the spool better because the braided line is slippery. Just wrap the mono around the spool a couple of times until it is covered. So yes, braided line can be used on a spinning reel and is the best choice for many reasons.

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