Sunline Small Game PE-HG Line spoolSmall Game PE-HG

JDM PE line (what we would call braid) is absolutely wonderful stuff. It is expensive, and the lighter weight lines are extremely expensive, but high quality comes at a high price.

Although Sunline no longer sells braid for trout fishing, they sell a truly excellent braid for ultralight saltwater fishing. It seems we don't do much ultralight saltwater fishing in the US, but it is a big thing in Japan. Their Small Game PE-HG line works beautifully as a BFS line for trout fishing!

When I started using a baitcaster in trout streams I used the same nylon mono that I used with my spinning reels. After experimenting with a number of different lines, I came to believe a light braid is really the best choice. Nylon or fluorocarbon lines are perverse. It seems they want to jump off the spool, and will blow up into a bird's nest given half a chance. Given the same half a chance, braid seems to want to stay on the spool. I still get bird's nests (I'm still basically a beginner) but fewer and less extreme. I am sold on braid. It is considerably more expensive than nylon, but to me it is clearly worth it.

Varivas Bait Finess PE Line spoolSmall Game PE-HG

Varivas Bait Finess PE is targeted at baitcasters and I have to say it is an excellent line. Personally, I have a slight preference for the Sunline because I can see it better against a background of light green foliage, but other than that, I like the Varivas line a lot! The line I have in stock is thinner than the Sunline braid I stock, and works very well indeed with light lures.

Small fallfish caught with baitcasterBaitcaster for micros?

Granted, most people do not use a baitcaster when fishing for micros, but if you want to use light lures, using a thin braid like the Varivas Bait Finess PE works very nicely.

Sunline Small Game PE-HG Line spoolSmall Game PE-HG
  • Extremely fine 8-strand braid (4 pairs) for excellent casting performance.
  • Sensitivity to detect the lightest bites - or the bottom.
  • Hi-Vis pink so you can see your line even in low light.
  • The strength you want when your "small game" turns out to be not as small as you expected.
  • 6 lb test .104mm dia, size .4
  • 150m
  • $54
Varivas Bait Finess PE Line spoolBait Finess PE
  • Braided line designed specifically to pitch smaller lures at Trout-Management-Area.
  • Sensitivity & Low Stretch: transmitting the exact feedback from lure better than Nylon.
  • Alternating chartreuse and green line coloring.
  • VARIVAS SP-F Fluoride-based line coating for reducing guide friction.
  • 5.5 lb test .090mm dia, size .3
  • 120m
  • $64


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