Q: I have started us­ing four-strand braid line for lure fish­ing. Can you ex­plain the dif­fer­ent types of braids, ad­van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages, as I am plagued with wind knots?

Sea Angler (UK) - - SEA SCHOOL -

ROBERT WIL­SON, BANGOR

HG says: Rather than fry your brain with the dif­fer­ent kinds of braid, if you are get­ting plagued with wind knots, then you re­ally need to ask your­self some ques­tions.

Are you us­ing a good-qual­ity fourstrand? Are you us­ing a mod­ern spin­ning reel that is suited to fish­ing braid? Are you over­load­ing your spin­ning reel? Don’t! Are you check­ing for loops of line over your spool be­fore you cast? Are you man­u­ally clos­ing the bale-arm af­ter a cast? You should be.

Eight-strand braids are, for the most part, a bit thin­ner and smoother, but be­fore we go there, we must sort these prob­lems.

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