Braided Hooklink Advice

Pekchenko1

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Hi All,

I'm just getting back into fishing after a 6 year break and was looking at trying to bag a few tench from local waters. The tactic i had in mind was from an old IYCF article by Bob Roberts which was using a Drennan inline maggotfeeder with a very short 10lb braided hooklink, as it helped me bag my first tench years ago and would help me fish confidently.

Unfortunately in any of the tackle shops i've visited, the braid on offer either seems to be 25lb spod braid or minimum 15lb coated stuff for carpers. Given that my mainline will be 10-12lbs , i've always worked under the assumption the hooklink breaking strain should be slightly lighter than your mainline, so i was just looking for a bit of advice as to whether or not a 15lb braid would be okay under setup i mentioned, or if not, does anybody have any recommendations for any alternatives?

Cheers
Al
 

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@Pekchenko1

Take a look here, use the drop-down menu's to choose colour, breaking strain and how much you want on the spool...

 

Lee Richards

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I have found from fishing snaggy waters that the more strands the braid has the more resilient it is (obvious really) and although I would look for cheaper braid for the mainline, for hook lengths I would go with "tried and tested"
Most of my Barbel/Carp hook lengths are made with Gardner Trickster (heavy brown) and it is very highly recommended within the Barbel community.
Or anything by Kryston who will have a range for your every need.

As for stronger hook lengths than mainline I wouldn't worry about that as with some modern materials and methods this has now become the norm.
 

Pekchenko1

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Cheers, i'll just be using mono as mainline but with the braid as a hooklink. I used the Drennan Super Specialist stuff last time but no doubt this was linked to the fact that Bob Roberts was sponsored by Drennan. I'll have a look at a few options such as the Gardner you mentioned, and at the price of those suggested on ebay its probably worth getting a spool of that to test out.
 

Sam Vimes

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Whatever breaking strain you end up using, try to use proper hooklength braid if you can, they should have different structures and properties to those intended purely as mainlines. Drennan/ESP usually do hooklink braids in lower breaking strains. It's also worth looking for Gardner, especially their Target Specimen Range.
 

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If using braid I used drennan si k braid in 10lb.
Kept my hooklink to no more than 3inches.
 

Trailblazer

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That was meant to say "sinkbraid".
I've just had a nosey at it on ebay and they call it gravel braid now, it's available in 8 10 and 12lb.
I didn't look at the colours but it used to come in two variations.
 
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