Insight Look into PE Lines

What are PE Lines? Dale Ward give us some insight into PE Lines and why are they becoming more increasingly popular with fisherman and why PE lines have been developed to be more valuable to fisherman

PE! What is PE apart from being that subject at school most students enjoyed part taking in cause it got them out of the class rooms.

I’m talking about fishing line PE. I can remember when braided fishing lines were becoming increasingly popular in our fishing culture and growing by the second in the angling community.

Braided lines opened up endless opportunities for fishing, from having the ability to chase certain species of fish using smaller reels and having that option to allow that reel to have a far better capabilities holding more line on the spool due to being far thinner that its predecessor being monofiliament lines.

But when this technology took the angling world the way it did, no-one thought that a fishing line could be invented to follow suit or better yet have a exceeded with a higher calibre surpass, but PE line has begun to do just that.

PE line has become more preferable and developed to be more valuable as a fishing line for anglers for a vast array of reasons from finesse fisherman, right through to game and sport anglers alike.

Lets have a closer look into some of this technology everyone talks about.

The“PE” stands for Polyethylene, it is a fibre that famously brought us Dyneema fishing lines. The PE rating is a consistent measurement of breaking strain and diameter.

But this unit can be sometimes confusing for some because not all PE ratings are the same, it differs from brand to brand.

Some companies rate braid with different breaking strains but the same PE’s. Some may actually test at different breaking strains, but two lines that have the same PE rating will have the same diameter and will not be variable.

PE ratings have frequently been discussed about over the past few years and there’s a fair bit of confusion around regarding what PE ratings are about.

While I don’t claim any first rate knowledge on the issue, but I will try my best to garnish the topic a little more in full and outline a bit about what this fuss is all about in my words as I have had the opportunity with to work with one of the leading manufacture of Polyethylene fishing lines, GOSEN Japan.

When it comes to measuring the strength of fishing lines, in Australia there has traditionally been two main methods – by its breaking strain and by its length. A line’s breaking strain refers to the amount of pressure it can withstand before it snaps. A line’s length is obviously how long it is.

The breaking strain of a line is measured by pounds (lb) or by kilograms (kg). Technically 1kg works out to be 2.2 lb and 1 lb works out to be 45 kg.

But because the ratio between the two units of measurement is so close to 2:1 it has always been easy enough to express what a particular line strength is by doubling the weight or halving the weight.

So, for example, you might ask someone what strength line they are using on their bream reel and they may have replied – 3kg line, or 6lb line.

Further up the scale, game fisherman may be using 50 lb or 25 kg line depending on their preferred reference point.

In both cases people are saying the same thing but just using different units of measurement. When it comes to line lengths, you’ll find them measured in either yards or metres.

These units of measurement are slightly off a ratio of 1:1 but it’s in the vicinity, for example 150 yds =
135 m.

At some point an additional form of line measurement started to get more attention and that was in the form of measuring a line’s diameter. Having thinner line brings many advantages to fishing, for example thinner line weighs less, will catch less breeze, and will generate less friction across rod guides which ultimately all contributes to improving casting distances.

Thinner line is also a lot more sensitive which allows more finesse when fishing, particularly when using lures. Line diameters are measured in millimetres but over the past few years the Japanese system for measuring a line’s diameter has started to become more widely used and this has created a lot of confusion along the way.

The Japanese use a system of measurement called a PE rating. PE stands for poly-ethylene, a type of plastic that braided lines are made out of.

It’s believed the rating is based on a unit of measurement that was originally used to measure the thickness of a thread of silk and is now used for measuring the thickness of fishing line.

There are many brands out there on the market but Japan lead the way. Such brands like GOSEN since 1951 has been a major world leader in the production of synthetic fibers for fishing, and also produce products for the automotive industry like seat belts and airbags, as well as various tennis strings.

GOSEN are holders of hundreds of exclusive patents, unlike many other manufacturers they have released an exclusive range of PE braid that has been made for Australia.

The Casting PE is made with high strength Dyneema material, designed for casting further distances with exceptional smoothness and precision accuracy.

I have put this line through some testings on various species like Bream, Bass, Flathead, Salmon and Mulloway and my conclusion is this is a PE line made to suit some of the more serious anglers who are searching for only the finest optimum gear available on today’s market.

The Australian Casting PE is a specialist lure product. This slim braid is so incredibly thin that a 2500 size Stella reel holds 300 m of 14 pound line, that is 50 per cent more line available on your reel with PE line rather than most standard braided lines offering you as an angler to have far more confidence when hooking some larger fish that might take off more line.

PE braid is strong and is the highest in quality for which allows it to be the softest and smoothest line on today’s market. The 14 pound rated line has a mere diameter of 0.6, this allows anglers to far exceed the standard line capacity that reel spools usually rate at, giving the angler more options to target species like Tuna, Australian Salmon and various other fast swimming fish who usually peel off more line that the spool is capable of holding.

This lines diameter and is suitable for use on spinning and overhead reels, Its contains the elements of a 8 ply wrap of polyethylene braid suitable for casting with an ultra smooth finish for all serious anglers.


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