4-Strand Braid Offers a Stealthy Option for Fishing Through Vegetation
Noise: On the noise front, Stealth flies through the guides on a cast relatively quietly but does make some noise as you bring your bait back on
when the line is taut. Even so, I think it's actually more quiet than something like Sunline's FX2 braid though I did not use the product with any
rods sporting all-metal style guides. The rods that I used all had some type of ceramic insert in their guides.
Knot strength was good - even my connection knot for the
spinning reel held up
Impact/Knot Strength: I'm happy to report SpiderWire Stealth held up very well in this regard on my 50 pound test combo fishing big baits through repeated casts, occasional hookups, and very few instances where I needed to retie. Additionally, where I was actually concerned with this line was my connection knot at my fluorocarbon leader. I'm
admittedly not the best at this knot and I thought there was a risk that more abrasive finish on stealth might impact the effectiveness of my connection.
After a season I am happy to report that my concerns were unwarranted as
Spiderwire held up fine in this application as well.
Longevity: Through a season of fishing, the finish on SpiderWire Stealth does wear to the point the line feels less protected and more vulnerable to wear and fraying. The key word here is feels. Where I experienced this wear was on the 50 pound setup where I fished the line without a leader, but while the
end of the Stealth looked worn and was more susceptible to fraying, I didn't experience
any actual failures. The line was simply more raw and free from that waxy finish. On my spinning setup, Stealth held up better because I used fluorocarbon leaders the entire time.
Swinging on a big bait fish. Both the line and knots held up and with each
fish continued to build my confidence in this braid
A chunk courtesy of SpiderWire Stealth
SpiderWire Stealth Braid
A no frills braid made with a relatively round profile and diameters that measured a bit smaller than published.
Casts well and has minimal noise for a 4-strand braid coming through the guides. Overall,
it is a
handle better than I expected
$0.08 per yard - among the more affordable braid products
range of different
Built with a fluoropolymer treatment that holds up well and seems to perform as advertised (helps with casting and noise performance).
Whether your preference is to choose your line based on application or the color of your combo, Stealth has an option for you.
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fair : 7
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Pluses and Minuses:
+ Available in a wide range of colors
line a bit
hold up well
+ Quiet through the guides for a 4-strand braid
- Finish will wear off and leave the line feeling vulnerable after some time on the water
+ Easy handling line
Conclusion: It's not often that a 4 strand braid catches my attention, but SpiderWire Stealth doesn't fish like a typical 4 strand braid. From my initial evaluation in the lab where I discovered the line's diameter was actually smaller than published (usually it's the other way around), to my time on the water with this line where it handled better than I expected - especially in the area of noise, Stealth really surprised me.
often that a 4 strand braid catches my attention, but SpiderWire Stealth
doesn't fish like a typical 4 strand braid
Further, I thought this braid product was like all the others and only available in two or three different colors, but while writing this article and performing my due diligence, I found on SpiderWire's website that Stealth is available in a wide variety of colors including several camo options that simply look too fun not to try! Granted there are probably more people than not reading this article thinking who cares about different colored line options, but if
you just try, you can really have a lot of fun matching the color of your line
to your combo. I liken it to wearing different colored socks. Sometimes you want
to stay basic black or white, but other times you want to have a little fun and
put your eccentric side on display. What better way to do that on your fishing
combo than using a Aqua Camo or Glow-Vis braided line.
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