I wasn't gonna but I guess I might as well say a few words.First I dont care what kind of line you use,that is your choice as it should be.What concerns me is the tendency for the urban legend to become the truth so lets look at a few concerning braids.
1."Braid wears grooves in guides".This is true,or at least partially true.The first braids had a tendency to pick up dirt which in passing thru some types of guides did wear grooves, due to the sandpaper effect.Cheaper rods do not have real ceramic or aluminium oxide guides.The braid will eat right thru soft chrome or plastic inserts.I have a PENN rod that has genuine FUJI ceramic guides on it and the tip top as well.After 8 years of braid there is no wear,none,smooth as a babies ass.The rod costs 60$.nuff said about guides.
2. "Braid cuts into the spool more than mono".The truth is braid being of higher pound test for a given diameter allows you to exert more force when attempting to unsnag.This causes the line, being of thinner diameter to dig in more.This can cause a problem on the next cast.I have had this same problem with mono but the solution is to simply unsnag, then by HAND unspool the line a little then reel the line in.This frees up the dug in part.If you have this problem MORE than once it is YOUR fault.
3."Braid cuts your hands". True absolutely true to the point that most line manufacturers publish warnings about this.You know in those little folded booklets that fall out of the box when you take the line out.If I had ten dollars for everytime I have posted use a dowel or piece of mophandle when attempting to free snags with braid I could buy enough for all of you.If you cut yourself MORE than ONCE it is your fault and pardon me but you are also stupid.
4."I couldn't break off so I had to cut the braid at the spool leaving 10yds,100yds,400yds,a mile of braid in the water".I had this problem ONCE,then I simply added a swivel and leader which required three knots counting the one at the hook.That is three weak points. Now grasping my dowel firmly and giving a good jerk 99 44/100s % of my snags break at the swivel if the hook doesnt straighten out.If you have this problem more than ONCE see 3 above.
5."Braid is expensive" True.HOWEVER it lasts 3-10 times longer than mono ,is not suceptible to UV,doesn't absorb water so it doesn't get weaker as it gets wet. 39$ for 1000yds of Cajun red,100$ for 1000yds of braid.replace the mono every year keep the braid for three years.You do the math.I have seen some original spiderwire on a Santee guides reels that has been in use for over 6 yrs and still going strong.
6."Braid causes knots,backlashes etc" It seems to me, and this is no criticism of fishing methods but the baitcasters have the most problem.I have never had a problem with my spinning reels and braid.I am still waiting for the first windknot or to wrap it around a rod tip.Others will have to comment here because i dont use baitcasters.
7.FACT,there are excellent braids by reputable manufaturers and there are less than satisfactory braids by companies trying to cash in.It is so with everything,let the buyer beware.
8."Braids are not abrasion resistant".Braids are in fact thinner than equivalent mono lines.Mass does matter when it comes to abrasion resistance.Now if BOTH lines are the same diameter ,which as far as I know nobody on the BOC has conducted this experiment,the resistance would be more similiar.Different monos have different resistance also due to formulation etc.So Again there is truth in the statement.If you want more resistance go up in diameter.FINS make s a braid called Deep Drop that I will put up against mono of equiv dia.
9.Finally once again you pays your money and take your chances.When new people ask for advice I think we owe them the most accurate answers we can give them,not repeated legends which may or may not have any basis in fact TODAY.I would never close my mind to anything as opposed to categorically disliking something out of hand or based on some anecdotal stories I have heard.Braids are not perfect for every application which the manufaturers clearly stated from the beginning.I DON'T sell braid or even use it for everything and it took a while for me to get used to it.Mark I would bet you there are 100 MILES of mono out there in our waters for every mile of braid so to imply that it is a pollution or hazard isn't fair.I WOULD rather have all our members pick up a bag of garbage if the only cost would be leaving a little braid in the water.
10.If you want to start up another "Urban Legend" thread lets use "4 Strokes are more fuel efficient than 2 Strokes".See you next time.LOL