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    I saw some drennan dacron in my tackle shop, it was cheaper than most of the other braids at £3.25 and twice the amount with 20 metres on the spool compared with 10 metres on some of the other braid spools

    It claimed on the packet that it was limper and heavier than most other braids and would hug the bottom like a stone.

    I remember John Wilson using it on some of his programmes.

    If it's so good why do you hardly ever see it for sale or hear of people using it.

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    Mark Hodson Guest

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    Fashion

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    its the only braid i use, fantastic stuff!!!

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    There is one manufacturer I rate for producing quality tackle consistently over many, many years and that's Peter Drennan. The rest in my view couldn’t hold a candle to his products. I use many of his braids mainly for barbel fishing and never have or had a problem with any.

    Pay for the name if you must, but PDs will be cheaper and better in my view.

    And he’s old school, honourable, straight talking with tact and diplomacy, and that for me marks out any man who I wish to buy from.

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    I've never tried this particular line but I had to add my tuppenny worth of support for what Phil says, Drennan is a quality name through and through. Never bought a Drennan product that didn't do what it promised, or that I regretted paying the money for. And never needlessly expensive either, no milking the cow of public goodwill. Brilliant.

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    Nicky, like you I've never used it but I too would like to know what the difference is between using 'conventional braids' and dacron. I've noticed a lot of the older books talk about dacron rather than braid so maybe its an age thing. Interesting. Come on you carp boys you should know surely.


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    Dacron is a conventional polyester fibre used in clothing and ropes. It is supple, relatively strong, sinks, but is a little thicker than modern super fibres. It is a little unreliable in knot strength unless you use non-strangling knots such as the grinner.

    Modern super braids are made from polyethylene fibre or Kevlar. Most people know what polyethylene (or polythene) is, but Kevlar is actually part of the aramid family of polymers and as such is related to nylon. The problem with super braid fibres is that they are white and don't take dye very easily. They also float. Sinking superbraids are made by combining heavier fibres (such as dacron) into the weave.

    Personally I'd always use a modern super braid, such as Drennan sinking microbraid as they are thinner and almost as supple. Note that breaking strain on super braids is very approximate and I've yet to snap 10lb Drennan Microbraid in normal fishing. The knot on the main line (12lb Berkley XT) has always gone first or I've straightened the hook.

    Development of polymers, particularly fibres, is very rapid and much research is going on. A Google search can give some interesting reading for the more technically minded (or saddos as we call them where I come from).

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    Sean, do I understand what you are saying correctly, it is slightly thicker, the knot strength you mention I discount because all line materials are severely weakened by strangulation knots, its more supple, its cheaper by about 50%, its slightly old hat. So what is wrong with it that you prefer a more modern braid?

    The only downside I can see is that it will cause problems when casting because it is so supple but so do most braids in my experience. I actually prefer braids to fluorocarbon for barbel but I am somewhat put off by more experienced guys than me saying that braid spooks fish during daylight hours and that fluorocarbon will catch more fish.


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    Hi Graham I prefer a super braid because my aim is to make everything as near 100% reliable as possible. I have NEVER had a knot go on a super braid. As to the cost, when using 4 to 6 inch hook lengths a 5 or 10 metre spool goes an awful long way!

    The idea that braid spooks fish is absolute cobblers. Once fluorocarbon has got a few scratches, dirt and algae in the surface it is just a visible as any other mono. In fact a mate of mine prefers fluorocarbon to braid becaus he thinks the fluorocarbon spooks fish when they pick up the bait due to its stiffness and generates more hook-ups.

    Try dacron by all means and if it suits you then fine. I just feel that it has no real advantage over a super braid.

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