As an avid PowerPro consumer, I have always been on the lookout for new types of braid to fish with. When Daiwa J-Braid emerged, I was pumped to try it out.
Daiwa J-Braid is an 8-carrier braid, meaning it’s composed of 8 tightly woven fibers. With such a high thread count, you end up with a smoother, rounder braid capable of retaining strength while casting further.
When talking to the representative we were told that Daiwa purposely bought out the entire production facility specifically to bring down costs for the consumer. It was definitely a smart move and helps make braided line more affordable to the everyday angler.
I’ve used Daiwa J-Braid for a number of applications. For those bass anglers out there, J-Braid has performed beautifully except on my spinning reel. This is because the line is naturally softer than its peers such as PowerPro and Spiderwire. The softness is great for other applications but I had many instances where line wrapped around my rod tip while fishing a drop shot.
If you’re throwing J-Braid on a casting setup, it’s great. The smoothness helps you slide through vegetation when flipping and punching, and I had no doubts for its strength in heavy-cover situations. Throwing topwater and dragging plastics around has also been effortless, and the line flows through rod guides like butter.
I don’t like J-Braid for the surf. As an avid surf perch and striper angler, I was pumped to try a different brand of braided line. What I got was an entire day cutting out wind knots and being super frustrated. Once again this leads back to the fact that J-Braid is a very soft line, easily thrown around by wind. I’ll stick to my PowerPro Spectra on this one.
I’ve had the Chartreuse Daiwa J-Braid on my Shimano Baitrunner 8000D for over a year and I’m very impressed that the color hasn’t faded. Sure it’s faded a little, but not compared to how PowerPro dumps color after a few uses. The Chartreuse is perfect for my nighttime pier fishing trips and has made it easy to keep track of my line. Since I’m using heavier gear, I’ve had no issues with it wrapping around the tip or wind knots.
I love this stuff for my offshore trips as well. Whether it’s rockfish, salmon, halibut, etc. Daiwa J-Braid has performed wonderfully. The smooth feel helps me avoid burning my fingers when dropping heavy rockfish jigs and the braid cuts through water with ease. I’ll definitely continue to use this for my saltwater setups.
Aside from a few specific applications, I’ve enjoyed Daiwa J-Braid. It has proven its quality while maintaining a very low cost for the consumer. I still have some spooled up on a couple reels and won’t be changing it out anytime soon.