I'd like to contribute more to this thread, since it's a subject of great interest for me (I've probably been fishing longer than I've been
The cost for braided line is prohibitive for many people. It is superior in almost every way, the only exceptions are that it frays more easily and
one must take a bit more care in tying the knots. Being as thin as it is, braided wire line forms tighter knots and can damage itself more easily
than mono can, precisely because it's so thin and the knots are so tight. That's my experience anyway.
Now braided lines are not really damaged by exposure to sunlight, heat, oil, moisture, or salt - something that cannot be said for monofilaments. Of
course, you can fish with decades-old monofilament if it's been stored properly, so keep that in mind. The shelf-life is a matter of conjecture, as
far as I know, since no decades-long studies have been conducted.
I read something somewhere about sheathing it in hollow dacron fishing line, to protect it from itself so to speak - this is done at the connection to
the lead, so that the knot bearing most of the stress is covered. I found a link, here (scroll down past the table to get to the text).
As far as I know, this is the
best way to utilize the strength of braided line.
Below are some general-use knots useful for fishermen - it's very important to know what to do with the line once you have it.
One final comment, pertaining to hooks. One member reccomended carrying only large hooks - I disagree. Panfish are plentiful (where I live, at
least), easy to catch, and quite tasty, and they are much more inclined to bite on a smaller hook. Variety in hook sizes is key if you're putting
together a fishing kit intended to be useful in a variety of survival situations.
Just because you're fishing for your dinner doesn't mean you have to ignore the small fish, in fact, if you're fishing for your dinner you probably
to ignore the small fish.
Use a hook of the size appropriate for the fish you're trying to catch - know what's in the body of water and choose accordingly. Don't take a
tiny hook to sea and, conversely, don't use something that looks like a meathook if your quarry is only as big as your hand.
Hopefully I'll be able to post more later. Great idea for a thread, BTW.