Strength Relative to Diameter
These calculations show the true strength of each line as a simple function of its (measured) diameter. This allows you to consider both a line’s diameter and its strength. The ratio really reflects how “strong” a line actually is. The differences among braided lines are more extreme than among monofilaments. I have also included in this chart several characteristics of braided lines, including the type (Dyneema or Spectra). Fused or braided refers to how the filaments are joined; fused lines do not truly fuse all filaments. Many lines are coated; the manufacturers, at least, maintain that coating enhances castability, and they certainly allow for the addition of color — but most coatings wear or fade in time.