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New line tipped to be replacement for braid

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Gliss, from World Fishing Tackle, is said to be so thin and strong that it could replace braid.

A new line so thin and strong that it could replace braid is about to be launched into the market.

The company behind the development is World Fishing Tackle (WFT), which has been working on the secret project for two and a half years.

The line, called Gliss, is made from extruded hmpe fibres and according to WFT’s Managing Director, Christian Dibisch, combines the qualities of both a monofilament and a braid.

“Gliss looks like a mono, but has huge advantages, including almost zero stretch. Other lines have at least three times more stretch,” Dibisch told Angling International. “It also has extremely low diameter-to-breaking strength ratios. At 0.010 diameter, it has 4kg strength.

“These exceptional properties give it multiple applications. The low stretch means it is incredibly sensitive and you always know what is happening under the water.”

The potential for Gliss is further boosted by the fact that it can be produced far more quickly and cheaply than braid. Dibisch estimated that it takes around 100 hours to produce 1,000 metres of braid, depending on the type. But he can manufacture the same length of Gliss in a matter of minutes.

“Production is so fast that I am sure it will replace braid in certain fields of fishing,” said Dibisch. “It is ideal for any application where low stretch is an advantage, such as lure fishing and long range fishing. Light lures can be controlled more sensitively than ever before.

“What we have introduced is actually a third generation product,” added Dibisch. “The first and second generations were developed during the testing phase as we worked to make the line as good as possible.”

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