Spiderwire’s Zilla Braid is geared specifically for passionate anglers seeking the largest and toughest fish that can stretch your tackle to the breaking point and beyond. But what makes it so special?
The latest wave of super braids are the polar opposite compared to typical monofilament lines that can stretch up to 15% or more. While Dyneema and Spectra braids provide minimal stretch, excellent hooksets and a better feel for what’s on the hook end of the line, these no-stretch qualities can also be their downfall, with pulled hooks, broken rods and snapped lines to go along with frayed tempers. Enter the Spiderwire engineers to solve the problem with a super braid that stretches a little, but not too much, offering the best of all worlds.
Abrasion-resistant Zilla Braid offers anglers enhanced fighting power with 67 percent more shock strength and 67 percent more stretch than standard braids. Translated: if standard super braids have a two to three percent stretch factor before hunkering down, Spiderwire’s Zilla Braid will up the ante to about a six to seven percent stretch factor before coming to critical mass. Now compare that to your typical monofilament line that can stretch from 15 to 20 percent and you can see where Zilla Braid fits in between these two extremes. This is a game changer when going after big fish like stripers, tuna and makos in the briny and outsized northern pike, muskies and channel cats in freshwater, when that first vicious strike will test your knots, line and tackle, looking for the “weak link” in the chain. Having a modicum of a forgiving stretch factor can be a really good thing.
Using a combination proprietary blend of Dyneema fibers for strength and Cordura fibers for toughness, Spiderwire’s new Zilla Braid is perfect for battling big fish where both more power for the hookset and more stretch for “forgiveness” during the fight are needed in equal amounts. Zilla Braid has a higher density than 100% polyethylene braid. This translates into a loading effect for longer casting distance. The elastic nature of the line allows for full recovery to the original length after stretching. Zilla Braid is perfect for throwing big plugs at stripers, blues, muskies and tuna.
COLORS AND SIZES
Like Henry Ford’s old Model T auto, you can have it in any color, as long as it’s black - but for Zilla Braid, make that moss green. This premium super braid is available in seven different line strengths, starting at 20-pound and increasing to 3-, 4-, 50-, 65-, 80- and 100-pound classifications. It is also available in a trio of lengths with a 125-yard spool ranging in price from $14.99 to $24.99, depending on the weight class; the 300-yard spool ranging in price from $28.99 to $34.99; and the bulk 1,500-yard super spool having an MSRP from $134.99 to $219.99.
The Spider brand was spawned in the labs of a California company over ten years ago called Safariland, a high-end manufacturer of – not fishing gear – but law enforcement equipment. Working with high-tech synthetics to produce bullet-proof vests, the Safariland research team discovered that the gel-spun polyethylene fibers used in the vests were ideal for a wide range of applications. One of these was an amazing, super-strong fishing line, the likes of which hadn’t been seen in the sport before. After rigorous researching and in-depth testing of various formulations of the product, the team struck on the construction formula that became known as Spiderwire, and it was nothing less than the strongest, thinnest, most sensitive fishing line in the world, spawning a wave of competitive super braids from other line manufacturers. With notions of bullet-proof performance and images of black widow spiders firmly in mind, aggressive anglers took to the product like predator to prey, which is exactly what Spiderwire helps you accomplish on the water. With Spiderwire, you’re armed for the take-no-prisoners battle and ready for the fish to strike, and they don’t get away.
Now part of the Pure Fishing family of products, Spiderline’s family web includes a variety of other special purpose braids to complement their new Zilla Braid.