Can You Crimp Braided Fishing Line?

Crimping braided fishing line is a common and necessary practice for anglers that use this type of line. Crimping is a process of compressing the line to form a loop that connects the two ends together.

This creates a strong, secure connection between the lure and main line and prevents it from slipping off during a cast or while fighting a fish. Crimping also helps to maintain the integrity of the line by preventing fraying or breaking as it passes through guides.

When crimping braided fishing line, you should use either aluminum or copper sleeves. Aluminum sleeves are lightweight and relatively inexpensive, but they can’t be reused and are more prone to breakage than copper sleeves. Copper sleeves are heavier and more expensive, but they can be reused multiple times and provide greater strength.

The size of the crimping sleeve you choose depends on the diameter of your braid. Generally speaking, larger diameter braid requires larger crimps in order to make an effective connection. It’s best to use crimps that are slightly smaller than the diameter of your braid for best results.

Proper technique is essential when crimping braided fishing line:

  • Start by threading your braid through the eyelet of your lure or swivel.
  • Then, slide an appropriately sized crimp sleeve onto the end of your braid.
  • Place the end of your braid in a pair of pliers with crimpers built in.
  • Squeeze firmly but gently until you feel resistance.

Crimping braided fishing line is an important skill for any angler that uses this type of line. It’s important to use proper technique and select an appropriately sized sleeve in order to create a secure connection between lures or swivels and main lines.

With practice, anyone can become proficient at crimping braided fishing lines effectively.


Yes, you can absolutely crimp braided fishing line! By selecting an appropriately sized sleeve and using proper technique, anyone can become proficient at creating strong loops that will keep lures securely connected to main lines.

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Daniel Bennet