Leaving aside the arguments about mixing braid and monofilament on the same boat it has become evident that the serious boat angler is (a) becoming fed up with fishing with several pounds of lead to hold bottom when the use of braid will cut the sinker weight in half and (b) anglers are becoming more sophisticated in their use of braid.
A 30 metre shockleader or topshot of monofilament just less than the breaking strain of the braid has rapidly become standard practice.
The monofilament and braid are joined together with back to back Grinner or Uni knots and given a dab of superglue the instant before the knots are snapped together. Or the best method of all is to tie a short(2ft) loop using a Bimini Hitch then join the monofilament to the doubled braid using an Albright knot. You might have to look these knots up and learn to tie them, but on my testing they give a near 100% breaking strain join.

If braid has a fault, it's that it is highly abrasive and can cut into soft rod rings like a saw. The best rings are the Fuji SIC and even better are the lightweight rollers developed by Aftco for use with wire and braid lines.

I have been using a couple of roller equipped rods exclusively for my boat fishing for the last season or two and can say that they have worked very well, provided they are well maintained.

We all occasionally dip our top ring into the water when we fish. Allow that salt water to dry and form salt crystals then it won’t take long for that top roller to seize up, necessitating a strip down, clean and lube to get it working again.

Experience has taught me that after each trip a spray with WD40 or TMC on all the rollers will keep them working well and your superbraid line will last so much better.

I have had several emails asking which braid I use. My first choice is PowerPro followed by Fireline. I am always trying other brands but these two are the ones that have lasted best. The bright colours such as the PowerPro pink and the Fireline yellow are my favourites (a) they photograph better (b) you can always pick your line out from the rest and (c) if a fish runs off(shark or bass, wishful thinking!) you can see where your line is.

Any questions to: russ@reelfoto.demon.co.uk