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The Japanese use a numbering system called "gouw" that they used to size silk thread by its diameter many years ago. They transferred that same sizing system to monofilament and now braided line. PE is an abbreviation for Poly Ethylene which is what braided Dyneema or Spectra is made from. A simple way of determining PE ratings is to simply multiply the PE number x 10 to get LB strength. e.g. PE5 = 50lb approx. But you will always have some braid makers whose PE5 breaks well above the nominal 50lb. YGK Ultra is a good example where its PE5 = 86lb, PE8 = 113lb! Apart from being very smooth it is very strong for its diameter and expensive to match.

PE reference is a determination of diameter not breaking strain. However most manufacturers come within a good average BS per diameter. Here's a chart to show conversion rates...

PE No..mm
0.6...0.128
0.8...0.148
1.0...0.165
1.2...0.185
1.5...0.205
1.7...0.218
2.0...0.235
2.5...0.260
3.0...0.285
3.5...0.310
4.0...0.330
5.0...0.370
6.0...0.405
7.0...0.435
8.0...0.470
10.0...0.520
12.0...0.570
14.0...0.620
16.0...0.660
18.0...0.700
20.0...0.740
22.0...0.780
24.0...0.810
28.0...0.870

add to this the standard chart for say Power Pro and you have the results you need...

0.10mm diameter = 5Ib braking strain
0.13mm diameter = 8Ib braking strain
0.15mm diameter = 10Ib braking strain
0.19mm diameter = 15Ib braking strain
0.23mm diameter = 20Ib braking strain
0.28mm diameter = 30Ib braking strain
0.32mm diameter = 40Ib braking strain
0.36mm diameter = 50Ib braking strain

Hope that helps.

info taken from various sources.
 

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Thanks very much Andy!
 

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Very useful. But verging on geeky.....
 

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Too much time with a Norwegian, he's got a lot to answer for. In fact he answers to a lot !!! I'd gladly swap any geeky time for some quality fishy time though.
 
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