There are two problem areas with non-coated braids. The first is their tendency to tangle on the cast and there is nothing worse than worrying that your hooklink and bait are lying in a tangled heap on the lake bed after you have just cast an inch-perfect screamer to the far treeline. The second is that they are not very conducive to fishing on rough ground, on hard gravel bars or rocks and boulders. Coated braids solve both problems at a stroke. The multi-coated braids in the Kryston range are designed primarily to protect the more fragile inner braid. That the coating also stiffens up the material, thus helping to prevent tangles, is a bonus!
Some time back and guy called Harry Haskell, a very inventive and much respected carp angler, came up with a rig that combined the slightly stiff anti-tangle properties of nylon with the supple, ‘soft feel’ properties of neutrally balanced braid. Harry called the resulting rig the Combi Rig and it was widely publicised in the late 80s and early 90s. Indeed many top anglers still swear by Harry’s brainchild today but now use a coated braid of some kind. Harry was associated closely with the Kryston stable and it was inevitable that his invention would eventually be refined and fine tuned by Dave Chilton of Kryston who brought us the first coated hooklink material, the awesome Snake-Skin. This consists of an inner core of Multi-strand with a plastic outer coating. The permutations of this material are endless as the coated section can be made as long or as short as you like. In addition the coating adds stiffness to the hooklink, which in turn prevents tangles. By removing the outer coasting to reveal the soft and supple Multi-Strand inside, a perfect Combi Rig-style of presentation can be created from a single length of material.
Brilliant though the concept is, there are still those who cannot (or will not) work with multi-stranded products so the next step on was Snake-Bite. Here the inner core is a braid rather. It has to be said that braid is easier to work with, and it is almost as supple, so for many Snake Bite has become one of the most popular hooklinks. Of course, Dave did not rest on his laurels and he soon brought out the awesome Mantis trio, Super Mantis and Super Mantis Gold, and Mantis Dark followed most recently by the Jackal range, arguably the best coated braid on the market.