It Gets Better
The first braided synthetics, which appeared in the 1930s, were a vast improvement. Chief among them was Dacron, an extruded filament manufactured in much the same way as nylon lines, or monofilament, which hit the market around 1939. Monofilament gradually won the hearts of fishermen because it was cheaper and it cast better on spinning reels, which became popular in this country after servicemen brought them home from Europe in the years following WWII. By the early '70s, monofilament offered by such companies as Berkley and Stren dominated the market.