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#136787 10/22/08 08:26 PM
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I have been using 20lb original Spiderwire on my baitcasting reels since it was new on the market several years ago. I have
switched to Spiderwire Stealth since they quit making the original. I don't have many problems with it, but was wondering
if anyone on the forum prefers another brand. I like the 20lb
test for castibility.


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I guess I'm too old-school. I usually use 12# or 14# Stren for most of my baitcasting reels.


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Personally, I prefer the Berkley Fireline braids. Very small diameters for the strength.



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Like Dave, I'm still into plain old Stren. Generally from 4 to 10 pound.


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I only use braid for dense weeds, brush or catfish. I never use less than 50lb test. I'm not too particular on brand as long as it's round because the old flat fireline was a pain on a baitcaster.

Most of my poles are spooled either with mono or pure flourocarbon. Both cast better than braid. Mono where I need some shock absorbtion such as crankbaits and flourocarbon where I need sensitivity like a finesse bait or if I'm in ultraclear water like in Canada. For general fishing on the zebcos it's mono all the way.




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I kept getting my line broke so I switched to 1"stainless steel cable,kinda tuff on the BG fishin though \:D \:D


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Well I am a big fan of the Power Pro braided line, it is now the only braid use. I like braide lines for the the stenght and the diameter of it. Most of my rods that have a braid on them have a 50lb braid. I find the 50lb small enough to where it still cast well and has the strenght to pull even te biggest bass out of whatever cover it can get into. There is not near the stretch in a braided line, so you can pick up on bites better. At my place there are a couple of hole that sit away for the dock. With the Power Pro I am able to cast wa out there and still fill the slightest bites. Hope you give Power Pro a try, sure glad I did.

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I use original Spiderwire and Fireline braid. Spiderwire is my favorite (20lb test).

No, I am not willing to part with any of my original Spiderwire 1000yd spool!


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I tried the flourocarbon for a while. I never liked the way it casted on a baitcaster. I use either mono (preferred) or 20# or lower braided. Mono only on spinning reel.


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Power Pro on a spinning reel. Held up well to saltwater fishing too. A old timer showed me a neat trick with it. Load your reel up with 30 or so yards of mono, then tie on the braided line. This gave the line some cushionm,and gave me an indicator when I was about to lose the battle on some long runs. The cushion seemed to help stop the braided line from getting embedded on the spool.


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 Originally Posted By: Jeff Walker
Power Pro on a spinning reel. Held up well to saltwater fishing too. A old timer showed me a neat trick with it. Load your reel up with 30 or so yards of mono, then tie on the braided line. This gave the line some cushionm,and gave me an indicator when I was about to lose the battle on some long runs. The cushion seemed to help stop the braided line from getting embedded on the spool.


That's a good way to save $$ too.

I've been using the PLine pure flourocarbon for the last two years and have had no trouble except for in the beginning with knots breaking. I found that it is really sensitive to heat and just switched primarily to a polomar knot and made sure to wet the line before cinching.

The hybrid flouro/mono lines have given me nothing but trouble.




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Jeff you ae right. I forgot to add that in there, I do the same as well. It helps save money. I have always tied my mono and my braid together with a blood knot. Has anyone els used a diffent know to fuz the two lines together.

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 Originally Posted By: LOVELACE LAKE
Jeff you ae right. I forgot to add that in there, I do the same as well. It helps save money. I have always tied my mono and my braid together with a blood knot. Has anyone els used a diffent know to fuz the two lines together.


I thought I was the only one to use a monofilament leader on braided line. \:\)

Here's what I use. It's a variation of the whip knot. Not at all bulky, and pretty easy to tie. Just pretend the rope is your super braid. Be sure to keep every turn tight, and it will break before it slips off.




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Thank you i will have to try this on. never have seen it done, but looks like it would work.

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 Originally Posted By: bobad
 Originally Posted By: LOVELACE LAKE
Jeff you ae right. I forgot to add that in there, I do the same as well. It helps save money. I have always tied my mono and my braid together with a blood knot. Has anyone els used a diffent know to fuz the two lines together.


I thought I was the only one to use a monofilament leader on braided line. \:\)

Here's what I use. It's a variation of the whip knot. Not at all bulky, and pretty easy to tie. Just pretend the rope is your super braid. Be sure to keep every turn tight, and it will break before it slips off.




Actually on my salt water rig I used a Mono to pre-load the spool, Braid to fill it, and about a 3 foot length of much larger (30-50lb) mono leader leading to the hook. Gave the line a little stretch at the end and seemed to work well with some of the bait shy fish. I used the blood knot on the mono leader and a blood knot or a surgeons knot on the pre-loaded portion. Thank God I'm not the only nut using 2 types of line. I just knew that old man was laughing at the thought of me doing that everytime he saw me on the beach. \:D


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I have tried a bunch of different braids in the salt. I like Suffix the most

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I use red Cajun line as backing on both spinning and baitcasting
reels, this way if you are getting to the end of your braid, it
it easy to see. I have had a number of fisherman ask me what it
wrong with the drag on their spinning reel, when they have it cinched down and line still comes off. Invariabley they have filled with braid only. The drag is tight, it is the braid spinning on the arbor of the spool without at least a few turns
of mono to hold it.


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the stick,

Do you use braid in your spinning reels? I've heard it isn't so great for that. Do you like it OK?

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At least one of the super braids says to start spooling with mono in the instructions, I think it was Fireline.



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The biggest complaint I've heard from those who use braided line is that it wraps around the end of the rod (and especially the last eye or two) much easier and more often than mono.


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There is definitely a learning curve when switching from mono. I've been using Crystal Fireline for about a year now and I rarely get tangled. I'm hooked on the sensitivity that a non stretch line gives. I also love the abrasion resistance.



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bobad, yes I use Fireline on most of my spinning equipment. I agree with everything GW said above. I like to set the hook,
so I use a lighter drag setting and a bit lighter rods then when
I used to use mono.


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 Originally Posted By: bobad
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Do you use braid in your spinning reels? I've heard it isn't so great for that. Do you like it OK?


I don't know about Stick but all I fish with are spinning rods. Works fine for me.


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