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Understanding diffrent fishing line
« on: May 16, 2006, 09:24:38 PM »

Trying to learn the advantages and disadvantages to diffrent kinds of fishing line. I know there is monofilament, flourocarbons, and braids, but I'm really interested in there stregnths and weaknesses. Why would one swap from one to the other?
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Re: Understanding diffrent fishing line
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2006, 11:39:10 PM »

APPLICATION dictates usage:  ie. Braids have a tendency to float
                                               Monofilaments stretch
                                               Flurocarbons act like Braids in that
                                               they don't stretch much, but also
                                               act like mono's as they will sink
                                               Co-Polymers will stretch some, not
                                               as much as mono though.........

Then you have to look at what will the elements do to them: ie Sun
Braids---no effect
Fluro's---not much effect as the UV rays don't penetrate
Mono's---The sun hurts them
Co-Poly--Sun hurts them too

Abrassion Resisitance also comes into play, areas being fished and conditions your casting into....................

There are alot of variables that come into play and when you really consider them all---It comes down to what YOU are comfortable with and your $$$$ Pocketbook can afford

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Re: Understanding diffrent fishing line
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2006, 02:58:26 PM »

 i think okuma said it best, but left out "memory" every line has a memory, braids have almost none. i got so tired of mono on my spinning reels curling up on me i switched to fireline. you will need to use a mono backing, however. braids also add alittle more "feel" as far as sensitivity goes. and last longer, i've got the same stuff on i had last year, i'll probably put fresh on after the season. a thinner dia. on braids will help your lures run to their max depth, also you can cast farther. sometimes a manufacturer will suggest a certain knot for a line, but i've had no problem with the trilene knot on fireline.


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Re: Understanding diffrent fishing line
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2006, 11:55:50 PM »

okuma and duckdummy made some good points. i just want to add something. as okuma mentioned, when selecting line you will want to take into account what kind of setup you use and the style of fishing you like. as okuma pointed out all lines have their ups and downs. is this intended for a baitcaster or a spinning reel? is this setup used for fishing structure, dropoffs, trolling, or an all-around setup?

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Re: Understanding diffrent fishing line
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2006, 12:50:51 AM »

Hi Stevebro......you are correct...no one line fits every technique... thanks for your input and welcome to the Ultimate Bass family....if you have any problems finding anything just let someone know...they will be glad to help you get to where you want to go....don't forget to sign up for the new member contest .....again welcome on board...glad you are apart of the family at Ultimate Bass..........

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Re: Understanding diffrent fishing line
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2006, 03:40:56 AM »

Something else to think about is kink strength (which also effects knot strength) and the effects of heat on a line.
If you use a lighter line and a light drag, you can in effect generate alot of heat, co-polymers and floros in general don't like that much.
Polymers, floros, and monos aren't real happy with kinks, and that can be a bummer with a big hit.
As you can see, there are many variables involved, you might want to peruse through the threads here to get some valuable information about each particular line.
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