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Need to Re-spool.....
« on: April 04, 2020, 08:21:58 AM »

Iíve always used to original Stren on all of my reels, I do however get mystery break offs while casting from time to time. I feel like I get good life out of the Stren and overall no other issues to speak of....it does however leave me wondering, is there something better out there? I use braid for certain applications on some setups, but am wondering, should I re-spool with a different mono or maybe even give fluoro a shot?

Help me out here guys!


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Re: Need to Re-spool.....
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2020, 08:34:21 AM »

Line choice depends a lot upon the type of environment you are fishing.  For the past few years I have depended upon braid for all of my needs but it might not be the best solution for your particular conditions.  Tell us a little more about the water you are fishing and the typed of rods and reels you are using.
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Re: Need to Re-spool.....
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2020, 10:30:07 AM »

"Something better"?  Maybe. If you're happy with the Stren, but you have random break offs, I would try to narrow down why the break offs might happen. Many factors could contribute to why you have break offs, including but not limited to:

Sun damage
Length of time on the reel
Compromised through abrasion
Compromised through nicks caused by a backlash, or backlashes

If you can mitigate some or all of these factors, you might figure out why those random break offs aren't so random.

Having said that, if you're interested in trying something new, Berkely Trilene Big Game is almost universally liked. If you're interested in a copoly line, Yo-Zuri Hybrid is a good option IMO. Both of these lines are widely available at local fishing stores.
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Re: Need to Re-spool.....
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2020, 11:09:39 AM »

Ande is excellent and cheap. German made mono and a 1000 yard spool isnt much at all. Mono prices have dropped with most people using flurocarbon.
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Re: Need to Re-spool.....
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2020, 02:26:23 PM »

You may be going to long without retying, casting and pulling against the knot, no matter how gentle, does stress it a bit, line does wear out.with use.
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Re: Need to Re-spool.....
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2020, 07:23:44 PM »

I would definitely give fluoro a try. I use it for 80% of my fishing techniques, with braid and mono making up the other 20%.

Take a look at switching lines to K9 Fishing Line. Our forum Admin/Owner Mike has been using K9 lines for some time and has only good things to say about it. I'm planning on switching over to K9 Fluoro myself in the near future.

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Re: Need to Re-spool.....
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2020, 10:05:59 PM »

I appreciate all of the replies guys, I guess what Iím really wondering, is what true benefits does having fluoro as a main line have vs mono? Iíve used fluoro in numerous other applications for a long time strictly as leaders, mostly for its ďinvisibilityĒ, but never really until now considered it as a mainline...
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Re: Need to Re-spool.....
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2020, 10:29:02 PM »

Even though I have a few rigs set up with braid and fluoro leaders, I don't always trust the extra knot especially around cover, so that is one reason why I like straight fluoro on most of my set ups. I also fish a lot of deeper water 20+ foot and deeper, so the more dense heavier fluoro gets down in the water better than mono, so having a straighter line from the rod to the hook.

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Re: Need to Re-spool.....
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2020, 09:50:16 PM »

So what benefits will I get going to fluoro vs mono as my main line? Is it worth the switch?


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Re: Need to Re-spool.....
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2020, 12:34:21 PM »

What do you usually fish for, what techniques do you tend to use and what is the water environment?  I ask because a lot of guys moved to braid because of vegetation.  Other like the floating of mono, but feel Flouro gets them deeper in the water.   
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Re: Need to Re-spool.....
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2020, 12:38:10 PM »

Just donít get cheap flouro, you will hate it. If you wanted to try a good but inexpensive flouro, tackle direct right now has a buy one get one sale on p-line tactical flouro, or k-9 flouro is always very reasonable and UB members get 10% off
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Re: Need to Re-spool.....
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2020, 06:01:04 PM »

Have you checked your guides with a Q-tip for bad spots?  Spinning or casting reels?  Fluoro sinks, mono floats.  Fluoro knot strength is not supposed to be as good as mono or co-polymers.  The one time I had to break fluoro from a snag the knot held up fine.  However, when you stretch fluoro enough to break it, you probably will have to cut off a few extra feet of line.  At least I had to.  Line spit and frayed for a 2-3 feet.  Also from what I've read, fluoro doesn't 'spring' back when stretched.  Also a kink in fluoro is a spot looking to break on the first decent fish you hook.  Or not so decent.   :)

There are a lot of good lines.  If you want to try something new, give Seige, XXX, McCoy Mean Green or Yo-Zuri (to name a few) a try.

A friend (ex-tournament fisherman) of mine told me when Spiderwire Ultracast Ultimate Mono came out that he felt it was the best mono on the market at that time.  He did admit that it had a bit more memory and he liked to stay at 8# or less for spinning reels.

If you are looking for maximum abrasion resistance, give P-Line CXX or Izorline Platinum a shot.  Be forewarned that abrasion resistance comes with a price.  Memory.
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Re: Need to Re-spool.....
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2020, 07:04:15 AM »

flourocarbon line, contrary to what the makers say, does stretch as much as mono, unlike mono it doesn't rebound, you need to retie more often. There are advantages to flouro, it sinks which in medium to deep water is and advantage and it seems to be more abrasion resistant, some say it's more sensitive than mono. Try it, it's the only way you'll know for sure if it's for you. One of the best words to know for fishing is experiment.
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