Braid on Spinning Reel?

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2008/01/21 16:15:10 (permalink)

Braid on Spinning Reel?

Has anyone tried this? I was thinking about putting some 10lb. braid with a 4lb. diameter on my ultra light. Thought it was a good idea, just don't want to waste my money if it doesn't work.
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    spoonchucker
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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/21 16:20:46 (permalink)
    I use fireline on mine. Like anything is has pros, and cons. No memory, tough ( I seldom lose a spoon tied direct ) , never  lose a float attached above a flouro leader. Very hard on rod tips, very wind resistant, and hard to mend even in smaller diameters, holds water, and ices up more than mono.

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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/21 16:24:53 (permalink)
    I switched to Power Pro 5 years ago and I haven't used mono since. It will change the way you fish.
    You will like it....

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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/21 16:28:35 (permalink)
    Does it twist up or get loops on the reel a lot?
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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/21 16:33:52 (permalink)
    It never twists'. Infact you don't even need a swivel with spoons.
     
    However, you will get a few wind knots every now and again. To prevent this, close the bail manually and don't reel up too much slack line.
     
    PP braid doesn't damage my guides either. Make sure you lighten up the drag though, to make up for the zero stretch or you will pull a lot of hooks out.
     
    Also, PP ends up cheaper than mono in the long run. I use to re-spool several time a year when using mono, but with PP I only re-spool once a year. And thats just because I like fresh line, not because it goes bad. And I fish 2-3 times a week all year long.
     
    Use it and you will like it.

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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/21 16:35:24 (permalink)
    Oh ya one more thing.....
     
    A regular clinch knot will not work on PP. It's way too smooth. Uni knots work best.

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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/21 16:38:19 (permalink)
    Power Pro is probably the best braided line.
    You will feel every little bump on the bottom and every little nibble with the right rod.
    Use the knot shown on the box or one of the ones in the pamplet that comes with it.
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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/21 16:41:23 (permalink)
    Once you put it on you will wear your arms out setting the hook on every bump from rocks or stumps...lol
    It takes a few fish to get use to..
     
    And NEVER grab the line, it will cut the hell out of you.

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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/21 16:45:53 (permalink)
    Do you use it with all of your spinning rods?
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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/21 16:47:15 (permalink)
    Yes.

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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/21 16:53:58 (permalink)
    I use Power Pro and Spider wire stealth for walleye and bass.  I genarally always use mono or floro as leader material.  Tiger braid for muskies.  All are great and the sensitivity is phenom.  I also used it for steelies this fall, but found that once the temps dropped, it ices up quicker and ices up on the spool.  Switched back to mono and floro when it got cold.  No stretch, no twist and little break offs...You also need to adjust your drag set accordingly.  Good Luck.

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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/21 17:05:32 (permalink)
    I use PowerPro on most of my spinning reels.  I like it alot.  I will get twists in it and occasionally I have had a problem with wind knots, but the good thing about the braided line is if you are patient, you usually can work the knots out and the line is fine.  Also, I use PowerPro and Fireline on my baitcasting reels with good success.  If you get a backlash, I have found you can usually pick it out. 
     
     

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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/21 17:47:39 (permalink)
    Put a layer of monofilament on the reel first, braided line has a tendency to slip. Anyway, I've always used Fireline. I especially like it for tightlining and vertical jigging walleyes, excellent sensitivity.
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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/21 18:27:52 (permalink)
    Ronnie84 is absolutley correct. I forgot to mention that.

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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/22 04:29:25 (permalink)
    I like power pro, sensitive and durable, but 2 other things you might want to take along are a pair of seratted scissors[clippers tear it ,dont cut it] and a hand towel[in case your hung up..put the towel over your hand with a couple of wraps and tug...], and if your first couple of casts arent up to par, dont give it up, ive noticed power pro casts alot nicier once its soaked

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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/22 05:02:58 (permalink)
    I have been using spiderwire for years. I actualy have the first spiderwire on a rod that has to be ten years old maybe more and it still as strong as ever and it being white/grey  from  the dye fading . Using Mono as backing  or use a piece for masking tape on the spool is essential. I just use the trilene knot but i double it up and never have a knot come lose. I have some fireline crystal on a couple reels to and works fine. If your fishing the bottom you should use a leader of some sort. all the braided line is almost impossible to break off.  Fishing top water striaght to the lure is the best bet.  hope this helps    Dave
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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/22 09:57:12 (permalink)
    I dont care for braids if i'm fishing for crappies and bluegills. Dont need that kind of strength and no stretch on them when i'm casting jigs. I've tried a few. Fireline, power pro, stren, and another i cant remember the name of right now. I catch my fish on mono. 4# clear for jigging panfish. On my bigger reels for vertical jigging blades, i have some fireline and power pro on a couple of them. I even use these reels when i slow troll spoons. I'll add a swivel and 18" of mono tied to the spoon tho. Why would you use it on an ULTRALIGHT. They're made to enjoy the fish on light line. Afraid to lose a jig? and tear up the brushpile pulling it loose.
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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/22 10:33:21 (permalink)
    Chauncy,
     
    I those applications it is not strenght folks are looking for. The stuff is so sensitive, you can feel if a fish is even looking hard at your bait.

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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/22 15:07:42 (permalink)
    I used Fireline on my personal pole for perching for a season.  Next season I switched my family's rigs over and what a difference!!!! I have to agree though...you will set the hook on every bit of structure you encounter for awhile.  IMO braid is a great invention.  I also use braid for cats, carp, burbot and sometimes steelies in the spring.  It has its quirks same as any other line.  Just my $.02 worth.

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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/22 18:16:15 (permalink)
    With the right rod, it's an unbeatable combination, especially when you're fishing over finicky fish. You feel your lure so much better, what it's doing and every little soft take. It can be the difference in catching in fish and not catching fish at times.
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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/23 10:16:34 (permalink)
    Sensitivity is a big advantage to using braided lines.  I like to fish for speckled and gray sea trout when I am at OBX and the sensitivity of these lines has made my success rate increase dramatically.  Most of the locals I know down there use some type of braided line, usually PowerPro or the newer Suffix braid.
     
    There are draw backs to the braids, but there are definitely advantages. 

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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/23 10:34:16 (permalink)
    The spinning on the spool can be corrected. It IS tough on clippers. When I use a swivel, and a flouro leader there is no need to cut it. So no problem. When I'm tying direct, I carry one of those small retractable razors ( $.99-$1.59 ), and change blades OFTEN.

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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/23 16:42:39 (permalink)
    I use braid too, when i'm perchin on erie but not casting for panfish. You guys can have that. I'm keepin my 4# mono. It works pretty good for me.
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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/23 19:31:23 (permalink)
      I'm keepin my mono too/; for panfish, cats, stripers, trout & steel.
     
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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/24 15:44:30 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: chauncy

    I dont care for braids if i'm fishing for crappies and bluegills. Dont need that kind of strength and no stretch on them when i'm casting jigs. I've tried a few. Fireline, power pro, stren, and another i cant remember the name of right now. I catch my fish on mono. 4# clear for jigging panfish. On my bigger reels for vertical jigging blades, i have some fireline and power pro on a couple of them. I even use these reels when i slow troll spoons. I'll add a swivel and 18" of mono tied to the spoon tho. Why would you use it on an ULTRALIGHT. They're made to enjoy the fish on light line. Afraid to lose a jig? and tear up the brushpile pulling it loose.

     
    Naaa I really just wanted to use it for the diameter because my ultralight doesn't have a great capacity and I just figured you couldn't be 10lb test with a 2lb diameter. It is a guide series microlight 2 and I think its probly the best ultra light out there.(for the price at least)
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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/24 18:22:17 (permalink)
    Whats it hold, 80 yds of 4# test? Thats plenty. 210 ft of line is plenty. If i'm fishing from shore i use a bigger setup but from a boat, thats plenty. A 330 yd spool of line will last me all season as i change my line about 3 times a season.
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    RE: Braid on Spinning Reel? 2008/01/24 19:00:04 (permalink)
    I tried it for the first time this year over the summer fishing salt water. (Sufix Performance braid) I liked it and even in sight of the usual first time user problems found it worked far better than the nightmare scenarios you read about on boards such as this. That being said when its spent (sometime down the road) I will return to co-polymer or fluorocarbon in the future I just like the way it feels better. Did you see Stren is coming out with an invisible braid this year? I use spinning gear exclusively.
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