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Braided line on spinning reels

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Hopefully not covered just yesterday, but I'm too lazy to do a search plus maybe there's some new info floating around. What got me thinking about this is after buying some Sufix braid the package claimed it works great on spinning reels. I've been down the spinning reel/braided line road before and sometimes it works pretty good most of the time and sometimes its a nightmare. I know a cheap reel and lots of hard casting with say an inline spinner is a recipe for disaster, but bottom line is I switched all spinning reels to either fireline or mono. Its been several years so my question is there a particular brand of braided line to try, certain helpful hints, or should I stick with the fireline and mono? Thanks, later.

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I fish spiderwire fusion on my few spinnering reels that I need braid for. It casts good because it is smooth on the outside, but there is one problem. I have had a hard time finding it lately because I think that quit making it. So if anybody has any other options I could use some help there too.

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As always you'll need to do something to make sure you get a knot that doesn't slip. I have had good fortune with Stren superbraid. Powerpro once and a while gets a little loose but in general has been pretty good. The main thing is don't be casting light lures all day, try to throw heavier baits with a little more resistance on retrieve once in a while to help it spool tightly again. I found earlier braids to be very poor casting line on spinning reels, and I also went back to mono. The newer braids seem to cast a lot smoother and overall they have a lot fewer problems.

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 Originally Posted By: VahnTitrio
I have had good fortune with Stren superbraid.

I'll second that. I have not had a problem with this line. Also use fire line for jigging walleyes now and then and it seems to work great.

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Coots- I use braid on a few of my spinning rod set ups and have to admit, I have never had a problem. The only time I have had trouble with braid is casting heavy lures. If you backlash with heavy lures it tends to cut its self and send the lure into outer space...

But never had a problem on spinning reels.

FYI-I usually use Power Pro.

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I us a lot of power pro on my spinning reels and have no problems. Make sure your rod & reel, lure weight and line diameter are balanced. IE Dont use 20# test on 1/8 oz jigs.

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I've had Spiderwire on my two primary spinning reels for a few years, never had an issue. actually I rarely take out a reel with mono on it any more.

if budget permitted I'd put braid on all of the rods, with maybe a mono shock leader if anything.

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I also would put my 2 cents in on the Power Pro!! I have been using it for several years now on the river and REALLY like how it performs. Unlike a lot of the braids, it is round and cast extremely well...even with lighter jigs/lures. Don't use much Mono anymore for my type of fishing, rather use floro in most of those cases.

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IMO Power Pro is better than Fireline. It doesn't frey, it is thinner in diameter, and smoother.

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Only difficulty I have with braided lines is that I like to change quickly and often. Braided line prohibits that to an extent (I tie direct w/o swivels). I also only have a couple rods to use and when I switch from 'eyes to pannies (or vice versa), it can be a pain.

I have Power Pro on my rigs right now, but am seriously considering going back to mono (or having at least 1 rod/reel of each).

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I use braided line on just about all my reels and do not have a problem with it but I know that other people that use my reels/rods have problems with it. The difference is how you close the bail. I close it by hand and pull on the string every time so there is no loose line. I don't think a more expensive reel will solve any problems because my reels are anywhere from $200 -$500 and my friends had problems with them, it is all in how you use them.

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PowerPro is all I use, spinning and casting reels. No issues.

I tried to carry that mentality over to the hard water and just got done pulling the braid off all my ice reels, way to much freeze up for me.

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Ive been fishing braided line steady for around eight years now.I use to use fireline but found alot of twisting and line frey when pulling spinners and casting.I switched to prowerpro about five years ago and thats about all I use for both hard and soft water applications.The best knot ive found to tie with is a palomar,simple and strong.For ice applications I always go with a florocarbon leader except for some of my walleye jigging sticks.2cnts

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eye ! i use PP on several of my spinning rods. to help with changing lures i carry one of the cheap trim knives in each of my lure boxes to cut the line with. no big deal changing jigs/lures. del

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About 12 years ago or more, I started using fireline on my walleye sinning rods. I found that I was having trouble hooking fish, so I went back to mono and/or floro. I'm sure I was setting the hook to hard and ripping their lips off. I've been using PP on bass rods and Musky rods and love it.

I'm thinking about trying braid on some of my spinning reels again. For the guys who use braid for jigging, do you use a mono or floro leader? Also, what's been your experience with fireline crystal?

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i use 1-8 PP on my spining rod for walleyes. i did learn fast to lighten the drag, as i was straightening out the hook with a tight drag.i love a braid since most of my fishing is below dams with lots of rocks.i just tie to the braid. no leader.

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I used Fireline Crystal last year jiggin and LOVED it. 6lb and it worked in clear water as well. I used 8lb for casting cranks and I liked it as well but I was just amazed at how much I liked it for jigging. Give it a try.

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Eyepatrol, I use braids on all my rods for guide trips. I use a mono leader line about 2ft long to change jigs quick.

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I have spiderwire on my jigging poles and love the stuff.

I thing you need to do is run a cotton ball thru the top eyelet and make sure you don't have any bad wear after a couple of season's.

Sifty

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I run PP on my spinning gear too. If you have excessive top guide wear order a silicone-carbide guide and heat the old one off. Glue the new one on w/ ferrule tite. That stuff is tough as nails.

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Just saw this thread, and I'm curious if anyone else has experienced what I did with braided lines. I pretty much only fish for walleyes, jigging, trolling and lindy rigging. When I tried braided lines for Lindy rigging a couple years ago, the ratio of hookups to bites dropped way off compared to mono. Thought at first it was just that day's bite, but through one whole summer, this was the case. Switching back and forth between mono and braided showed the difference quite dramtically. When using jigs (with immediate hook set), the opposite is the case; the no-stretch characteristics give a faster, harder hook set. I theorized that becasue the braided line has no stretch or "give", that the fish feel the pull immediately, and drop the bait, where with mono, the inherent stretch allows me time to feel the bite and open the bail so fish keeps on eating the live bait. Please comment and explain if you have similar experience.

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That makes sense. I have never fished for walleye with anything but mono of fluoro before...sonds like I'll be sticking to 'em.

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I used to use power pro on a lot of my reels both spinning and casting. I am in the process of switching all of my reels with power pro to suffix braid. In my opinion there is no comparison between the power pro and suffix. The suffix is smoother, rounder, cast farther, and tangles way less. The suffix is also much stronger than power pro of compareable strenth rating. When using 80lb power pro for catfishing It was no problem for me to wrap the line around a "stick" that I made and break the line. With suffix I had to start using power pro or mono leaders because I could not break the 80lb suffix. I would usually pull the 25lb richter anchor loose. The new ultra cast spider wire looks like it would work very well on spinning reels too. It comes in a variety of colors including a semi-clear, similar to fireline crystal.

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I use braided on ALL my spinning rods. Some clients are new to fishing and it makes the day go better for both me and the clients. Definetly trouble free using Suffix.

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I am one of the biggest fans of PowerPro around for baitcasters, but I really don't like it for spinning setups. I use 3lb diameter/8lb test Fireline for all my bass fishing. I think you could break most rods before you break this stuff. But when it comes to baitcasting setups I don't like Fireline.

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