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Bad Ice Fishing Line? What's the Best?


steeplechaser2

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I recently replaced ALL of my icefishing line. Instead of going with my head, I heeded the advice of a local salesman and am not pleased. In fact, I think I put a regular mono-line on instead of an iceline....I generally don't fish the braided lines because my sons have a tough time retying (ok...so do I) the new fangled knots. Is there a clear winner in the icefishing line category? Is Fluorocarbon the way to go? I'd like to buy the stuff in a larger spool...50 yd spools seem ridiculous to me.....any suggestions? The line I put on curled up like an obscene hair left on the toilet!

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I only use trilene green, 4-6 pound, summer and winter, 8 in the summer on walleye rigs. I cant say if its the best but it does work for me. I can definately tell a good reel from a cheap one with the line twisting and stuff but I guess I like what I like. To each is own.

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Don't listen to Late Night he's a Berkley rep. He maybe be undercover but, I know they are giving him free line smile

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I like a florocarbon leader off of a fireline main personally (late night special) ... but they say it really doesn't matter much on red. I just heard from a guy he uses braided up there even for crappie!

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Don't listen to Late Night he's a Berkley rep. He maybe be undercover but, I know they are giving him free line smile

Yeah, when you catch fish like I do the reps beg you to use there products sick.

I do like the 4 pound fire line on my jig rods with a 6 pound mono leader. I think it eliminates alot of strech. Not a big deal on Red but pulled perch form 30 feet on Mille Lacs it does matter.

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I like the blue line because I can see it fairly easy in the hole. I was told at cabela's that the trilene ice mono vs green XL is the same stuff just different color (and more expensive for the "ice" line). I have fished 8 poles at the same time many times the last 5 years with various lines and no extreme pattern emerged (fish with my 3 kids and can test different stuff). Some years the red did well and the next trip green and next trip blue. To a large degree I don't really think it matters, just get out and fish and put on fresh minnows often.

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anyone know if Trilene XL is the same stuff as the Micro-ice? This could save a lot of guys a lot of $$$$....shazammmm!!! Late night....since you have the company connections...any truth to this?

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Ahhh, not sure. Maybe I should clarify my "company conections." I give them money..... end of conections.

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