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Author Topic: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.  (Read 1361 times)

Offline Split toe

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Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« on: January 26, 2016, 03:22:18 PM »
It's getting that time of year to get the fishing gear ready, which includes cleaning and changing line on your reels. There are so many types of line on the market today sometimes it hard to determine just what to use. There is four basic types of line.

Monofilament...Without a doubt it is the most popular used fishing line on the market today. It is a good value when you have a lot of reels to fill and it's fairly cheap to use. It has it draw back however as it has a memory (line will coil easily) and is stretchy. When ever fishing a jig or plastic baits (worms, lizards, etc) your will miss a lot of subtle strikes. It's a good line when fishing crankbaits or fishing for panfish with live baits.

Copolymer...It offers less stretch, more impervious to the elements, lower memory and is a thinner diameter than mono. It has extreme castability, offer superior knot strength and has a high abrasion resistance. Excellent all around fishing line work well on spinning and baitcaster reels.

Fluorocarbon...This line is heavy and dense, while mono and copolymer lines tend to float fluorocarbon sinks. It disappears under water and is an excellent line when fishing extremely clear water. It offers low memory,good sensitivity, and much less stretch. Better suited for use with a baitcaster  than a spinning reel. It is stiff and often will continue to come of a spinning reel after the cast.

Braid...This line has zero stretch and is extremely sensitive. It has a small diameter and is very strong. It is not a good line to use in clear water as it highly visible and should be fished with a fluorocarbon leader. Works very well on spinning reels as it has no memory and will not twist up.

What lines do you use? I've been fishing for years and have tried just about every line on the market for all types of applications. After much trial and error these are my favorite fishing lines.There is no one perfect line but we have plenty of options on the market today.

Monofilament...Bass Pro Shops XPS or Extreme
Copolymer...Silver Thread and McCoy's Mean Green
Fluorocarbon...Sun Line and Seaguar
Braid...Power Pro Super8Slick and Gamma 
« Last Edit: January 26, 2016, 03:30:22 PM by Split toe »
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Re: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2016, 03:45:30 PM »
I use Mccoys mean green.  I have to buy it online.  But it is the best I have ever used.  Low memory and tough as it gets.
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Re: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2016, 03:46:40 PM »
fluro for bass fishing when I'm throwing anything other than a buzzbait or frog then I use braid for that.

I use mono crappie fishing
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Re: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2016, 04:21:39 PM »
I use whatever Splittoe has, it's cheaper that way.
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Re: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2016, 05:37:17 PM »
 ^^&&$%GT  My favorite fishing line has a fish on it!  @--0--0123 Or a mussel!   --099-780 Or a...  ##$#@#$%

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Re: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2016, 05:50:44 PM »
I was turned on to P-LINE by a bass pro at least 10 years back. I mostly use their flouro-clear or CX. I use this for just about all my spinning reels. don't get the CXX. it's terrible. they do make VOLTAGE which is their co-polymer I have yet to try

in the spring, I will occasionally use Berkley fireline when there is a lot of debris in the water and the water is dirty

for musky I use a super braid. 20lb diameter w/ 80lb test. I don't need 80lb, but anything smaller diameter is tough to get backlashers out.(not that that ever happens :-)) i'm tiring TUFF-LINE this year. I've tired several and had good luck w/ all of them
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Re: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2016, 06:31:04 PM »
Mono for crappies gills and perch.  Works the best with slip bobbers.  Fire line for walleye, pike, small and largemouth bass
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Re: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2016, 06:33:46 PM »
i use power pro for everything, don't fish a lot of rock beds unless I go back to canada so usually don't get tangled into many snags
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Re: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2016, 12:41:01 PM »
I use trylene extra tough no problems.
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Re: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2016, 12:56:04 PM »
I use FireWire on just about everything, Northerns and Walleye are the main catch up here, then Perch.
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Re: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2016, 01:33:47 AM »
Seguar Fluoro in the yellow box is the best I've found, ever.  I use it for cranks, plastics and anything else below the surface.  Braid for topwater.
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Re: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2016, 12:12:37 PM »
Have used all of them but copolymer over the years, and each one is fine for its purpose.  Will need to try some copolymer though based on what I'm hearing.  Haven't done much fishing in recent years, but really hope to change that.
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Re: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2016, 03:12:11 PM »
Mono, since all i fish for is crappies!! ^^&&$%GT     ##$%#1115
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Re: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2016, 06:39:19 PM »
I use whatever Splittoe has, it's cheaper that way.
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Re: Fishing Line...tools of the trade, what's your favorite.
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2016, 02:46:25 PM »
I bass fish mainly, almost exclusively. I use Fluro for crankbaits and worm fishing as it allows the crankbaits down to their depth quicker and easier. I use it worm fishing most of the time due to its strength and abrasion resistance over mono and I use mono for most of my topwater fishing, unless I'm in a lot of lilly pads or something.
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