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i am thinking of trying some power pro slick after snapping my nanofil 8 lbs test twice with trout on then this week. i was told that you have to change braid every year, is this true? what is a good size for every day use.

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Change it every year? I have braid that is at least 4 years old and still very usable.

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what is a good size for every day use.

Some more knowledgeable members will surely chime in, but it really depends on what your "every day" use is. If you are flipping heavy cover every day, then you want some heavy duty braid, maybe 65#. If you are fishing clear open water every day, that same 65# would be over kill.

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20# for spinning, 50# for casting.

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i was told that you have to change braid every year, is this true? what is a good size for every day use.

That would be news to me. I have to disagree. I think it depends on the quality, how much its used. The thing you want to look for is line fray. My personal preference, I like Sufix braid in low vis green. It has a really dark coating on it that seems to be a little stiff, but after a trip or two to the water it will soften up really nice. I use a little KVD conditioner on it too when I spool it. Power Pro is another good choice. The line diameter is just as crucial to think about versus just the LB line you're using. 20lb braid (Sufix) is equal to 6lb mono diameter, .011 or something like that from what I can recall, but its so much stronger than mono. Way more sensitive too. I'd say try anything from 12 to 20 to start with. For trout...probably lighter I would think. I dont know much about trout fishing except they taste great. I went on a Rainbow Trout trip on the White River. Not my cup of tea, but worth it for the freezer.

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10# in freshwater, 15# in slop for spinning.

15 # or 20# for saltwater, also spinning.

We have a 12 month season here, freshwater braid lasts me a bout a year or 2, saltwater inshore reels get a complete respool about every 3 months, I never use backing. I just respooled my offshore spinning reel this morning, old line was fine but was down to about 150 yds, spool holds 325 yd of 30#, no backing or adding line there either, I want straight braid all the way.

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I use 30# Power Pro on spinning gear and 50# Power Pro on casting gear. After a few years of use, remove it and spool it on the opposite way you too it off, and use it for another few years.....

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I use Shimano spinning gear, and run 10lbs test braid on my 1000 size reel's, 15 lbs test on 2500 size and 20 lbs test on 4000 size. I say this because if you were running Non it is made for spinning reels only! I think 10lbs test Fierline Tracer Braid, with a 6 or 8 lbs test Seguar Fluoro leader! try it and tell me it ain't what the doctor ordered! I take it this is gin clear water and smaller trout if your going with 8 lbs test nano?? The 10lbs is 2lbs mono is diameter and is like having a strike indicator every 29", I use a Blood Knot to join about 10'- 12' of leader for very clear water. The blood knot flows better than most knots as it is tapered at both ends, I like it much better than the double uni-knot.

On other reels I go as heavy as 65lbs Braid on my Ct400B Calcuttas for pike and Muskie, and have had the same line on those reals for 4 years, you have to remember, Braid is unafected by UV rays, climate, cold or hot, dosn't absorb water and doesn't rot, has absolutely no memory so it is easy to run off and turn it around when it is getting frayed and it has to get really bad frayed to be week, I have another 3 - 4 years for this same line so for 30 dollars I have 150 yards of the best line on 2 reels that last for 6-8 years, kinda cheap if you think about it.

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#50 Power Pro on my Curado and Chronarch 200e7

#30 Power Pro on my Chronarch 50mg and Ci4 2500

I use a cheap mono backing and sometimes will use a F/C leader. I have a couple reels that have had the braid on it for a couple years and still work great.

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