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Copolymer...my Thoughts So Far.

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After many many breakoffs at the local creek, my 8lb trilene was getting low on my reel. I only fish worms and craws t-rigged here because of all the limbs and fallen trees in the creek...I first went with some fluoro line....this is on my med-light spinning gear...I hated it. Tried a couple different line weights...still hated it.

I had some braid laying around, and not the best in a shallow creek. I decided to go with 8lb pline copolymer.

Glad I did. Casts great, very low memory, if any, and strong. Literally straightened out a couple hooks on branches, and got them out...even the 10lb braid I am sure would have snapped. Anyway, very good sensitivity, and the price is right. 300yds for like 8 or 9 bucks. No more mono on this creek rod and reel.

If you have not tried it, I would recommend giving copolymer a shot. What's the worst that can happen? 

 

 

EDIT!!! spooled up with 8lb NOT 10lb...forgive me, I am old, and can't remember much past yesterday. :)

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P-Line makes so nice line. I am guessing you are talking about CX as I think that is a copoly I think. Copoly is great line and there are a few brands that are highly recommended and are the best overall lines you can get.

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I use 10 lb cxx on my baitcasters but that wight can be like a spring on spinning gear. I need to give cx a try

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I've used SilverThread ever since it hit the market.  Never a problem.

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I'm a big fan of low stretch lines and the line category that typically stretches much less than fluorocarbon and mono are co-polymers...

 

There are 2 Co-polys I mainly use:

 

1) Yo-Zuri Hybrid.  Very low stretch, abrasion resistant, strongest non-braid I have used.   It doesn't float like mono and it doesn't sink like flouro - it has been referred to by others on this site as "neutrally buoyant" and I think that is accurate.  My point is it doesn't seem to be much of a negative to me in terms of sink rate vs. fluorocarbon and it is less stretch, stronger, better knots, etc than fluoro.  

 

The one knock against YH is that it is a little thicker in diameter (8 pound test is .011).  So I use it for applications you need an extra tough line and diameter is less important.  My other co-poly choice is:

 

2) P-Line CX Premium.  It is the only low stretch AND thin diameter line I have found and like.  (8 pound diameter is .009).  When you need something a little stealthier, finesse, etc this is my go-to line.  

 

 

Like other posters have said, you have to try out what works for you.  Keep experimenting, there is no perfect line or we would all be using it and it would be $75 per spool ~

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I guess i need to give CX another try.  Maybe I got a bad batch years ago.  I liked the way it handled, but it snapped too easy on hooksets.  I used the 10# for senkos.

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I'm a big fan of low stretch lines and the line category that typically stretches much less than fluorocarbon and mono are co-polymers...

 

There are 2 Co-polys I mainly use:

 

1) Yo-Zuri Hybrid.  Very low stretch, abrasion resistant, strongest non-braid I have used.   It doesn't float like mono and it doesn't sink like flouro - it has been referred to by others on this site as "neutrally buoyant" and I think that is accurate.  My point is it doesn't seem to be much of a negative to me in terms of sink rate vs. fluorocarbon and it is less stretch, stronger, better knots, etc than fluoro.  

 

The one knock against YH is that it is a little thicker in diameter (8 pound test is .011).  So I use it for applications you need an extra tough line and diameter is less important.  My other co-poly choice is:

 

2) P-Line CX Premium.  It is the only low stretch AND thin diameter line I have found and like.  (8 pound diameter is .009).  When you need something a little stealthier, finesse, etc this is my go-to line.  

 

 

Like other posters have said, you have to try out what works for you.  Keep experimenting, there is no perfect line or we would all be using it and it would be $75 per spool ~

 

Great post. Last sentence is spot on.

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i use mccoy on everything except one setup with braid. love the stuff

 

Just put 15lb McCoy mean green on 2 reels this season.  I am liking it so far.

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Please excuse my ignorance regarding the co-polymer line subject, but is co-polymer the same as co-filament.  I remember Stren selling a co-filament line called "Prime" and may still sell it. I used it back in the late 80's,  mainly because Bill Dance pushed it at the time.  But I did like the "Prime" line.

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I bought some mccoys 12lb and loaded it up on my spinnerbait rig. I like that too!

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I tried P-Line CXX a few years ago and really liked it.  It did get stiff over time but overall I was really pleased.

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Iv`e tried 6lb on my drop shot rod but did not like it and switched back to red label.I mite try 10lb for cranking though.

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CXX is the way to go. Spend the $10 and invest in a bottle of KVD L&L. It will make a world of difference. Memory is a lame complaint in my eyes about not liking a line. There's is nothing you can do about stretch or sensitivity but memory is a different story.

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