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I recently bought the Spider Wire Stealth Glow-Vis 50# braid for my froggin rig.

 

I have fished it for just over a week but fished it a lot. It did have a really nice dark green color to it but now, the amount that I cast is basically getting white, or very light green. Does this light line need to be trimmed or should I just keep fishing it? Not sure if Bass are really that line shy but it seem highly visible on the surface. It did not stop two piggies from hitting yesterday though, but that was two strikes in about 3 hours of fishing.

 

Is there a general rule for braided line and when you should trim it back or put new stuff on? Or is there a better brand I should be buying where this discoloration will not happen so fast?

 

 

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I don't believe discoloration has an effect on the tensile or knot strength of a line. As long as the line feels limp enough for use, I would continue to use it. If you are worried about visibility you could take a sharpie marker to recolor the discolored length of line.

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I keep my braid on for about 2 months and I have no problems at all! I sometimes get a little worried but its not anything to freak out about. Hope this helped!

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All braids will start losing their color pretty fast. Just take a sharpie to it if it bothers you. I just leave it as is. You can leave braid on your reel for a very long time.

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My general braid use-

I run straight braid and just retie down the line as I change lures. This I do for one season then during off season take line off turn and use the other end. I continue to do this till the line gets too short to use make a full cast. All braids I have used last me many years 4 to10+.

Of course new braids come out that I want to try so I now have used spools of braid hanging waiting for maybe a spur of the moment reel purchase.

 

On my 10+ year old 10# power pro Ive tested the strength of it and it still holds to 14# at least.

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Leader is optional.  Fading doesn't bother me, I don't think the braid color makes much difference, except if one is line watcher. I'm using green and orange is freshwater, green, orange and yellow in salt.  Durability is dependent on where your'e fishing.  Heavy timber, canal sides with rough brush, bridges, cement pylons, over reefs,  it will need to be trimmed back from time to time.  Pond fishing, open water with natural vegetation without a lot of hard stuff, should last a while.

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Spiderwire was the first kitestring to enter the angling arena.

In their original TV commercial, a fisherman using Spiderwire gets snagged in a mature oak tree,

then proceeds to pull the whole tree down into the lake   :rolleyes7:

 

Since its *** though, most anglers have abandoned Spiderwire and Fused lines

and followed polyethylene technology up to today's 8-member braids like Trilene Pro Braid,

Sufix 832 & Seguar Smackdown. Braided polyethylene lasts indefinitely, and I never think about replacing it.

Of course, constantly pruning the last foot-&-half of frayed line will eventually take its toll.

I only re-spool when I start seeing too much exposed reel spool, which usually takes around 3 years or so.

 

I don't pay any attention to line visibility, and never add a leader (business end stays knot-free).

Seeing your line is important for strike detection, and I'm told it also helps bass follow the line to the bait...LOL

Never use braided line that has the same diameter as your plastic worm,

otherwise bass will strike the line instead of the worm   :grin:

 

Roger

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All good info. Thanks everyone!

 

New to the world of braid. I never thought I would need something like that. If I have to above 4x on my leader on the fly rod I would start to feel guilty because I was making it too easy. That was a thing with us fly fishers. We loved bragging about landing big fish on tiny leader.

 

My best was a 20" bow on the San Juan on 6x tippet nymphing with a size 20 midge. Look up the size of that rig LOL! it's a helluva fight where you cannot make any mistakes...

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All colored braid will fade, doesn't change anything. Braid will stay on my reel until there is not enough to left to fish properly, even if that means years of use.

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Braid will fade it's just part of its characteristics. I have an 8 combo arsenal for all of my fishing and braid is on every single one of them. Life expectancy for braid for me is between one and two years. Sometimes your line can loose strength when it fades but that's just line that's been frayed. If you start breaking off just trim some line off and retie. The only reason I ever have to respool is just from loosing a few inches of line everytime I retie.

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IMO spiderwire is not very tough at all and I don't like it. That being said even with pro power I'm cutting off frayed line and re-tieing a good bit...

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