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I am finding that Yo-Zuri Hybrid is getting very hard to come by.  The places I do find it at (ebay), are very limited on the kinds of line they carry.  For some reason, it seems like YZH is going away

For my crankbait set up, I always used 12# YZH

For my plastics combo, I always used the ultra soft 12# YZH

 

Can anyone recommend a good replacement line that can take place of these two?

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Izorline XXX, or premium  I like premium for leader material for braid, more than a overall line. XXX i like for an overall line.

I don't use line conditioner

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I'd start using sunline fc sniper. 12 pound is a great line and I've used it and it's excellent.

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Pline CX is a good copoly line.  It replaced YZH for me.   As far as handling, abrasion resistance and stretch, it's probably somewhere between YZH and YZUS.

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I zorline xxx is awesome. I think it's more limp than YZH and you get 1500 yards compared to 600 for about the same price. breaking strength is also similar. 

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I'm telling you this, I try different lines every season in addition to my main lines. I don't use fluorocarbon anymore so for me it is mono and braid and for braid I tried most of what is available and after 832 came out I pretty much stuck with it but mono I tend to use Berkly Big Game on my cranking set up and experiment with others for everything else. Last season I used a line that has ended my search, Spider Wire Ultra Cast Ultimate Mono, not EZ mono but Ultimate Mono. The first thing you notice is the line diameter, it is thinner than most other mono and copolymer lines including Yo-Zuri Hybrid. The other thing you notice when fishing it is that for mono the stretch is really low, I'm saying I never, ever, use any nylon or fluorocarbon that had as little stretch as this line does. The other properties that make it worth while is the knot strength and abrasion resistance, both are excellent and the only knock on the stuff is that it has a little more memory than what I like but it responds really well to KVD line and Lure, 2 spritzes and you're good to go, but that is the only thing I found. The memory reminds me of fluorocarbon but it isn't as bad but more than other mono line but the ones with little to no memory tend to have more stretch and slightly larger diameters.

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Yo-Zuri is readily available. Google is your friend.

 

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I just ordered some 12# YZH at TW... Seem to always have it in stock there anyway..

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37 minutes ago, roadwarrior said:

Yo-Zuri is readily available. Google is your friend.

 

37 minutes ago, roadwarrior said:

 

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I did google yo-zuri.........i was looking for 600 yard spools, in 12# green, as well as 600 yard spools, in 12# ultra soft green

I was not seeing it.  I saw a bunch of 275 yard spools, but not large.

 

 

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Berkley Big game for mono 12# all the way!

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5 minutes ago, roadwarrior said:

I saw all those, but they are clear.

I'm looking for the green line

 

ok, let me ask this.......

I always used the green line to match the water color of the lakes in my area.  Is there any disadvantage in going the clear color route?  Or does it really not matter?

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I actually prefer Smoke or Purple Smoke for stained water, Green for clear water and (usually) Clear because it compliments my rods & reels better! I REALLY don't think it makes a difference to the fish. If you have to have green, give the Izorline XXX a try, I think you will like it a lot.

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9 minutes ago, roadwarrior said:

I actually prefer Smoke or Purple Smoke for stained water, Green for clear water and (usually) Clear because it compliments my rods & reels better! I REALLY don't think it makes a difference to the fish. If you have to have green, give the Izorline XXX a try, I think you will like it a lot.

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I should probably listen to you, afterall, you were the one that turned me on to yo-zuri hybrid when i started fishing in 2009 :)

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2 hours ago, crankbait2009 said:

I always used the green line to match the water color of the lakes in my area.  Is there any disadvantage in going the clear color route?  Or does it really not matter?

next time you hit the lake, take a glass from your kitchen with you.  put some lake water in there and observe closely.  if the water is in fact green, i'd call the center for disease control and get out of there quickly :D

i don't think it matters a bit to the fish.  if my yellow and green braid still call them in, i doubt a small difference in translucent tints will change things.

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ha ha, It is clear when pulled out, Iv'e done it, but when you look in to the water, it has a greenish tint.  I went ahead and ordered the clear line, I have no issues with the performance of the line, just the visual.....

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I always buy whatever one I can find the best deal on. It might be clear,smoke, or green. I've never noticed a difference. I always seem to get the clear the most because it's always available in 6-12lb from the same place for a good price. The last time I stocked up I payed $7 per 600yd spool with free shipping. I bought 8 spools so I'll be good for the next year or more.

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Okay guys, I'm going with your recommendations for Izorline xxx. Just ordered some from TW, along with some jigs, plastics, oil and other items to get over the $50.00 hump for free shipping. It better be all you say it is....lol.

Hootie

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The first thing you will notice is the lack of memory...very impressive. 

 

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No matter how many lines I try, the latest and greatest $50 lines..braid and flouro... I keep coming back to Berkley XL and Mccoy Mean Green in the end. I feel kinda cheated that I blew all that cash on the marketing hype.

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Try mccoy's. I like the extra clear for everything or even their fluoro for pitching. Been using that line for about 5 years never had a issue with it and don't have plans to have any either... knock on wood. Find it on tackle warehouse, ebay, or Fishermans Heaven online. Have yet to see a store around me to carry it. But fishermans heaven deals with that line exclusively.

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43 minutes ago, *Hootie said:

Okay guys, I'm going with your recommendations for Izorline xxx. Just ordered some from TW, along with some jigs, plastics, oil and other items to get over the $50.00 hump for free shipping. It better be all you say it is....lol.

Hootie

Nice! My favorite line, nothing agaist YZH I use that too. I think you'll like it. It's surprisingly limp, I use 15lb for jigs and 12lb (20+ and 17+ break strength) for traps and spinnerbaits. Good deal for how much line you get too!

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Crankbait, as  you note, you have opened Pandora's Box regarding fishing line.

There are just too many brands and types of fishing lines out there for anyone to give you the best ones for the way and where you fish.

So here is my input:

1. Old days we used mono for its stretch for treble hook fishing. All other presentations were fluorocarbon or braid.

2. Today, believe it or not, some fluorocarbon lines have more stretch than mono lines. So the pros are now using fluorocarbon lines, or hybrids of such, for their all around fishing.

3. You need a good line for Ohio fishing. To meet this goal you have to remember that all fishing lines have their strengths and weaknesses and everyone has an opinion about what they are using now. Next week their input could change but for now, the snapshots above will give you some guidance and a lot of confusion.

4. If you can attend a fishing expo in your area or speak with a local guide who does not represent any line manufacturers they can give you some excellent advice for which lines are best in your area for the techniques/baits you use.

5. Experiment this year. Make it a goal to try different lines for different presentations and decide on your own which lines you like and don't like.

Good luck and in the fall how about posting your results for all of us to read and enjoy and open Pandora's Box all over again.

Happy New Year!

 

 

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