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I am relining my spinning reel with braid with a flouro leader. I want to have a 10 pound flouro leader. I was planning on buying 10 pound braid, but it said below it that it had a diameter of 4 pound flouro. The only braid that matched the diameter of 10 pound flouro would be 30 pound braid. Do I buy the 30 pound braid or 10 pound braid?

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I need to order some braided line for a couple of my reels. I'm kind of confused with the braided line poundage/test system. Can someone explain it to me?

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Found this awhile back. Hope it helps.

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There's no system. Each brand is a little different. The chart posted above is a good starting point but not 100% accurate across the board. 

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Let me ask a few questions. What size reel and what do you want to  use it for?  What lures will you be throwing?  Personally I use braid and a leader on all of the spinning reels that my wife and I fish.  We have settled on two different lines.  On rods that are 6 foot and 6 foot 6 inches ( these are medium lite and mediums) we spool up Berkley FireLine fused (it is the updated version of FireLine original in case you see some of that they are the same line). I use 14 pound test which is 6 pound equivalent in size. What I do is buy a big spool of decent but inexpensive mono or copolymer line and use it for backing. Sometimes I have a left over partial spool of copolymer from another spooling. An example would be like Bass Pro Excell fishing line. A 1200 yard spool of 12 or 14 pound test is $10.00 and if used for backing it will last for a hundred reels.  Another good one is Suffix Elite.  I will spool up half way with the backing then finish spooling the braid. If I buy the 125 yard spool  of braid it will fill at least 2 reels.  I then tie on a 10 pound leader usually it is P LIne CXX or P Line FloroClear.  You could also use something like Abazx straight florocarbon. I always connect backing to braid or floro and braid or floro to leader using the double uni or uni to uni knot. There are other good knots but in over ten years I have never had a knot let go and I can tie it  quickly. 

My second line choice is for the few heavier spinning rods. Power Pro 30 pound test is what i just spooled my wife's new frog rod with. We will need that size to cut through the lily pads when frog fishing. My wife can handle a flyrod with beauty and grace and is more than capable of using any spinning gear right up to surf gear,   but will not touch a baitcaster so I set her up with a killer Irod and a Shimano Symetre 3000.  This reel gives her the same line retrieve per handle crank as my Diawa Tatula Type R 8-1 ratio reel.  It is a true weapon for a combo and will handle he intended duty fine.  Sorry for rambling but the choice of what rod-reel-line and purpose is a little more complicated than a one word answer.  Power Pro Spectra is a really nice line even in lower pound test, but I like the way Fireline handles so much in the 14 pound test and we have landed some huge bass, rock, and cats with it. Also my eyes are not that good so I like the flame green.  In Power Pro I usually go with their moss green,  but I use it for frogs and some moving baits on baitcasters so line watching does not come into play as much.

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I use 30lb as main line for my spinning reels. 

I use 50lb on my frogging and topwater reels. 

If you have any questions about which braid to use, good luck.

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Braid is fairly consistant with pound test to diameters between most mfr's. The problem you have is thinking there is any standard with FC or mono line diameters between mfr's.

A good source for FC line diameter for each brand is TW, they list the information for each line.

Braid to FC leader the line diameters don't need to match, the question is how much braid is needed to fill your spool?

Tom

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don't worry if your braid dia. matches your flouro dia. , your flouro leader is for abrasion resistance , use what ever size dia flouro leader you need for it .

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10-20 pound braid is what I run on my spinning reels. Even 20lb braid feels like overkill sometimes on a spinning reel to me. 

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Same diameter for both lines.

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