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Would 10lbs. Power Pro Braid be more castable than 15lbs?

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I currently use 15lbs. Power Pro braid with a diamater of 4lbs. test on my spinning reels. I was wondering if 10lbs. braid, which probably has the diameter of 2lbs. test would cast farther or if it would be similar? 

 

I'm fishing for bass near docks and weeds, so I need it to be tough. Wondering if going down to 10lbs. would have the same castability but just be weaker and more prone to breakage?

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Casting or spinning?

Jeff

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All things equal, probably no difference.

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Marginal at best. The 15/4 handles snags a lot better. The 10/2 doesn't like hooksets on a slack line at all. 

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I don't know that there is a big enough difference in diameters to matter between those two, but yes thinner lines generally cast farther. If you want thin, try daiwa samurai,  but also be aware that some lines are thinner because they are actually rated closer to actual breaking strength. What I mean by this is samurai 20lb is thinner than power pro 832 20lb, but it also breaks closer to 20lb while power pro is stronger. 10lb is pretty light around cover and weeds, I'd probably stick with the heavier line you usually use and actually I'd probably go up to 20 myself. If you still can't get the distance you need you might want to look into getting a longer rod that will load more and cast farther with the same baits,  and/or a reel with a bigger diameter spool/longer stroke spool so the line has less resistance when coming off the spool lip

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On my spinning reels, there is a big difference. I was using 8lb Fireline. The line was so thin, that it would slip out of the gap in the eye of my worm hooks. I stepped up to 15lb line and my casts were so much shorter, I went back to 10lb, and got most of my casting distance back. I did close the gap on my hooks with pliers.

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The ONLY thing I have against very thin braid is that it can act like mono and wrap around itself-more or less like line twist.  But on spinning gear, it will cast farther.

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I use both 10 and 15# Power Pro and PPSS8
on my spinning gear and there's little difference
in casting distance.

I happened to catch my PB on 10# braid on a
bait caster in thick slop. Used a 10# leader. Bass
was 7.5#.

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Generally speaking, anytime you go lighter in line and smaller in diameter, you gain casting distance and better bait presentation. You might not notice it in general usage with typical plugs, but it is very apparent on the margins.

-T9

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Braid is very light weight small diameter line and like most lines no standard exist in # test to diameter. So it's difficult to evaluate and compare brands, your question was 10# vs 15# Power Pro. The smaller diameter should cast further if the line doesn't wind knot and that is a problem with soft braid.

Take a look at Fins Wind Tamer braid in 10 lb or 12 lb, doesn't wind knot, very smooth Going through the guides. TW now carries Fins.

Tom

 

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Look at the diameter difference between power pro & smackdown by Seagur. 

Smackdown 10lb is .005 dia. 

Smackdown 15lb is .006 dia.

Power Pro 10lb is .006 dia.

Power Pro 15lb is .007 dia.

You could increase your casting distance by using 15lb smackdown but still have similar strength. Just a different option for you to consider. 

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I agree with a few points previously noted. I think the difference in castability is going to be minimal. Since you said you're fishing near docks, you should weigh out the pros and cons. Gain a few feet on your cast, and lose some breaking strength, and more importantly, abrasion resistance? Or, stick with 15lb and figure out a better way to position yourself to get better casts at your target? You can also shop different brands of braid. Just as Dwight Hoddle noted, different brands advertise different diameters for their lines in comparison with other brands. For the record, I exclusively fish Power Pro Super Slick...though many people hate it, I like this line the best. It casts great, is super sensitive, and I find it to be just abrasion resistance as any other line. 

If financially possible, you might consider a baitcaster. You can typically cast heavier lines with a baitcaster better than you can with a spinning rod. 

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I changed to 10 lb. PP slick from 15 lb. regular PP and love it. I use it on all my spinning reels. The 10lb. Slick cast a lot better for me and I have had no issues with break offs. I use it in  sparse weeds on my shakey head and drop shot setups. 

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probably not, I'm assuming they have the same diameter? or maybe its .001" difference. either way that's not going to affect casting distance unless you know how to get the most distance out of your reel anyways.

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Very little if any noticable difference to make any real world differences in your fishing. 

I use 6# braid with a leader on one of my spinning set ups and have no issues.

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I haven't switched from 15 to 10 pound braid but I get about ten feet more distance switching from 4 lb to 2 lb mono on my trout gear. You will get more distance but it's not going to be a huge jump.

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