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I've tried different braids over the years on casting reels...never liked them, switched back to mono.

On spinning gear, I recently bought some Gliss and although I've only had it out once, I like it alot. My biggest went around 4lbs on a straight Gliss drop shot. No problems, of course there really shouldn't have been in deep open water. The stuff is very sensitive. I'm wondering if Ive been missing the boat with Nanofil and Fireline that have been around for a while. How does Gliss compare to those two? Thanks

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Gliss is much thinner and smoother than both nanofiliment and fireline, resulting in longer casts.  The only downside to gliss is that after about four months of very heavy use it starts fraying, while fireline can be used practically forever.  The difference between them is that fireline and nanofiliment are actually "braided" while gliss is not.  This means that gliss is much slicker if not as durable.

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Like IndianaFinesse said, Gliss is VERY slick and casts like a bullet, but you will see some fraying, so it's a good idea to check your line often. That said, I've not personally made the transition to Gliss on my casting reels, it's just soooo thin, but it's on every single one of my spinning setups. 

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I tried using Nanofil in on a shaky head/light trig  ml spinning rod. I broke off about 10 fish on hooksets, even when I set it with less force than my 5 year old uses it still broke. It wasn't knot failure or abrasion either, just a clean break. I've been wanting to try gliss on my lighter spinning rods, but haven't picked any up yet

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4 hours ago, Preytorien said:

 it's just soooo thin, but it's on every single one of my spinning setups. 

What size are you using, I'm using the 40, but think I'll drop down to 24?

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6 minutes ago, Todd2 said:

What size are you using, I'm using the 40, but think I'll drop down to 24?

I use the 24lb size for spinning. It's very very thin. I've never used the 40lb. I can tell you that based on the diameter comparisons the 40lb is about even between 6lb or 8lb mono equivalent, or about 25lb Power Pro. 

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I use 4lb Fireline on my light swimbait rod. I've caught a bunch of 10+ lb sheepshead, some big catfish, and hundreds of smallies with it, and I'm pretty sure the braid's broken only once when it wasn't frayed from contacting zebra mussels. It's very strong if you can avoid dragging it across rocks, but I certainly wouldn't use it for tubes or anything that makes frequent bottom contact.

I can also bomb 3/32 oz hair jigs a long distance, so I think it casts pretty well.

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Ive only tried nanofil(not a braid) and like it very much. The knot I use has gained me 50% over the recommended knot for 6# test and 40% gain with 8#. Ive not lost a fish(bass) since going different knot(save for a pike bite off). The Double Palomar(nanofil knot) was weak and is a poor choice for the line. My main use for bass is with wacky senkos dragging on bottom. I also will use 4" paddletails at times.

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I have used Nanofil and currently use Gliss.  I use Gliss on all of my spinning reels, originally I was using 18lb test and then stepped up to 24.  The Gliss is smooth, casts well.    I use with and without a leader depending on the circumstances.

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None of those three lines are braided superlines. Nanofil and Fireline have fused filaments. I have not figured out what Monotex means, but the filaments don't look fused and stay in a thread bundle that is not rough feeling like the fused lines are.

Fireline and Nanofil will fray just like Gliss does. When you see that, cut off the frizzies and retie.

I purchase superlines by diameter, not breaking strength. The weakest Gliss I use is 24# for light to ultra-light. My other setups have 40#.

 

 

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Sufix has NanoBraid now too. 

I've used Fireline for many years now.  I like it but most seem to hate it.  It cuts through vegetation like a razor blade!  It was wildly popular among the walleye guys when it first come out.  They used it to troll with, because of the small diameters so they could get baits deeper. I don't know if they still do that or not??

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i tried the Gliss , did not care for it ( too wispy ! ) been using 10 lb. Sunline SX1 and i got to admit that this line is perfect ! believe it or not , i'm getting considerably longer casts and no wind knots ....

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My next ultra-thin superline to try is the  YGK G-Soul Upgrade X-8 Braided Line.

I see by their diameter listings that it's mind-blowingly thin. 

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33 minutes ago, Preytorien said:

My next ultra-thin superline to try is the  YGK G-Soul Upgrade X-8 Braided Line.

I see by their diameter listings that it's mind-blowingly thin. 

So this means that Gliss is not the Holy Grail? :unsure:

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14 minutes ago, Todd2 said:

So this means that Gliss is not the Holy Grail? :unsure:

Not sure yet :)

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I was able to get out last night till around 2. Coffee is a good thing. Just gotta say, for me, this might be the holy grail...lol. Had my best number of keepers on my home lake ever. There is an area under the lights by the ramp that I always can catch a few. Last night, I stayed way back and l long bombed them. I had no problems whacking them with the zero stretch. Am I saying that Gliss is why I had my best night ever?...yes I am. I picked up my mono rod and it felt like a rubber band at that distance....and I'm normally a mono guy.  Mono for everything else, but plastics/jigs will be Gliss until I'm convinced otherwise. 

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I'm a big fan of Gliss on spinning gear. I had good luck with Nanofil, but Gliss is better. 

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Gliss with a fluorocarbon leader.

 

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Gliss is a cool deal on a spinning reel - I use an ultra light set up using #8lb. Gliss , #2500 size spinning reel loaded with #6 lb. mono for backing and ONLY 60 yrds. of Gliss spooled on at a time as the top coat . When the top coat of Gliss gets too frayed (I'm down to about 25 to 30 yrds. on the spool any way ) then I strip the remaining Gliss off and re-spool another 60 yrds. on the reel .This way on a spool of 125 yrds. of Gliss I get two spoolings making Gliss very cost effective !

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14 hours ago, ChrisD46 said:

Gliss is a cool deal on a spinning reel - I use an ultra light set up using #8lb. Gliss , #2500 size spinning reel loaded with #6 lb. mono for backing and ONLY 60 yrds. of Gliss spooled on at a time as the top coat . When the top coat of Gliss gets too frayed (I'm down to about 25 to 30 yrds. on the spool any way ) then I strip the remaining Gliss off and re-spool another 60 yrds. on the reel .This way on a spool of 125 yrds. of Gliss I get two spoolings making Gliss very cost effective !

I use the whole spool but I flip it over when the end gets frayed to effectively get 2 spools worth out of 1 spool of line. 

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All I can say is that I've been using Fireline since it came out. Recently, over the past 6 years, I've been using the Crystal version. I use this line on all my spinning rigs, from 2# test for panfish, up to 8# test for smallmouth bass and jigging for lake trout. Have never had an issue with the performance of this line. It works well for me.

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I went ahead and took mono off my remaining spinning rods...this time, I loaded up with Fireline Crystal in roughly the same diameter as the Gliss. So I have two with 40lb Gliss (.10 in) and two with 14lb Fireline (.09 in). Both cast really far, the Fireline has more "body" for lack of a better word. Gliss is definitely slicker. I'll try to gey back out and compare the two on the water. One note on the Gliss...I'm already seeing fraying ...especially around the tip of the rod spot when the lure is on the keeper. I'm going to loosen up the line a little when storing to see if that helps.

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Found a spool of 12 lb Gliss in my 'line drawer'.  Lol, I have no idea how long it was there...didn't know I had it.  Maybe came in LTB or MTB last year and I didnt know what it was.

Anyway, spooled it up on ML spinning rod with YZ leader and had a hell of a time with it this morning.  Nasty wind knot early forced me to cut some out and didn't replace the leader.  Proceeded to break off 4 times, twice on fish, twice on snags.  Was throwing trick worm with 1/16 lead trig.  Maybe the lead was cutting it fast...IDK...One more wind knot and I was done.. if that wasn't enough, the 12lb is SO thin, like fine thread, that it was hard to run through sinkers and challenge to tie. It is thin enough to slip through the hook eye gap while trying to tie....didn't know that was even possible.  Maybe the worst thing was that this green Gliss is nearly invisible...some might appreciate that, but not this line watcher.

 Will replace leader and try one more time, but I'm not hopeful that it'll work for me...not 12lb, anyway....was pretty maddening.

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I tried Gliss on both a spinning reel and a baitcaster this year.  I am definitely underwhelmed with Gliss for baitcasters...it is already off the reel and the reel has been re-spooled with Sufix 832.

It it still on the spinning reel and doing just fine there.

It does tend to fray.

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