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Like to know what I am doing wrong?  I have tried almost every brand of Fluorocarbon line out today and have not had it last more that 3 weeks before finding it breaks.  I usually use 10-15 # line depending on technique.  I had fluorocarbon line on both Baitcast and Spinning reels which had been stored on my boat in a carport out of exposure to direct sun.  I have lost some good fish and just recently lost a tournament due to having a real good fish break off due to broke fluorocarbon 12# line.  I had just tied to braid using a double uni knot not 8 hours earlier.  Now the strength line I use is 10#-15# depending the technique.  I've had this concern several times using fluorocarbon line several times and have know stopped using the line till I find some answers.  How I test the test is a bit broad, I tie an overhand line wet the knot and slowly pull it tight by hand.  I then pull slowly increasing outward.  Depending on line strength how soon I expect the line to break if at all.  Again I would like to know what I am doing wrong?       

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So are you using it just as leader or as your main line?

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It sounds like an equipment issue to me.  Check your guides for cracks or burs.

 

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When I first started using fluorocarbon, i found a similar issue. Breakage usually happened in two ways. It was either the knot, or wherever I had a kink in the line which could have been a bad backlash, snag etc. I initially gave up on it altogether. But I have since switched back to flouro for techniques such as jigs, plastics and whatever other technique where line stretch, sensitivity and visibility would be an issue. But I constantly inspect my knots and my line for weakness or fractures. When in heavy cover, I often re-tie after catching a good fish. 

Maybe try a new knot. Also, check the diameter of flouro to the size braid you are using. 

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Personally I use straight monofilament (Trilene XT 14 - 17 pound test) on my baitcasting combos. I do not like Flouro for a number of reasons but those reasons have been debated ad nauseam on this forum already.

Several really good river smallmouth sticks I know do use the braid with a flourocarbon leader setup. What I have watched evolve with them as that they have started using a quality flouro with a minimum of 14 pound test. One of them uses 14 pound test for his "finesse" presentations and bumps up to 20 pound test for jigs, swimbaits, spinnerbaits, etc.

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Check your knots, line for abrasion, and guides.  I'm not a betting man, but if I were, at least one of these is your issue. 

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