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35lb vs 50lb Braid & Wind Knots

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I currently have Sunline FX2 spooled on a cpl reels. Now I went w 50lb because I use a fluro leader. The reason I went w 50lb is because before buying it I researched braid on here and read a lot of guys complain or not use braid because of wind knots. It's more often windy on the lake than not, so I figured I would try the 50lb and I have not had any problems or one wind knot. I want to purchase some of the new Sunline BX2 and would rather fish the 35lb because of the diameter. Are you guys having problems w the 35lb in the wind? Any of you run the 50lb like me besides on a frog rod? And last does anyone know if TW did anything w Sunline last yr for their 25 days of Christmas? I wouldn't think they will at least not w the newest stuff so figured I would grab it at 20% off. Thanks guys.

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The group I fish with have never complained about wind knots and they run 10 to 20 lb PP.....not saying it doesn't happen, just haven't witnessed it in the last 2 yrs

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I normally use 2-10 lb braid for bass on spinning gear.  If you always [1] close your bail by hand and [2] make sure your line isn't crossing the face of your spool before you cast, you'll never get a wind knot.  Often [1] prevents you from having to do  [2] but not always.

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Guess a wind knot wasn't the proper term, I meant wrapping around your guides or whatever other problems you may encounter using braid on a baitcaster in the wind.

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I have never had a wind knot on casting gear, using 20, 30, 40, 50 b braid, in winds from 0 to over 30mph. The only time I have had wind knots is on spinning gear with light braid (10, 15 lb), and even then it's been rare other than one specific type of line that I suspect was a dud spool. So you should be fine using 35lb. The only time I use 50lb is on frogs and punching. Otherwise it's 30 and 40 primarily. With 15 on spinning usually. As far as TW I wouldn't count on them having better deal than 20% off during their 25 days of Christmas.

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Braid shouldn't ever wrap around your guides unless it's given slack regardless of lb test or brand. It can happen, but it's typically with baits that might have a slack line during the retrieve like bottom contact baits. 

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Not sure where the term "wind knot" originated, but it is not what I experience.  What I have is knots or tangles that originate as loose loops on the spool.  I think that line twist makes the problem worse.  (yes, braid is affected by line twist)  Techniques that allow loose line to be retrieved onto the spool are problematic.

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