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Got a question for everybody. I'm getting back into fishing after years of inactivity. For an inexperienced angler who uses spinning gear 90% of the time what are the pluses and minuses of using braided line?

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Pluses on spinning: line management - no coiling off the spool.

That's a pretty huge plus to me.

 

Minuses: Wind knots, tip wrapping. Don't happen enough to spoil

using braid, so pluses win in my book.

 

I use braid on all my gear, spinning and baitcasting. I tie on a

leader 100% of the time, but that is my thing, not absolutely 

necessary as my sons can attest. I like it to save cutting in to 

my braid for hook/lure reties.

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Darren what do you mean by tip wrapping and do you find tying knots with braid to be more difficult?

 

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Tip wrapping (can happen to any of the guides farther down too): wrapped-around-the-rod-tip-1024x576.jpgIts usually caused by wind, line twist, or just by working the rod tip a lot with like a jerkbait or walking dog motion.

This is a more extreme example...

 picte21cmg691mh021.jpg

edit: braid knots are generally super easy because you only need the palomar knot. I don't think I've ever had a palomar knot fail with braid. 

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Darren is spot on.

All my spinning reels are spooler with braid, as is all my kids.

Additionally it is cheaper given you can use it for years and 832 sinks pretty well.

If you want to keep it real simple, learn the Uni knot for connecting leaders.

 

The sensitivity is awesome and will be appreciated with plastics

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Buffdaddy54. You are located in Jessup. If you do not mind running up to someplace like Columbia, or on over to Middle River, I would be happy to let you cast a few of my rods.  I have some rigged up with braid and a leader, P Line Halo straight fluoro and even a few other lines.  I use several different brands of braid and several use leaders as well. You could learn a lot just casting them either on a local pond or even in my neighborhood where we have a large grass area.

I would be happy to teach you a few very usable knots to help you as well.

 

All of my reel are filled with 8 pound Stren mono for backing, then filled with whatever the mainline is going to be. As said already this cots cost a lot. The Stren is high quality mono but only costs about 3 cents a yard. An 330 yard spool of braid will cost much more than that, but will now fill several reels.

 

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Fishnkamp, 

VERY GENEROUS OFFER!! Would love to take you up on it. Let me know what works for you. I work in the Howard County School system and will be off for the summer as of this Wednesday so I will be available any time.

 

AGAIN THANKS FOR THE GENEROUS OFFER!!

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Please send me an email at fishnkamp@comcast.net.  I will be happy to give you my contact info. I am also available during the week.

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On 6/9/2017 at 10:30 PM, Buffdaddy54 said:

Darren what do you mean by tip wrapping and do you find tying knots with braid to be more difficult?

 

 

@HeavyTwenty shows the tip wrap, wind knotting in pix.

 

Knots, no, tying knots is easier, IMO the flex, ease cinching

the line makes for good quality knots. For leader knots, same

thing applies. I use Uni-to-Uni most of the time these days, 

Alberto is my other go-to.

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All the spinning rods I have for guide trips are spooled with braid because it's easier to use for beginners and inexperienced anglers IMO. 

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I run braid on my spinning reels because it is far less prone to line twist. I don't see any disadvantages in terms of spinning reels with braid for a beginner other than knots, and the palomar is easy to tie and works well with braid.

 

With a bait casting reel, it's a little different. Braid can bird's nest worse than mono, and is more difficult to get the knots out. I actually run mono on my bait caster as someone who's just getting into fishing myself. I learned to cast like a pro in no time at all in open areas, but I run into scenarios where I'm trying to cast and my line snags something unintended time to time and that can leave a nasty bird's nest when you have the tensionizer all the way down and the brake in the middle, but with mono, I can usually get it out.

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