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Rodney Smith

YGK G-Soul X8 Upgrade Braid

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I am considering trying this one my Stradic ci4’s. I am an avid braid user and have tried most brands. I know this one is expensive and some will immediately say that are are less expensive brands that are just as good. You are probably right. I would love to hear from some folks who have actually used this line.

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No first hand experience, but the reviews are all over the place.  If I was just going by what a quick search produces, I would move on......

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I did a google search before posting on here and there are only a few reviews, all of which seem to be positive. The product is not widely available, so there isn’t a lot of info out there about people’s real world experience.  I’m hoping to hear from someone who has used this braid.

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If you are looking for some of the best, get some Varvias high grade X8

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I didnt like the 20 on my spinning rod.  Yellow bled to white quickly and had same performance as cheaper braid.  Youre basically paying for Japanese name brand...not for quality.

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I tried the 14lb, or whatever the thinnest one offered was.  It was so soft and limp I had trouble gripping it enough to tie good knots.  It did cast a mile, but any amount of wind would send the line all over.  

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I've used it for a season now and I'm impressed. As one person mentioned, it's very thin, so tying knots with gloves on is nearly impossible, but with bare fingers it's no problem. I don't usually fish in high winds so I can't speak to that, but I didn't notice any more line bowing with this than any other braid. Overall I've had great success with it, it's incredibly thin and I have yet to have a line related breakoff. 

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