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Recently getting together with my son in laws on Thanksgiving, I heard a pretty good razzing about my fishing line. They have switched to braid/ leader setups for everything. Me, I'm stuck in the dark ages with mono. I like it that way. I like having one knot tied directly to hook or lure. Maybe I'm.sticking my neck out here, but I think many good fish have been lost on a braid/ leader combo from knot failure. I also like the way mono lines handle and cast. The last thing I want to fool with is constant line issues. I want to be casting, not messing with my line. Over the years, the few fish I've lost have been strictly my fault. Not the fault of any mono line. And lastly, I personally think the sensitivity issue is over rated on flouro, braid lines, etc. Good jig and plastics fisherman develop a sense of what's going on with their baits, and it's much more than simply rod, reel, and line. This comes with practice and experience and takes time to learn, regardless of what line your using. I'm not trying to start another line debate here- we've had plenty of those. Do you like, and/or prefer mono lines? They still work good for me

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Berkley Big Game Mean Green 😉

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I use mono on all my cranking rods and top water rods, FC on worm rods and spinnerbait rods. The only time I use braid with a leader is on my spinning rods and that is only to prevent a lot of twist.Nothing wrong with mono on all.

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I use mono on a reaction topwater rig of mine and usually double duty it as a cranking setup. I use Seaguar Senshi and love it.

 

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of reaction bait fishing with braid-to-mono since the stretch properties of mono give it a good half second more to set the hook and keeps the line tighter during the fight.

 

Nothing wrong at all with mono, it’s stayed around this long for a reason.

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Nothing wrong with straight mono, I run that or straight floro on all but my frog and heavy duty all purpose setups

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i like mono too, tried braid, had issues with wind knots etc. 

 

so I went back to mono. I do like the stretch when fighting a big fish.

 

I use Sufix Siege on both spinning and baitcasting gear. love the stuff. 

 

Although I want to try the new sufix advanced. 

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Heck, all I ever used for bass fishing for many years on the Tidal Potomac was BPS Excel mono in 20, 14 and 8lb.  Years ago, if you bought a large spool you could get a second one for 50% off and as I recall a large spool was only $8 and change.  My spinning reels still have only 8lb mono on them.

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You know that you can use braided lines without a leader. I’ve been using braid for many years and have never had a need for FC or mono leaders. For me, mono’s best use is as backing for my braid. I just hate all the stretch and thickness of nylon lines. 

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Big Game and Co-poly is all I use these days.tried all the other stuff and figured out I don't need it for the way I fish.keeps it simple

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I don’t like a lot of stretch but do agree it can be an advantage when fighting big fish.  After experimenting with a lot of different lines, I’ve found one for me that seems to stretch markedly less when I get up to 12 pound test... yet just enough give to keep fish buttoned up.  It’s a co-poly (Yo-Zuri Hybrid) so it may not fit your true definition of mono.  Otherwise, I think Big Game as suggested above would be another good option.  

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Officially winter.....kidding!

 

Not all mono's are created equal!

 

I also find that you can get away with braid is your wise in choosing the correct rod/action and adjusting the drag properly

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I'll use mono to hang pictures on a wall sometimes. 

And not too crazy about using that stuff for that either!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike 

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I use mono on some of my setups. I like Sufix Siege in 12 pound test. Use it for crank baits, spinner baits, and top waters. I use use the 10 pound test for a main line on my spinning rods. I do use floro for soft plastics and jigs. Never have tried braid.

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I started out fishing with braid in the 50's, followed by monofilament line from the 60's to mid 90's, then changed to Fluorocarbon for everything underwater until 2016. Today I use monofilament line for nearly everything except heavy cover I use braid without a leader.

Full circle back to where I started. Maxima Ultra Green 5 lb for finesse, Sunline Defier Armillo 11 lb and 25 lb for my mono. Still have a few reels with Sunline FC, very few.

Tom

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18 minutes ago, WRB said:

...Today I use monofilament line for nearly everything except heavy cover I use braid without a leader ...

Tom

I do the same for casting outfits, but not for spinning (I use Nanofil with a Flouro leader).  I find that mono & Flouro don't respond well to the inherent twisting that spinning gear does to line.

 

Do you prefer straight mono for spinning as well?

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I only use Braid/Fluoro on my dropshot spinning setups.

Straight Fluorocarbon on Texas Rig, Jigs and Crankbaits.

Straight Braid with Frogs mostly and sometimes Mono.

Mono with rattletraps, chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and most topwater.

 

FWIW my neighbor uses Berkley Big Game and catches just as many fish as I do 😊 

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I use mono for most presentations.

 

My motto is: Mono, if your grandpappy didn’t use it you would have never learned how to fish.

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So many good points, histories with the stuff as most of us used it or use it.

 

Contemporary monofilament lines are a thousand percent better than they were when I was a kid.

 

Many are essentially clear. Stretch for many isn't much of an issue. What the heck, your rod flexes after all. 

 

Go for it!  Brad

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On my spinning reels, I almost always run braid to leader. On casting reels, I will run mono for topwater, braid for the reel I use for hollow body frogs and and usually fluorocarbon for cranks, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, soft plastics, jigs and everything else.

 

I did consider using primarily mono last year as I find that I was often fishing rather shallow water and with fluorocarbon I found I was literally dragging by bait off of the bottom where with mono, it would bounce off the bottom. I used mono for these baits in 2017 without issue.

 

I would highly recommend Sufix Siege mono line. It's strong, abrasion resistant and has a much lower memory than other mono lines that I have used.

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3 hours ago, OCdockskipper said:

I do the same for casting outfits, but not for spinning (I use Nanofil with a Flouro leader).  I find that mono & Flouro don't respond well to the inherent twisting that spinning gear does to line.

 

Do you prefer straight mono for spinning as well?

Yes, I prefer straight line of all types. Braid does help to resolve line twist from spinning reels. My routine at the end of the day when using spinning reels is cut off the rig or lure and drag about 100' of line behind my boat a few minutes at slow (walking) speed to untwist the line. 

Tom

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9 hours ago, Log Catcher said:

I use mono on some of my setups. I like Sufix Siege in 12 pound test. Use it for crank baits, spinner baits, and top waters. I use use the 10 pound test for a main line on my spinning rods. I do use floro for soft plastics and jigs. Never have tried braid.

Sufix Siege is the best mono I have ever used. I used to be a trilene user but no more. I use 10 pound on spinning and 12 on casting gear.

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Still using Big Game ,No complaints.

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9 hours ago, Log Catcher said:

I use mono on some of my setups. I like Sufix Siege in 12 pound test. Use it for crank baits, spinner baits, and top waters. I use use the 10 pound test for a main line on my spinning rods. I do use floro for soft plastics and jigs. Never have tried braid.

 

5 hours ago, Boomstick said:

I would highly recommend Sufix Siege mono line. It's strong, abrasion resistant and has a much lower memory than other mono lines that I have used.

 

46 minutes ago, Hulkster said:

Sufix Siege is the best mono I have ever used. I used to be a trilene user but no more. I use 10 pound on spinning and 12 on casting gear.

Another fan of Sufix Siege here. I use 10 lb on my casting setup for lipless cranks, spinnerbaits, even some regular cranks. I also use 8 or 10 lb for leaders on my spinning setups. I also had some Sufix Elite but I think Siege is a little less stretchy and supposed to be more abrasion resistant.

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I have mono/copolymer on some of my jig/Trig rods 😲 The horror I know! I also use it for shakyheads.

 

I use straight braid for topwater walking baits and braid with no leader even in clear water. 

 

Just because you're "suppose" to, doesn't mean you have to. 

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