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So I have been doing some experimenting with 6-8lb mono vs 10-15lb braid on spinning reels. While

casting senkos, Ned rig, and keitech on an 1/8oz ball head I’ve found mono to cast further than the braid which is the exact opposite of what you read about casting distances  with these two lines. The light mono also appears to just cast smoother overall. Trilene xl and original power pro were used. Just thought I’d share my experience 

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50 minutes ago, JustinJ said:

So I have been doing some experimenting with 6-8lb mono vs 10-15lb braid on spinning reels. While

casting senkos, Ned rig, and keitech on an 1/8oz ball head I’ve found mono to cast further than the braid which is the exact opposite of what you read about casting distances  with these two lines. The light mono also appears to just cast smoother overall. Trilene xl and original power pro were used. Just thought I’d share my experience 

Interesting. I find that I can cast light lures further with 10 lb braid (on spinning) than with most anything else. 6-8 lb soft mono in a decent sized spool in warm temps will cast fairly far as well. I will add that 90º ball heads with some plastics will tend to tumble or spin when the line offers no resistance or slack, that may be what you are experiencing with the braid.

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8 minutes ago, reason said:

Interesting. I find that I can cast light lures further with 10 lb braid (on spinning) than with most anything else. 6-8 lb soft mono in a decent sized spool in warm temps will cast fairly far as well. I will add that 90º ball heads with some plastics will tend to tumble or spin when the line offers no resistance or slack, that may be what you are experiencing with the braid.

Interesting the distance with the ball head and keitech on braid was quite a bit shorter than with the mono

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Definitely goes against most other results...I could potentially see it being close, but braid wins out most of the time.

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until recently I used 8lb.Trilene XL on most of my spinning rods. When I switched to 10lb power pro an increase in casting distance was noticed on all of my rods. 

That was just a bonus. I did not switch to braid for casting distance. I wanted a line that did not stretch and has minimal twist.

 Trilene xl stretches like a rubber band.

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That braid is still twisting.  It is just more forgiving when twisted than mono.  It'll screw you...in time for sure.

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I find that as long as it's not too cold out, braid will cast further than the same pound test mono. In colder weather, braid tends to stick to braid so that changes things.

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I find that it is easier to cast further with 30 pound test braid than with 30 pound test monofilament line. The 30 pound test monofilament line does have better abrasion resistance than 30 pound test braid. I prefer monofilament line for light/medium tackle applications and for that I use 4-20 pound test line.

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Diameter vs Diameter, mono lines generally cast a bit better....Braid has a more friction on its surface, as a rod's guides audibly tell you. But the amount of surface is reduced by smaller diameters when comparing lb tests ... 6lb Mono- depending on what the manufacturer calls "6lb", is getting close to 15lb braid diameter so no suprise. I like to shad fish in the spring, throwing 1/64 darts. Distance is important. 2lb mono outcasts 6lb braid in my measured tests. But man is it a liabilty in trashy rivers (where stripers often bite) vs  braid.

 

Thicker monofilaments, or stiffer, less managable lines- that are more prone to coiling- increase friction and reduce distance compared to braid. 

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And remember....Mono absorbs water after some time being used.  Personally, distance is not a consideration for me and mono has more of the characteristics I am looking for in a lot of my spinning situations.  If I am using braid on spinning, it's usually a wide spool designed for braid and 35lb test for dragging 1/4oz football head jigs drifting or casting on St Clair.  

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