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I will mainly use the ML for drop shoting, Ned rigs and other finesse applications for river smallmouth and lake largemouth and smallmouth. I am struggling to decide if I want to buy braid and if so do I use backing (what type/how long) and what type/long of leader? I already have 8lb fluoro to use in this.

 

I plan to use the M for just about everything that the ML won’t use or I won’t want to use in my MH baitcaster. I bought 10lb suffix mono for this but should I also use braid. This is not a priority because I will need more sensitivity with the ML than this one.

 

Any input??

 

Thanks- John

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6lb mono or 10lb braid on the ML

 

8-10lb mono or 20lb braid on the M

 

You don't need more than 75 yards of braid on top of the backing. Backing can be any cheaper mono that is close in diameter to the braid.  Unless you have a line counter, you'll have to eyeball the amount of backing

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On my ML spinning rig (Avocet), I use 8# Mono though Flouro will work as well.

On my Medium spinning rig (Trion), I use 12# Flouro

 

Others might have different ideas.

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I'm using 15lb braid on both setups. Mono backing on both, Fluorocarbon leaders between 6lb-15lb. 

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For sure, this is a very individual thing for us, so in the end you'll choose for yourself.

 

For me, I use spinning tackle for finesse presentations and usually from a stealthy approach in a kayak or canoe, rarely do I make casts for distance.

 

And, I use spinning tackle as it is intended, that is, I fight the fish using a series of rod lifts, then reeling down to pick up line.

 

For a ML or an M, I would personally never use over 10 lbs. braid as its strength greatly exceeds what it takes to fully load up those rod powers. I think the caveat here is abrasion and a few other issues that can occur. I don't have abrasion issues here in east Texas but for those who do, they'll often want a bit more line thickness to combat it. But, back to braid, really any line on a spinning set up, to go up in size means you are giving away the very advantages light lines offer. Not that I cast for distance, but lighter tests will cast farther, they are harder for fish to see if you believe that is an issue, your presentation will move and appear more life-like.

 

I most often use mono backer, I just spool on a layer or two of wraps. There is no physical advantage to adding a ton of mono but some anglers add quite a lot to cut down on the amount of the more expensive braid required. Under any circumstances, you want enough braid so that on your longest casts, you are nowhere near having that backer to main line junction knot surface on the reel spool.

 

Once you have topped off the braid, but never too close to the lip edge, I usually tie on about a length of fluoro that will bring the second junction knot, braid to leader, back reeled up to but not onto my reel. For my short rods, that's about 6 feet or so.

 

Brad

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I have, and have always had, 8lb mono on all four of my spinning rods.  It works fine so never changed.

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6# Tatsu would be my choice.  Yes it's pricey, but nothing on the market works as well, and considering I've had spools last me three or more years worth of fishing, it's all worth it.

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6# Silver Thread AN40 copolymer or 8-10# Braid to Fluoro leader. I've not had good luck with straight Fluoro on spinning reels 

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@J Francho do you use that as a leader or straight?

 

thanks guys!

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15 hours ago, JWall14 said:

@J Francho do you use that as a leader or straight?

 

thanks guys!

I use 6# Tatsu, no leader. 

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I use 10 lb braid on all my spinning set ups.

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