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I bought a spool of spiderwire line today and before I use some of it I would like to know if the ratings are really what they say. It states 15lb test 6lb Dia. equiv. I got the 300' spool for $12.84. I plan on using it on my bait casting rod.

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Spiderwire-EZ-Braid-Superline-Line-Spool-300-Yards-0-008-Diameter-15-lbs-Break-Strength-Moss-Green/21578718

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It is .008 diameter. Not sure how skilled you are with a baitcaster or what you will be tossing, but I'm not going to attempt to fish 15 lb braid on a baitcaster and I consider myself pretty skilled with one.

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IMO it is for a baitcaster. I am sure some guys here will tell you they do it all the time with no problems, but don't always believe what you read on the internet.

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At least 50 lb braid on a baitcaster.i would also go with a quality 8 strand braid .

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15lb braid is great on a spinning rod, but way too thin for a baitcaster. 

 

At least 30lb, 40-50lb if your new and still learning how to use a baitcaster. I personally use 30lb most of the time. 

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So maybe I'll keep it for my ultra light spinning rig. I just spooled it with 4lb mono but I already bought it so may as well use it. 

 

Tin fore on the 50lb  raided. 

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Lowest I'll go on a baitcaster is 20 lb and I only use that for my cranking.

 

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I've used 10# a lot on baitcasters, 8# once. I hate Spiderwire though.

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30lb braid is the lowest I go on a baitcaster. Anything lower than that goes on a spinning reel.

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I go down to 6lb braid with baitcasters. There is no problem at all with using this weight. The real problem is when it is windy, it is very difficult to tie with thin wet 6lb braid.

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11 minutes ago, CrankFate said:

I go down to 6lb braid with baitcasters. There is no problem at all with using this weight.

 

You must be using close to 300 yards of line to fill a baitcasting spool up with that thin of line...

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There is a large group of folks that fish under 10# braid on baitcasters. I am one of them. BFS is still new to this country but with the right gear fishing light braid with the right rod and reel is a real pleasure-Picking out a birdnest in 6# braid is not............

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44 minutes ago, fishballer06 said:

 

You must be using close to 300 yards of line to fill a baitcasting spool up with that thin of line...

I would say up to 200 yards when I am looking for max distance, but I usually use thin line to up the capacity on small spools.

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4 hours ago, fishballer06 said:

 

You must be using close to 300 yards of line to fill a baitcasting spool up with that thin of line...

I use lots of cheap mono backing.

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4 hours ago, onenutinthewater said:

with the right gear fishing light braid with the right rod and reel is a real pleasure-Picking out a birdnest in 6# braid is not............

No, but it’s better then having your fancy spoon fly into the sunset becuase your 2lb mono snapped 50’ into the spool becuase someone used some harsh language near it that one time....

 

It took a lot of lost spoons to get me to use thin braid over thin mono but I am never going back. 

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It's best to do research before purchasing something. No way would you want line that thin on a baitcaster if you knew better. If you have a spinning rod that needs line, keep it. If not, return it for 40lb and put that on the baitcaster.

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4 hours ago, onenutinthewater said:

There is a large group of folks that fish under 10# braid on baitcasters. I am one of them. BFS is still new to this country but with the right gear fishing light braid with the right rod and reel is a real pleasure-Picking out a birdnest in 6# braid is not............

 

Super slick V2 #10 works great. roughly 80 yards directly tied to the spool. BFS shallow spool works great, Birdnest are not fun with that thin of line. Cheap mono backing if you need to take space. 

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For years I was a 10 and 20 lb braid on a BC and last year I bumped to30 and 40 and are much happier......I use Gamma, 832 and Hitena.

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Personally I’d go with a higher test brace. I use 30 on some of my bait fast rods but that’s as low as I go. You may like the feel of the 15# but thats my recommendation.

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Sorry for late response. I returned the line and exchanged it for 50lb test with I think 12lb Dia. 

 

I have heard of some filling the reel with part mono then attaching the braid to that. Is it worth doing or should that be avoided? 

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2 minutes ago, bigone5500 said:

Is it worth doing or should that be avoided?

Some mono backer is required to prevent the braid slipping on the spool.

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29 minutes ago, bigone5500 said:

Sorry for late response. I returned the line and exchanged it for 50lb test with I think 12lb Dia. 

 

I have heard of some filling the reel with part mono then attaching the braid to that. Is it worth doing or should that be avoided? 

Some people tie braid directly to the spool and put a piece of tape over the arbor knot so it does not slip. I prefer mono backing simply because I don't want sticky tape residue on my spools. Tape or mono backing is an absolute must for braid (unless your spool has holes you can tie the braid through).

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If the spool is perforated or has any dents or holes in it—the braid won’t slip. The proper way to spool braid is to leave a tag end about 1/2” long and lay it across the spool and then wind the line tightly over it. Line slip is a myth from the days of shiny Kevlar line and smooth chrome or Bakelite spools. Spectra and Dynema are not that slick and spools are textured. Don’t be afraid. Your braid won’t slip. Tape or backer line kills accuracy and distance.

 

My fishing OCD has me cringing whenever this topic comes up. Once you get Abec rated bearings and do spin tests you’ll see that the spool stops on the knot to the backer instead of getting weighed down by a tiny piece of tape. No knot, then the tape always stops at the bottom.

 

I can’t even imagine backer line or tape AND a two piece rod.

 

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30lb braid is as low as I'll go.  Definitely use backing or putting tape down, so the line doesn't slip. 

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