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I have a Daiwa spinning reel I recently got on sale at Dicks Sporting goods, problem is it has no line and I alrwady have a spinning reel and rod that has mono on it. So I decided I should give braid a shot for this one, any brand suggestions? Lb test etc? 

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I use the standard power pro 10 or 15 pound test on my spinning reels.

I have tried a lot of other brands, but always come back to power pro.

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For spinning reels, I use 15lb PowerPro. I could do 10lb, but 15lb gets you just a little more strength and abrasion resistance, and a boatload of it fits on the reel anyway. Plus the larger line diameter will mate better with a mono or fluoro leader.

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If I were doing this I would take 1/2 the mono off of your other reel and spool it to your new one as backing.

 Next, put braid on one, new mono on the other. I've used 10-30 lb braid, it all works fine. Power pro is also my favorite.

 

 

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When it comes to my spinning reels, I've also favored Power Pro, and I've used a few brands of braid. I've used 10,15, and 20lb test on spinning reels and 15 is my favorite. 15 lb seems to be the perfect line for me, 20lb seemed a little bit thick for many of the presentations I use my spinning rigs for. You could go as low as 10lb, but 15 gives you a little extra strength and you can still cast light lures with ease.

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Start with 15-20, if you want 10lb is fine too. My spinning reel is 20lb braid to 12lb flouro, personal preference. 

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Fill 1/2 the reel with cheap mono then tie a  uni to uni knot with #15 lb. ~ #20 lb. Power Pro ... Nice set up as while #10 lb. Power Pro  is nice -  you may get some wind knots using it while the #15 lb. ~ #20 lb. braid does better in that regard .

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The rating of the rod would be helpful here.  For a long time I ran 30lb braid on my spinning outfit, as I think 30lb is a good "do it all" size and is comparable to 8lb mono in diameter.

 

But, that was on M and MH rods.  

 

If it were me, I would put:
ML: 10lb braid

M: 15-20lb braid

MH: 30lb braid

 

Thats just based on the estimated lure weights you'll be throwing with each rod.

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I use 20# Power Pro slick 8.

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I had a lot of wind knot issues with four carrier braid, switched to eight carrier and the wind knots were reduced dramatically. 15lb power pro slick eight, Suffix 832, or Daiwa J 8, would be my recommendations.

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A 10-15# 8-carrier braid like Sufix 832 or Daiwa J-Braid x8 is a good place to start. As with any line, be cautious of different line diameters from one manufacturer to the next. For example, 10# Sufix 832 measures, looks, feels, and handles very similar to Daiwa J-Braid x8 in 15# test.

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I use regular Power Pro on my spinning rods and probably will for the rest of my life since I bought 300 yard spools a few weeks back when BPS had it 50% off.  However, since you are trying it for the first time, I would suggest going cheap the first time around in 10 or 15#.  Braid is over engineered for bass fishing.  Most 10# handled much more than 10 pounds.  Color fade is the main reason I ever change out braid.  I have some on one reel that is 3 years old.  

 

The main reason I suggest you go cheap is to see if you like it.  All my spinning reels are spooled with braid.  However, braid is limp and wind knots are real.   Cross winds will cause the line to bow out while casting.  You have to learn to manage treble baits or it gets tangled up. If you want to use leaders, you might find connection knots to be tedious.  I think it is worth it, but you might want to buy some 4x J-Braid or something on sale until you decide you like it.  

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Bro if you are a beginner stop reading and worrying and go get whatever you have on your rod wet. Throw a 4/0 ewg hook and a senko and catch a fatty. When you come to a place like this first you spend way touch time reading and way too much money. 90% of us didn't even know how to read when we started fishing and we all caught lots of fish.

 

When you start breaking stuff or have bern married 10 years and cant fish as much as you should be able to come back.you will thank me later.

 

The only thing a beginner should be googling ks "how to tie a fishing knot" not "whats the best fishing knot". This should be a sticky...

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On spinning rods I use 20lb power pro, and adjust leaders as necessary. On baitcasters I use 30lb power pro, and rarely use leaders. Flipping and heavy frogging gets 65lb pp, with no leader. 

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8 hours ago, nascar2428 said:

I had a lot of wind knot issues with four carrier braid, switched to eight carrier and the wind knots were reduced dramatically. 15lb power pro slick eight, Suffix 832, or Daiwa J 8, would be my recommendations.

Wind knots have haunted me the last couple years, I think I currently have J-8 on mine. But for general guidelines I'd say 15lb braid, and make sure to use some cheap mono as backer to save some money in the long run. 

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What rod do you plan to use the reel on?

Tom

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9 hours ago, nascar2428 said:

I had a lot of wind knot issues with four carrier braid, switched to eight carrier and the wind knots were reduced dramatically. 15lb power pro slick eight, Suffix 832, or Daiwa J 8, would be my recommendations.

Wind knots? What are those? 

37 minutes ago, WRB said:

What rod do you plan to use the reel on?

Tom

7 medium spinning rod 

6 hours ago, Mikeltee said:

Bro if you are a beginner stop reading and worrying and go get whatever you have on your rod wet. Throw a 4/0 ewg hook and a senko and catch a fatty. When you come to a place like this first you spend way touch time reading and way too much money. 90% of us didn't even know how to read when we started fishing and we all caught lots of fish.

 

When you start breaking stuff or have bern married 10 years and cant fish as much as you should be able to come back.you will thank me later.

 

The only thing a beginner should be googling ks "how to tie a fishing knot" not "whats the best fishing knot". This should be a sticky...

Not a beginner, just never used braid before bud 

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My typical use for a spinning reel for bass fishing is finesse presentations, where 12lb Sunline SX1 line is my line of choice. It's as thick as most 15lb braid and abrasion resistant for such a thin line.

 

If you are using a M/F rod and fishing crankbaits, I would step up to 20lb line. For line under 30lbs, I like 4 strand braid - Daiwa J-Braid x4 or original Power Pro is a good choice if you don't want to spend the extra on the Sunline SX1. I use 4 strand braid for thinner line because it's more abrasion resistant which is a little more important with thinner line.. For 40lb and thicker line, I like Daiwa J-Braid x8, and 30lb can go either way depending on the application and what the lakes look like. But for lines 30lb and above, I'm usually using a baticaster.

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