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Glen May - FireLine Ultra 8

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Glen I was watching you video about chatter baits and you talked about the FireLine Ultra 8.  I read a review where the guy stated that the line was very stiff. Apparently he cut a 10" piece and it stood straight up...    Is this line supposed to be stiff or does it soften after it get wet ?

 

I welcome anyone else's response that has experience with this line.   

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18 minutes ago, BaitFinesse said:

Fireline has always been that way.  It has a heavy coating that makes it stiff at 1st but it wears off with use.

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I love it but don't use it because the FG knot is weak with this line.

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I used it a fair amount and it was very stiff starting out and then softened up a bit with use.

 

Like has been mentioned, Fireline has always been a pretty stiff line though.

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Very stiff to start but breaks in well and is the best line I have found at not getting wrapped around the rod tip.

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In my experience, Fireline is the most "mono-filament-esque" braid available.  If anglers would keep this in mind and use it where they would use a limp mono-filament I think there would be far less criticism of it.

 

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My experience has been the same as everyone else. It "breaks in", if you will, and then it's really nice and smooth.

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I think there is more of lack of knowledge about braid, myself included, which is why I'm asking.   I think a lot, including myself think braid should be soft and pliable from the start.  So when you're faced with a product like this that is stiff, its natural to think its junk or at best will be difficult to fish with. 

 

Personally I have no knowledge of braid other than it has no stretch, not because I live under a rock but rather because this is my 1st yr back fishing after 25 yrs off from the sport and technology has really changed across the board...  To be honest, it would be hard to understand how I feel unless you have walked away from fish for this period of time.  Fishing has become very technical, fishing line more so.  I did try braid and had problems with it, but that was because of a cheap real that wouldn't cooperate.  So now that I have that issue resolved, I'd like to try brad again and looking for something that I can work with... 

 

What and how do you decide what brand and size or color to use ?   What would be considered a all round braid to use in water with 3-4' clarity to silty

 

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9 hours ago, Flatrock said:

   I think a lot, including myself think braid should be soft and pliable from the start.  So when you're faced with a product like this that is stiff, its natural to think its junk or at best will be difficult to fish with. 

Just to confuse you a  bit more, while fireline is a 'superline' it's not braided but rather the fibers are fused in a linear  manner. 

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28 minutes ago, keagbassr said:

Just to confuse you a  bit more, while fireline is a 'superline' it's not braided but rather the fibers are fused in a linear  manner. 

Fireline is indeed a braid. That rough spiral texture to fireline is the braided carriers.  It is the carriers that are fused.  The finished product is a number of carriers twisted together into a low weave density braid.  Original fireline is braided.  Just braided horribly.  

Fireline02 fray after pulling out of small amount of beadwork.jpg

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5 minutes ago, BaitFinesse said:

Fireline is indeed a braid. That rough spiral texture to fireline is the braided carriers.  It is the carriers that are fused.  The finished product is a number of carriers twisted together into a low weave density braid.  Original fireline is braided.  Just braided horribly.  

Fireline02 fray after pulling out of small amount of beadwork.jpg

Wow. Great pic.  Thanks for the clarification. 

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