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Braid for most, but with a mono leader for surface to keep it from sinking.  Usually 35 pound braid,  premium 8 carrier stuff.  15 pound leader.  

 

On one I have 14 pound Suffix Elite mono, and it casts great.  

 

If you have not tried a premium 8 carrier braid in 10-15 pound test, you haven't used what I consider the best spin setup.  Casts a mile, very sensitive, quite trouble free, and lasts for years. 

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30lb test braid (8lb diameter) on my baitcasters. 

 

I use mono and flouro leaders mainly for two reasons: 1) To keep the reels at full capacity for as long as possible, which helps get the most bang for the buck out of the braid. 2)  Mostly I float mountain Rivers that have a lot of swift current where there's no stopping to retrieve a snagged bait.  It's best to break it off, tie on a new bait, and get back in the game asap so as not miss throwing into the next fishy spots quickly approaching or any chances at the lunker of a lifetime. 

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20lb braid on my medium power bc, 30lb on the mh’s. Typically 10-12lb fluro leader unless top water then i go mono. For spinning 10lb braid. 8lb seagur invisx leader. I use power pro. Super slick is amazing stuff but regular old powerpro works fine. 

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20# Suffix 832 braid, with anywhere from a 10# to 30# fluoro leader depending on how many pike are around and how expensive the lure was that I'm using.

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Honestly I dont think i could get away from a spinning rod even if i wanted to. Certain techniques just wont work short of going to bfs (future goal). But for bc’s i typically run 20lb powerpro to a 10-12lb invizx fluoro or xt mono leader. (Mono for topwater). 

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17 minutes ago, Bdnoble84 said:

Honestly I dont think i could get away from a spinning rod even if i wanted to. Certain techniques just wont work short of going to bfs (future goal). But for bc’s i typically run 20lb powerpro to a 10-12lb invizx fluoro or xt mono leader. (Mono for topwater). 

I wouldn’t dream of getting away from spinning rods 

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I am using 12lb Tatsu with 802 Conquest, But honestly I was like you but now I have spinning setup with 8lb InvizX (also I recommend 6lb in highland reservoirs when catching get tough) for tough days.

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#15 flouro when I can get away with power fishing them, which is more often than not.

But spinning has its rightful place if you fish for smallies regularly 

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I use several BFS baitcaster set up; Curado SLX reels, 10lb Power Pro braid with a 12 or 8lb fluro leader on 6’ 8” medium light/fast rods.

I too prefer baitcasters to spinning but do carry a 6’ 6” light/fast spin rod with same line set up for 1/32 - 1/16 hair jigs.

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On a bait caster 10-12 lb. But I’ll fish 8 lb. On a lighter setup I have. Spinning 6-8 lb. Majority of my setups are 6 lb. but some soft plastics I fell better with 8 lb. Sort of like the med. light vs. medium. 

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2 hours ago, Spankey said:

On a bait caster 10-12 lb. But I’ll fish 8 lb. On a lighter setup I have. Spinning 6-8 lb. Majority of my setups are 6 lb. but some soft plastics I fell better with 8 lb. Sort of like the med. light vs. medium. 

Good to see you back on here spankey! 

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I fish mostly spinning, use 15 or 20 lb PowerPro and 6-10 lb leader depending.  Use to always use 5-6-8 lb Maxima UG, but last 2 spools were awful.  Was touring the 5lbs strength to a bud at work.  We had both bought a spool at diffeeent places the following week…honestly snapped easier than some 2lb test I’ve used before.

 

20 or 30 lb on the casting reels, PowerPro again here, with 8-14 lb leader.  Mainly Biggame.

 

 

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