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For the first time I put braided line on my casting reel (sufix braid). After 10 casts I wanted to hang myself with the line. I had 10 backlashes. Now I am not new to baitcasters, but I have always used mono or floro on my casting reels and never have had a problem with back lashes. I tried messing with the brake and spool tension and just could not get the right settings. Am I doing something wrong? Is there that much of a difference between mono and braid on a baitcaster?

HELP!!! :'(

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I had the same problem at first with braided line, you just need to get used to it. Ever since i got used to it, all i use is braided line, its the best.

Did you put backing on it? I know sometimes the braided line slips around if there isnt any on there.

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The braid weighs less and is less wind resistant than nylon mono or fluorocarbon so you don't have the extra weight to pull off line as you cast and the lure will slow down faster. Just increase your spool tension or cast control setting. Once you get used to thumbing the spool to control overruns, you can ease off the setting/s for longer casts.

Also as before mentioned, you must use mono backing or tape on the spool arbor to avoid "ghost drag" unless you have a drilled spool arbor to tie the line thru.

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Also as before mentioned, you must use mono backing or tape on the spool arbor to avoid "ghost drag" unless you have a drilled spool arbor to tie the line thru.

Can you eloborate please? im new to the whole bait casting thing and i wanted to use braid so id like for you to elaborate please...

Alex

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KvD, the braid is so slick that it will slip on a reel spool if you just tie it on like you do with mono line. The "ghost drag" is an expression that means when you have resistance from a fish or hard pulling lure, the line will rotate on the spool and feel like the drag is slipping. To get friction on smooth arbor reel spools, you have to use some mono backing or some tape on the arbor to prevent it. If your reel spool is a drilled one with one or more holes then you can put your line thru the spool shaft when tying it on to eliminate the slipping. Most bass fishermen use a backing to conserve braid since a whole reel full is not necessary and they can use one line spool for several reels. I put between 30 and 50 yards of braid on my reels depending on the application.

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so inother words put some old mono and tape the end of the line down then put less braid on it so the line with persay grip to the mono and not free spool off the spool... right?

thansk wayne! i think ill do this once i get my first bait caster...

Alex

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You didn't mention the lb test of your braid. For me 40 and up is baitcaster and 30 down spinning.

Garnet

Yep, yep, yep. I agree. 8-)

Ronnie

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KvD, you don't have to use tape AND mono, just one OR the other depending on how much line you intend to install. You just need some friction on the spool shaft to prevent the braid from slipping.

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i meant to hold the end of the mono down... so im probably going to use some suffix performance braid my self in about 40lb test ig uess...

Alex

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I bet your problem is the line digging into itself.  When  you cast, does it feel like it is normal then all of a sudden you feel a kink or pause and then the mother of all backlashes occur.

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I use braided line almost exclusively and never use higher than 20lb execpt for 1 setup that I have 30lb on.  All of my reels have wiffle spools, so I tie directly to the spool thrun one of the holes.  No backing or tape.  Other wise I would use backing.  Spooling the line on as tight as possible will prevent digging in.  I really like the suffix line, but have had good result with power pro, stren super braid and cabela's ripcord SI.  I don't like fireline.

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