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I am going to use braided line on my 6' 6'' medium action bass rod. Since braid literally has no stretch at all, I am concerned that I will get much stiffer hooksets and could potentially snap my rod. Do you think this will be an issue? Has anyone ever snapped a rod on a hookset with braided line?

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You should be OK. I snapped a rod Dragging in a tree like an Idiot the other day, but it had nothing to do with the braided line and everything to do with me being a moron.  LOL

>:)

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If that is a concern for you, loosen up your drag for a while so it slips a bit on the hookset until you get comfortable.

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The answer is to set the drag properly with a scale, using the rod's upper line rating.

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i've been using braid for a very long time,and i have yet to snap a rod. i have however,the first time i used braid, set the hook so hard that the line buried very deep into itself.since there is no stretch you should not set the hook like you would with mono,after a while you get used to using braid that you dont want to use anyhting else,hooksets are almost instantanious,just be careful not to rip the hook out!one more thing when using braid with no leader and you get snagged DO NOT WRAP THE BRAID AROUND YOUR BARE HAND! if you want to try and pull it free use something to wrap the line around(lighter,pliers,stick) or just cut it. how i set my drag when using braid i hold the rod in one hand the line in the other and pull, when my rod tip is almost even with the stripper guide the drag slips , i find this works best for me.    

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Whether you fish braid, monofilament, copolymer or fluorocarbon

makes no difference what-so-ever if your drag is properly set.

Generally, this means 25%-30% of the breaking strength of the

line as long as that is within the suggested rating for the rod!

The drag may be set with a scale or with free weights. Free weights

are placed in a plastic grocery bag and tied to your line. Gently

lift the bag off the ground and set your drag accordingly. In most

cases, 3-4 lbs is the maximum setting you will want.

Once you have actually measured the drag by scale, pull some line

a few times and this will give you the "feel" for future settings. I only

scale new equipment or measure it occasionally just for fun!

Using this procedure, I have never broken a rod nor been broken off

by a fish using Yo-Zuri Hybrid or Hybrid Ultra Soft. With other brands

of line, results may vary...Just kidding, this will work for all lines.

8-)

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Thanks for the tips guys. I got out there today with my new braided line and had excellent hookups! No problems at all with setting the hook and risking a rod snap. Braided line is now my favorite for bass fishing (previously I only used it in saltwater). I've got some 30lb test Power Pro in green spooled on now. The sensitivity is amazing! I could literally feel every single underwater object my t-rigged worm hit and I detected the lightest bites from bass.

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