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I am wondering what the main difference in the two lines are.  I am trying to figure out what line to use for my three rod and reel combos.  I will be using a 7:01 burner reel for my spinnerbaits , what line should I be using for that,   I will have a differnet reel for my crankbaits,  and what line should I use for my topwaters.  Thanks.  I am new to the site and cant wait to learn some new things.  Shawn

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If you are new to the site, peruse the articles in the "Fishing Articles" section. This section has articles on fluoro. Should more than answer any questions you have.

http://www.bassresource.com/fishing/bass-fishing-articles.html#equipment

Welcome to the forums!

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first off, WELCOME!  

There are several differences between the two.  Fluorocarbon is more dense than Mono, thus giving it a smaller diam. in the same lb test rating.  Fluoro also reflects sunlight thus giving it the ability to be invisible (awesome in clear water). It doesn't absorb water. Also,  fluoro is also more abrasion resistant.  However, it does have its flaws.  Ex. Fluoro is harder to cast but a little KVD Line and Lure will help that problem.  Some brands are bad at breaking at the knot.  Mono floats thus making that the choice for topwaters. NEVER THROW TOPWATERS WITH FLUORO!!! IT SINKS! As for the lures Heres what I use.

Spinnerbait: 17lb P-Line 100% Fluoro

Crankbait: 10lb P-Line 100% Fluoro

Topwaters: 15lb P-Line CXX Copolymer or 14lb Trilene XL

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Over at tackletour.com there are a couple of reviews comparing floro to mono, talks about the benefits and drawbacks of floro.  I've done a lot of research this winter on the line types but have only used mono, this year I'm going to be doing a lot of experimenting with line. Good luck.  

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I find it fascinating that Tackle Tour's tests show fluorocarbon's stretch to be on a par with the stretchy Trilene XL, yet week after week on TV I see high-profile pros talking about its low stretch. I wonder where their information is coming from.

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Fluorocarbon is more dense than Mono, thus giving it a smaller diam. in the same lb test rating.

Since when?  

Trilene 100% flouro 12 lb. test - 0.013"

Sufix Elite 12 lb. test - 0.014"

Silver Thread AN40 12 lb. test - 0.013"

Yo-Zuri Hybrid 12 lb. test - 0.013"

Gamma CoPolymer 12 lb. test - 0.014"

Stren 100% flouro 12 lb. test - 0.013"

Trilene Sensation 12 lb. test - 0.012"

Sunline Shooter FC 12 lb. test - 0.011"

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I find it fascinating that Tackle Tour's tests show fluorocarbon's stretch to be on a par with the stretchy Trilene XL, yet week after week on TV I see high-profile pros talking about its low stretch. I wonder where their information is coming from.

Fluorocarbon was used as a leader material for many years before it was introduced as a main line.  Fluorocarbon leader material is very stiff and indeed stretches very little.  To make fluorocarbon suitable for main line use, manufacturers had to mix it with resins to improve its flexibility.  This softened the line up, and in turn increased the stretch.  It seems the no stretch perception of fluorocarbon leader material carried over to main line fluorocarbon.  Upon using main line fluorocarbon for the first time, it seemed apparent to me it stretched at least as much as the copolymer I was using.  There wasn't anything to back it up until the TT tests.  It wasn't shocking to me at all.  

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Marty, some fluorocarbon packages state "low stretch" on the label  just like some nylon monos do. You have to question what the statement "low stretch" is in comparison to. In some cases it must be a rubber band.

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Marty, some fluorocarbon packages state "low stretch" on the label just like some nylon monos do. You have to question what the statement "low stretch" is in comparison to. In some cases it must be a rubber band.

Sometimes it seems to me that almost every line calls itself low stretch, small diameter, abrasion resistant, easy handling and very strong. I've always found it very difficult to get good information about lines.

The_Natural,

That's quite an interesting explanation. You seem very knowledgeable about the subject.

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If you are a cheapskate like me,,,,,   I only use flourocarbon on my abu garcia winch for deep diving crankbaits.

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If you are a cheapskate like me,,,,, I only use flourocarbon on my abu garcia winch for deep diving crankbaits.

I am a cheapskate like you. I only use flouro on one rod (mostly used for suspending jerkbaits)...everything else gets Berkley Big Game mono.

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Here is what I have on my different setups:

Topwater-mono because fluro sinks

Cranks-mono because it has a little stretch to keep from ripping out hooks

Jerkbaits-fluro because it sinks and allows me to feel soft bites on slack line. I use a softer rod to allow for a little give to keep from ripping hooks.

Jigs/Plastics-Fluro because it sinks, straighter line directly to lure, more sensitive, nearly invisible.

Spinnerbait/Swimbait-Fluro because of sensitivity

I only use Seaqar Invis-X floro. 8lb on spinning reels, 10-17 on baitcasters. Only mono I use is Trilene XL in 10-14lb

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