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alright here is the scoop, i got a new rod and reel for christmas this year

reel: shimano sahara 2500 (spinning)

rod: a 7' falcon medium spinning rod.

the reel came with 8 pound spiderwire braided and when i tested it out in my backyard i could cast all my lures further than normal.  so i took my kayak out for the first time this year( trolling with a topwater) and some clown decided to drive his boat right behind me and literally took all my line.  so when i got home i put a 8 lb trilene flurocarbon line on my reel i noticed i couldn't cast some of the my lures (rooster tails, and smaller rapala floating minnows nearly as far as i could with the braided line? ( seems like it would die mid cast) is there a reason why it won't cast nearly as far?  should i just stick with the braided?  i am primarily a topwater lure person so any help would be appreciated.

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the braid is limper so it will cast furthur than flouro.a limp mono such as trilene xl might cast as far or close 2 it.

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Generally speaking, the thinner the line's diameter, the farther it should cast a lure.  8# braid should be much thinner than 8# fc any day of the week. You results therefore, should not be surprising. 8-)

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There may be redemption in that the clown in the boat may have ended up with a ruined prop shaft seal. :)

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8lb braid is about the equal of 1lb mono (Power Pro is anywayz).  AWESOME STUFF!!

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8lb braid is about the equal of 1lb mono (Power Pro is anywayz). AWESOME STUFF!!

I disagree, light braid is terrible. IMO. The wind takes the line everywhere, and it gets tangled around the rod so easily.

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No question braid does come with it's own set of problems, but well worth the trouble.  You get used to it fairly quick.  I use 10# for freshwater, has the sensitivity and cast ability of 2# with awesome strength.  Hooksets are just a mere wristflick.  I only use braid fresh and salt.

Mono has it's advantages but I can't think of any except price.

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What is the mono equivalent to 8# braid anyways? I can't imagine line so thin.

1LB test.

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Generally speaking, the thinner the line's diameter, the farther it should cast a lure. 8# braid should be much thinner than 8# fc any day of the week. You results therefore, should not be surprising. 8-)

There it is. Thinner line=longer casts. Braid is always thinner than mono in the same lb test. The limpness only becomes a factor when you are comparing braid with an equivalent diameter of mono.

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