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I cannot believe there is not a thread on this out there. I just did not see it.

I have never used braided line. Always wanted to but have always hear rumors that it will cause severe rats nests in spinning gear (which is what I like to use) and that it impairs proper casting, etc.

However, being able to string 10 lb test with a 4 lb diameter, that is pretty darned compelling. So I am curious for those of you who use it, do any of the rumor hold true? Is there a knack to it, a do's and don'ts, etc?

Like I said, I use spinning reels primarily, so anything specific to those and braided line?

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It has its ups and downs. Heres just a few

Pros

Strong test for thin line

No stretch(good in some cases)

Easy to tie knots with

Cons

Sever knots when casting into the wind and walkin the dog

No stretch(bad in some cases)

Expensive

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Sever knots when casting into the wind and walkin the dog

peacock, forgive my thick-headedness here, what did you mean with this? Are you talking about it severe knots in the reel when casting into the wind, or are you saying the line severs at the knots? Sorry, been one of those days and the caffeine is low right now.

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I use braid on all my spinners and would not consider changing. I routinely cast into the ocean 20-30 mph almost daily..........no wind knots, there is a little trick to it.

You may get knotted from jigging or top lure, the pause as you reel up the slack sometimes forms a loop and that can be a problem. With practice you become more proficient and greatly reduce it.  I use mostly 15# PP.

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That is a good guide. I am thinking i will put it on the rig I use for deep water and jigs, and keep it away from my general purpose rig (which I use for trout fishing, spinners, carolina rigging live bait and plastics, etc).

The visibility was my big concern and trout seem especially easy to spook in the streams with a visible line.

The thing with trout fishing, you only got 1 rig to carry so it has to work and keep working the entire day.

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I have never used braided line. Always wanted to but have always hear rumors that it will cause severe rats nests in spinning gear (which is what I like to use) and that it impairs proper casting, etc.

However, being able to string 10 lb test with a 4 lb diameter, that is pretty darned compelling. So I am curious for those of you who use it, do any of the rumor hold true? Is there a knack to it, a do's and don'ts, etc?

Not sure where you heard the "rumors" but it is a bunch of bull. It resists twisting better than most other line types and is about as user friendly in terms of "memory" as you could want. Now if it does get wrapped around a tip or you get a wind knot, you'll probably have to cut it out, but a lot of that can be eliminated by just selecting your braid based on the diameter appropriate for your reel and not the pound test rating. In other words, if you typically use 8 or 10 pound test mono, then go with something along the lines of 20 pound test braid. That will also go a long way in helping with "digging" which can happen at times with braid.

-T9

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Sever knots when casting into the wind and walkin the dog

peacock, forgive my thick-headedness here, what did you mean with this? Are you talking about it severe knots in the reel when casting into the wind, or are you saying the line severs at the knots? Sorry, been one of those days and the caffeine is low right now.

Sorry for not secifying, I mean knots in the line from the retrieve and casting.

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Always wanted to but have always hear rumors that it will cause severe rats nests in spinning gear (which is what I like to use) and that it impairs proper casting, etc.

I've used one brand (Tuf-Line) that did seem to impair proper casting, in that it kept catching on itself and the cast stopped short abruptly.

It is true that rats' nests can happen, but they also happen with other types of line. I've had my share of impossible tangles--possibly due to my own carelessness--but no more with braid than mono. I'm doing most of my spinning with braid the last couple of years. For me, the upside supersedes the downside.

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I use 30lb PP or Sufix on all my spinning gear and never had a problem. I think Power Pro actually casts farther than the same diameter mono. You do need to watch the bail close or close it manually to make sure it doesn't wrap over the top and if you get a twist in the line do not open the bail until you get it out. The pros far out weigh the cons

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Spinning reel use: never, ever close the bail by turning the reel handle. Always close it by hand. That will eliminate 99.9% of spinning reel problems. With braid, since it is so limp, watch for the line getting wrapped on the drag adjustment knob for front drag reels. If at all possible depending on the presentation, close the bail without slack line.

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i use spinning gear 90%  i used 30#powerpro 100% of the time last year with 0 problems whatsoever!!! if visibility is a prob use a flouro leader. braid is the way to go! i am however going to try co-poly this year. just to see if it is all it is cracked up to be.

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