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Flourocarbon Line: P-Line vs. Trilene 100%

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I have a 7'0" Medium rod with a fast action.  I use a size 30 quantum spinning reel on it.  This is my 'all-around' rod.  Being as I only own 3 rods/reels, I will use this rod in fast-moving streams for trout, to tight-line for crappie, and it's generally the one I'll put a bobber on when I feel lazy.  I'll also throw in-line spinners and spinnerbaits on it for bass.  I stay away from cover with this rod.

I've been considering putting flourocarbon line on it lately and had a few questions is general:

1) Since the line sinks, will it make bobber and top-water fishing impractical?

2) I've heard of problems with using flourocarbon line on spinning reels and wondered if P-Line would work better on a spinning reel than Trilene.  I hear that P-Line has less memory but would like some input on this if any of you have experience with it.

I am considering the 12# line but other suggestions would also be helpful.

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I use pline 20# on an 8000 spinner and 25 conventional.  I use it for it's thinnest, I can pack a lot on a spool for some long runs.

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I use pline 20# on an 8000 spinner and 25 conventional. I use it for it's thinnest, I can pack a lot on a spool for some long runs.

Really? That seems a little heavy for trout and crappie.   :)

None of those lines or weights are even close to what you need.

Trilene XL #6 will be just fine.

8-)

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Well, let me make a disclaimer.  I will trout fish with a fly rod and fly tackle.

The rod I am talking about will only be used for trout in very quick moving and/or rocky water that I wouldn't want to wade into (Heavier line in heavier waters).  6# is ideal for trout generally, but I am wanting to keep heavier line because I use this rod to fish for bass also.  Having an ultra-light rod/reel would really make this easier for me lol.

Is the consensus that bobber and top-water fishing with fluorocarbon line works well?

Thanks for the imput guys.

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Really? That seems a little heavy for trout and crappie.

Hey not for me, after reading some highly recommended posts I'm learning to fish heavy tackle for light fish, and thanks for the help in that area, someday I may be an expert at fishing for little guys just like you.

In the post I did neglect to mention that I thought that line was quite strong, didn't twist bad and had no coil, I just hit post before I was done. I was excited to get back to the Michael Jackson memorial, wouldn't missed it for the world.

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P - Line all the way

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Really? That seems a little heavy for trout and crappie.

Hey not for me, after reading some highly recommended posts I'm learning to fish heavy tackle for light fish, and thanks for the help in that area, someday I may be an expert at fishing for little guys just like you.

In the post I did neglect to mention that I thought that line was quite strong, didn't twist bad and had no coil, I just hit post before I was done. I was excited to get back to the Michael Jackson memorial, wouldn't missed it for the world.

I don't know. A line record for bonita will probably require lighter wire.

You might run into some sportfisherman that can give you some tips

on how they catch their bait.

You're still confused...This is a freshwater bass forum. If you want

to talk salt, find another venue or restrict yourself to "Other Species".

We don't fish 8000 series reels and we don't use 20 lb P-Line to fish

for crappie or trout.

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Using 20# test for crappie fishing is like hanging picture nails with a sledge hammer!  You might get it in, but you'll do more damage than it's worth in the process.

...you're likely to rip the hook right out of it's mouth using that kind of equipment.  Nothing to be proud of.

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I fish 250lb Jen-cai for Bluefin.  Maybe I should try it on the "small guys" like the rest of you? ;D

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Really? That seems a little heavy for trout and crappie.

Hey not for me, after reading some highly recommended posts I'm learning to fish heavy tackle for light fish, and thanks for the help in that area, someday I may be an expert at fishing for little guys just like you.

In the post I did neglect to mention that I thought that line was quite strong, didn't twist bad and had no coil, I just hit post before I was done. I was excited to get back to the Michael Jackson memorial, wouldn't missed it for the world.

I don't know. A line record for bonita will probably require lighter wire.

You might run into some sportfisherman that can give you some tips

on how they catch their bait.

You're still confused...This is a freshwater bass forum. If you want

to talk salt, find another venue or restrict yourself to "Other Species".

We don't fish 8000 series reels and we don't use 20 lb P-Line to fish

for crappie or trout.

I made no mention of saltwater or bontita on this thread and if I were to use an 8000 reel and 20lb line for bass that would be my option.  I don't fish for crappie.

My post was about the line and not the fish, I did do a poor job on the post, but I did comply to the rules.

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Thread de-raileddddddddddd

I hate Trilene 100%. It frayed wayyy too easily for my tastes, then again I haven't found a fluoro that I like yet. :;) The 100% was very manageable (on casting equipment anyways) but after an hour or two of fishing I could visibly see frays all up and down my line. Tried a couple different rods and techniques thinking something else was causing it but got the same results. :)

And no, I personally would DEFINITELY not recommend using fluoro for topwater fishing because the line sinks, it'll usually drag the nose of the bait into the water and take away from the action. As for using it for bobber fishing, I don't know why you'd want to but it probably wouldnt hurt.

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Thanks for all the input guys.

TruflShufl - My girlfriend uses a bobber for everything.

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For all around, 8-10 lbs will work fine; I've used it that way for years and still do.  However you're going to have to pic your brush/laydown work much more carefully.

I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum here, though, I prefer lighter tackle for heavier fish as when I fish there are no $$ at stake.

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Just my two cents worth, but I like the XPS flou. and I have tryed all of them. ::)

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I've had some really bad luck with Trilene 100% fluro. I bought a couple spools to try out mainly because it was so highly recommended by several members. Unfortunately all they had was 12# and nothing higher. I do a ton of jig fishing now so I would have preferred a little higher pound test but I figured if Jimzee can haul in a 50inch Muskie with it then it should be able to handle my needs. Well I was wrong! I never had so many breaks off in my life. It was like 8lb line not 12lb. Note this wasn't a "new" to fluro type situation I've fished Seaguar Invisx, Seaguar Red Label, Vanish, and Cabela's fluro. Trilene was very manageable and beat everything but InvisX in this department. The biggest problem and one I can't forgive was break offs. There was just to many of them and I'm sure getting a higher pound would help greatly but 12# line should be able to handle a good hook set. Maybe my first spool was bad but I tied a careful knot and checked my line often. I should also note the same problem struck my pops when he spooled up some.

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