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Looking for some input. I have a field & stream MH 6'6" with a silver max Abu reel. I use this setup for jig & T-rigs. I have only used mono & now I'm looking to make the leap to super-line. I read all the reviews that customers have made about Braid & Floro. But, that only makes harder to choose one. What do you guys like & why?

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Briad, the sensitivity is unrivaled, but if you want a low-stretch clear line, flourocarbon.

Or braid with a flouro leader  :;)

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I have a black max rigged with 30# for t-riggin in the heavy cover.  Sensitivity is unmatched and the small diameter braid acts like a knife cutting through some of the snot before your bait gets there.

I have tried many brands and prefer power pro over the others. 

If I am in clear water (rarely) then I just add a floro leader.

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Go with braid (30-50lb) and a 10lb Fluro leader.  Woburn... you have hundreds of cool ponds with insanely tannin stained water, around you.  For those you might not even need a leader.

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Straight braid unless you think the fish get spooked by it.

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I'm a big fan of braid with a fluoro leader.  Best of both worlds.  I recently tried using straight fluoro and just couldn't get into liking it.  I felt like I was setting the hook with a wet noodle after using braid so much.

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Braid, but I use a heavier leader 20# mono in freshwater, I lose less lures when I get hung up.  Floro leaders only for certain species.

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For my shakey head fishing, I use 10 lbs braid with a 6 lbs floro leader. I use a double uni knot to link the lines. Once its on the bottom you can feel every rock.

I'm thinking about switching to straight floro because of the sink factor. I don't like the way my braid floats and causes a bow in the line.

I like floro for my jigs because rocks seem to eat braid and I like my line to sink on the drop.

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I like flouro for finesse (worm/shaky/pitching) and crankbaits because it has low visibility, low stretch and, most importantly, (as Josh mentioned) it sinks.  I use braid for virtually everything else except topwaters (mono).

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i'll never understand leaders unless i get a chance to fish clear waters. they'll bite a lure tied to straight braid when the waters are at their clearest visibility.

which to me is like 2ft - 2 1/2 ft

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i'll never understand leaders unless i get a chance to fish clear waters. they'll bite a lure tied to straight braid when the waters are at their clearest visibility.

which to me is like 2ft - 2 1/2 ft

I started using leaders so I'm not cutting away braid on every retie.  A filler spool of fluoro lasts a long time when you're only using 6-8 feet at a time.

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Two different tools....in my mind the most important aspects to consider are braid floats, fluoro sinks.

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Two different tools....in my mind the most important aspects to consider are braid floats, fluoro sinks.

Very true, I usually don't tie on a floro leader. I find it best to have a rod (or 2-3) set with just floro. One less knot, and sinking line is an advantage in certain applications. I have found Cabela's, and BPS's, floro pretty managable even in colder temps. Don't know who makes their line for them, might even be the same co.

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Cool! Lots of good stuff! Up here in the northeast, the lakes & ponds are not ultra clear most are at least stained with 4-6 visibility. Don't know if I would really need a floro leader. Also, there isn't a lot of thick mats. Here we see Lily pads, lay downs, docks, weed beds & ledges ( a lot of rock). Which line is more user friendly? I have fish with a few different monos & have found that some are better than others. What brands do you guys like?

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Cool! Lots of good stuff! Up here in the northeast, the lakes & ponds are not ultra clear most are at least stained with 4-6 visibility. Don't know if I would really need a floro leader. Also, there isn't a lot of thick mats. Here we see Lily pads, lay downs, docks, weed beds & ledges ( a lot of rock). Which line is more user friendly? I have fish with a few different monos & have found that some are better than others. What brands do you guys like?

I too live in the Northeast with the same lilypads/weeds. I love to fish those areas, I had good luck with Powerpro braid. For finesse fishing in clear(er) water I use Cabela's or BPS floro, while braid floats,floro sinks. Good to have both. ;)

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I see some of you are still passing on the myth that fluorocarbon has low stretch. It has same amount of stretch a most nylon monos. In a Tackle Tour test, it was compared to Trilene XL.

The myth is perpetuated because it is sensitive, but the sensitivity is due to the line density being higher than nylon mono and not because of any low stretch characteristic.

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The water I fish is super clear so I use fluoro for ever thing except surface (I use mono) and C-Rig where I use braid with either a mono or fluoro leader. That choice depends on whether I am trying to get the bait up in th water column or not.

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Both are a must have. For all the naysayers just check out the BASS event from 2010  on the Delta(event 1). There is a need for both and I can tell you from fishing the delta myself that it is tough stuff.I punch with 25lb 100% fluoro all the time on the Delta.

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I use superlines (original Fireline isn't braided) with leaders mostly. I do use straight braid on several spinnerbait set-ups. I would use straight braid on some set-ups but I fish superclear water, and I like to save money by cutting into a leader instead of my main line all the time when changing lures.

I couldn't imagine having to go back to straight mono or fluoro for suspending jerkbaits versus the superline/leader set-up I use. Works perfectly for me.

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