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Been using cxx as leader material for a while now but I'm thinking of changing up to something else. What I like most about it is the abrasion resistance since I fish lakes full of coral rock with steeeeep drop offs from shore. I've thought about floro but I remember reading something about floor breaking easy once its knicked. So I'm thinking a different copoly would be best for me. I'll be using it in 6 ,10 and maybe 12# test. Excellent abrasion resistance is number one priority with low visibility beig a close second.

What do you guys suggest?

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Either go floro or stick with CXX. There is no line as abrasion resistant as CXX. As far as floro goes, I would use Abrazx.

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Yep Abrazx is the stuff if your going to go flouro. CXX is incredibly tough stuff though.

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I don't over complicate the leader issue and quit using using florocarbon, I fish in Florida too and fish the same kind of areas. I just use leftover trilene 17# or 20# p-line floroclear from my offshore reels. Nothing short of wire is going to save you getting cut off on coral. I hardly ever lose anything in freshwater, saltwater I lose stuff every day.

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You could give XPS fluorocarbon a try as well, it's on sale right now at BPS I think. It's also made by Seagar by the way. No matter what line you use, always use KVD's Line & Lure in conjunction with it. It will save you quite a few headaches.

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A couple of lakes I fish have chunk shale like rock, you complain about coral, well, imagine fishing on broken glass bottles, 10-12 CXX as main line and a good leader made out of 17-20 CXX and the problem is solved. It´s amtter that the line you are using as leader is just not thick enough.

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I guess its a confidence thing but I prefer as thin a line as I can get away with. The lakes I fish in my area are pretty clear and heavily fished also.

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Ande Fluorocarbon leader is about the best there is. blows Abrazx out of the water in terms of leader material. YoZuri HD is good too.

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Fluoro in general seems like the best leader material to me, as it is practically invisible, but the abrasion problems can cause and issue, I don't really fish anywhere that it's an issue, so I'm not sure about what line brand in particular. I have though, proven that line/leader makes a big difference though, brother in law was fishing with straight braid, couldn't hardly catch anything, so I told him to let me see his rod, and tied on about a 4 ft leader of fluro, and what would you know, he started catching more fish. Perhaps not the most scientific way, but it seemed to make a difference.

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Keep in mind, with abrasion resistance relating to leader material or wind on leader, you're talking about material that is 4-7 times as hard as what we most often relate to in fluorocarbons. In most situations, the abrasion we see in lines is due in part to the lines we fish being softer, much softer, in the first place. If you use a true leader material, don't forget to tie supremely excellent knots. Make each and every one the best you've ever tied, if you will. It's so much harder and if it does get a bad knot will pop instantly. Take great care in working with it and it will treat you very well.

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hooligan brings up a good point in that fluorocarbon main line is different than fluorocarbon leader material. leader material is stiffer, "grippier" (not as slick), and costs a heckuva lot more than main line.

to the OP, i think you have it slightly wrong. fluoro gets very weak when it is KINKED...it stands up to knicks very well.

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