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Nanofil Questions And Some Coments.

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Spooled some 10# NanoFil for some Shakey head fishing this fall. I think there's more to like than dislike for me. I thought the line trasmitied vibration well. Caster well and helped keep me in good contact with my bait. Felt strong on a long hook set although I did break a couple off at first.

I noticed that on a long hook set, the line would have a tendency to dig in, which would usually show on the next cast. Not sure on abrasion resistance. I did not fish it in much wood cover although the little I did it was okay. Most of the time was in deeper water with some weed cover. It seems to fray a bit. Lots of little hairs rasing up. For me and I might question it's durability.

What do you think?

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I started useing 12# nano in the middle of last season. Overall I quit liked it,transmits well, has no stretch, casts well. I used it straight with no leader most of the time and with light jigs and plastics. One thing I did notice is that it seems to fray after a while ( especially the first 8-10 ft.) but I just cut it off and retie. So far I'm very glad I tried it and will continue to use it on some set-up in the future. Hate the color

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I have only used it once so far. I was fishing the 12lb on a medium spinning rod to fire 4" swimbaits for hybrids and largemouth at the local powerplant lake. I broke off about the first 3 fish on the hookset and was getting frustrated. I took my time and made really sure the next knot was tied well. After that it worked great. Hooksets were solid and castability was great. I didn't have a problem with it digging in but with an open hooked bait I wasn't setting the hook very hard either.

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Overall I quit liked it,transmits well, has no stretch, casts well. I used it straight with no leader most of the time and with light jigs and plastics. One thing I did notice is that it seems to fray after a while ( especially the first 8-10 ft.) but I just cut it off and retie. So far I'm very glad I tried it and will continue to use it on some set-up in the future.

Pretty much the same here. I use 6# no leader. The fraying too like after about 3-4 fish will re-tie. My initial impression of it didnt wow me but the stuff grew on me over use to where I really like it,

Oh,It blows in the wind, the line at times looks like an S with say a weightless nightcrawler on it.

About the color I fish a decently clear lake 10'-15' down 30' away I can see a nightcrawler. My best 1-1/2hr fishing ever on this lake was with this line tied to a senko and I caught 14 bass. I could see the bass schooling and just toss to them they didnt mind the line at all nor has my catch rate went down other times.

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Began using two spools of 10lb when it first became available this past June. Quickly learned to use a double Palomar knot when tying direct to terminal tackle and an Alberto knot when using a fluoro leader. Probably the most important knot lesson I learned when using this line was to leave a longer tag end... usually >1/2"!

Nanofil has a unique coating that gives it a mono-like behavior, don't you think the "fraying" is merely the coating wearing some rather than the bundled dyneema fibers fraying? At the end of the season the coating didn't seem as slippery and the line didn't cast quite as far as when it was new but it hasn't lost any strength.

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Have been using it since a little before it became available to the public. Its biggest weakness is definitely knot strength, especially in the lighter tests. You can either go up in pound test to help alleviate this, use a leader, or lighten up on your normal rod power/action. I've been using a flurocarbon leader better than 95% of the time, mostly Toray Super Hard Premium-Plus High Grade Fluorocarbon in 6# tied to both 4# and 6# NanoFil (my finesse outfits). Use either a J-knot, their recommended 11-turn double Albright, or a modified Albright (Crazy Alberto) with extra wraps to link fluoro leader to NanoFil, and test knot good before using. I've been sticking with the J-knot and it's been solid.

Sensitivity and handling is great with this line, much better than normal braid IMO - way better than Fireline and quite a bit better than PowerPro. There's no "breaking in" period with this line. It's been my exclusive line for finesse jigging bass this fall, and I caught somewhere north of 800 bass since October using the same 2 spools of 4#, but primarily 6# line without a single breakoff of the NanoFil (only broke 2 off from the leader). The line will show signs of fraying after a while as some have mentioned, but it's never compromised the strength of the line from what I can tell, and I've never gone out of my way to remove long sections from the end of the line.

Haven't had any problems with the white color, other than it can be difficult to see at times. My biggest hope for 2012 is that they release this line in a hi-vis version. White shows up good on flat/dark water, but is terrible in the sun or a glare/chop. Again, using a leader and fishing primarily 2'-6' vis water around here, but haven't seen any instances where the line spooked fish.

The line is very expensive ($20 for 150 yds), but by splitting spools, I've been able to go since June on 4 outfits using just 2 spools of 150 yd. line. When you add up all the crappies and bass I've caught using this line and divide by the cost of 2 spools, it works out to just pennies per fish. The only other braid I really want to try right now is 832 by Sufix. Heard and seen good things about it and would like to compare to NanoFil.

Keep in mind this line has been expressly marketed as a spinning rod line. I still don't think they make it in over 12# test yet. I'm guessing there are some reasons behind this, one being that hooksets with a baitcaster would probably be hell on knot breakage. I also think that line digging, which hasn't been a problem with spinning for me, might become one with baitcasting. This is all purely speculation on my part, but a fair warning for those that take the line in higher tests and might want to throw it on their casting rigs. Maybe you can get away with it, maybe not. I haven't tried yet.

-T9

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Sensitivity and handling is great with this line, much better than normal braid IMO - way better than Fireline and quite a bit better than PowerPro. -T9

See for me this the the area that didnt wow me. Ive used PP for years exclusively and know the feedback well and with this Nano I lost a number of nightcrawlers and never felt the slightess tick but then like you jig or senko dragging on bottom it has very good feedback.

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Loved how it handled,casted and felt. Not a big fan of the fraying!! I got it all the way down into my spool! I was using it for cranking. No it is not my rod guides and it was a brand new rod. Hairs standing up everywhere!! Still seemed to hold up but my concern is: Should I get any bad spots in the line then how in the heck would I ever be able to tell where they are?!?! Won't buy anymore.

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bought one, really hated it, the line broke on me everytime i use snekos or tx rigged. i switched to stren sonic braid, never had problems

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I used Nanofil on a Med spinning outfit fishing 6lb to an 8lb berkley 100% flouro leader w/a #6 swivel using a standard improved clench knot (I made it a point to leave a longer tag end since the line is so smooth). I really liked the castability and control with lighter lures as well as the high transfer of vibration and sensitivity when dragging the bottom. I did notice some pretty bad fraying but I just stripped off a few yards til I got to some fresh line and re-tied, problem solved. It's starting to grow on me but I haven't had enough experience on the water with it to say im making a switch from power-pro which I've used for years and have tons of confidence in. First impression was good though.

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I really dislike the Nanofil, having fished it pretty extensively. I think, as do many of the pros on the walleye trail, that it's a far more niche line than Berkley had planned on. Many pros are using it only when pitching jigs; they're not using it for anything else, it's simply their jig line. I talked to two pros this past week specifically about their thoughts on the line, one of whom is a Berkely pro, and he said much the same as I posted above, only that he's not even using it because of the color.

I'm not fond of the line's behaviour in terms of casting, and in terms of on the spool, nor do I like the fact that it has near zero abrasion resistance, even less than other forms of super-lines. The knot issues don't bother me, I tie good knots anyhow. I also dislike that you have to match leader sizes closely and tie a true blood-knot to keep it from slipping on you, we've tested it under too many conditions to dispute that fact; almost every knot that you tie with it is going to slip, even double palomar. The two that slipped the least are the Sadiego Jam and the Pitzen.

The final thing that I dislike about the line is that it has very, very close breaking strength to the rating, most of the time the rating is very true. I don't understand the attraction of having a line cost that much money that I'm really not gaining annything over going to braid. At least with braid I can straighten my hook or break a leader off, whereas with the Nano, I'm breaking the line.

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Great discussion on this new product as we watch the water get hard and look at all the new stuff. I was interested...... quickly getting less interested.

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I agree. Thought about trying it but too few people really like it so I will stick with spiderwire, which nobody ever mentions but I have always been satisfied with it.

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I have been contemplating this as a drop shot line using spinning gear. I fish deep water in the rocks in the current. Snags, and line twist can play nasty games on mono. Reading the mixed replies I think I'll pass and find something else. Thanks for the good reading!

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It casts really, really far at first. I was throwing 1/16 oz jigs on a rod that has trouble with 1/8, and it just jumped off the spool. I was completely blown away. Very impressive. Handled like alot of flouros on spinning reels.

After 3 trips, the casting isnt as good as at first. It has gotten more managable however. Knot strength isnt an issue. Ive been hung a few times and straightened hooks before 6lb broke. All in all, I probaly wont run out and buy a another spool, but it aint THAT bad so far.

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