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04/10/2014 01:20PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
Is fluorocarbon to stiff to use alone on a reel for trolling? Casting? I heard after a short while it doesn't go back on the reel without entanglement?
 
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Moonman
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04/10/2014 01:49PM  
If you use the leader material, which is basically original fluoro, it is a bit too stiff for regular fishing line/casting/trolling etc. Use it only for a leader (abrasion resistance and bite proof in heavier weights, as well as stealth), tying it to mono or braid. If it is 'mainline fluoro' then yes, its fine for general fishing applications. I can recommend lines like Saegaur InvizX, Seagaur tatsu (expensive but probably the best stuff out there), Maxima (the mainline, not leader material). The original Berkley stuff was garbage. It may have been redeveloped, as recently I have been hearing people using it with success, but I would stick to Seagaur or Maxima. Mind you there are other brands that may be fine, I just have had good success with Seagaur and Maxima. The refractory index (invisiblity) of fluoro mainline is not as good as the original 'Leader Material', however still better than mono.

Moonman.
 
Arlo Pankook
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04/10/2014 03:52PM  
I use Seaguar for leaders and Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon when I spool up. I agree that the Berkley Vanish is not as good of a product.

I typically spool up on a baitcasting set-up but just use it as leader on a spinning reel as it does require a bit more tending to then mono, especially when casting. One exception though is my ice fishing spinning reels are spooled up with 4# and 6# floro for Crappies and Walleyes. It is similar to spooling up with Berkeley XT imo.
 
bassnut
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04/10/2014 04:20PM  
The above responders are spot on. If I may add:

If you are contemplating the use of fluoro in the BW....these fish are not subject to the same fishing pressure as, say, the twin cities lakes, or "my" bass lakes in N.E. Okla. A quality mono such as Stren, Trilene XL or XT, will work great in the BW. They are not line shy....not yet! Fluoro is kinda not easy to work with, use it when you can control the situation, like at a "home" lake.
 
QueticoMike
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04/10/2014 04:49PM  
quote bassnut: "The above responders are spot on. If I may add:


If you are contemplating the use of fluoro in the BW....these fish are not subject to the same fishing pressure as, say, the twin cities lakes, or "my" bass lakes in N.E. Okla. A quality mono such as Stren, Trilene XL or XT, will work great in the BW. They are not line shy....not yet! Fluoro is kinda not easy to work with, use it when you can control the situation, like at a "home" lake."


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Thump
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04/10/2014 05:17PM  
quote bassnut: "The above responders are spot on. If I may add:


If you are contemplating the use of fluoro in the BW....these fish are not subject to the same fishing pressure as, say, the twin cities lakes, or "my" bass lakes in N.E. Okla. A quality mono such as Stren, Trilene XL or XT, will work great in the BW. They are not line shy....not yet! Fluoro is kinda not easy to work with, use it when you can control the situation, like at a "home" lake."


On top of that, it is expensive. I used 8lb trilene last year and caught all the fish I wanted. Mono is just the better line for fighting fish in my opinion. The stretch helps keep the hook in a fishes mouth during its headshakes and jumps. Flouro is for line shy fish and non-stretch applications like flipping a jig/worm. Throwing crankbaits and similar baits you always want mono...
 
shock
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04/10/2014 05:55PM  
i use fluorocarbon leaders on some of my tip ups but i'm a mono guy too big fan of magna-thin and bassproshop brand is very under rated at a very cheap price. if your targeting pike i can see using it for a leader. but then i would just use a 12"-18" steel leader with snap, lakers and pike are not very leader shy, as others have stated.
 
missmolly
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04/10/2014 06:37PM  
I used it once and abandoned it: hard to tie knots, tons of memory, and couldn't cast as far.
 
dpreiner21
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04/11/2014 12:18AM  
Last year was the first year I spooled my spinning reel with flouro. The line I used was seaguar invizX 6 lb test...

I really only have good things to say about this line:

- I didn't have any line memory problems.
- It is way more abrasion resistant than mono.
- Way stronger than mono ( I have bent jighead hooks straight after horrible snags... nothing a 6lb mono could do)
- Less stretch than mono (this can be good or bad depending the type of fishing you're doing.
- The line is pretty much invisible in the water.

I love to jig for walleyes and found the sensitivity to be much better than mono... the only downside for me was the cost ($20 for 200 yds).
 
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04/11/2014 12:44PM  
quote QueticoMike: "quote bassnut: "The above responders are spot on. If I may add:



If you are contemplating the use of fluoro in the BW....these fish are not subject to the same fishing pressure as, say, the twin cities lakes, or "my" bass lakes in N.E. Okla. A quality mono such as Stren, Trilene XL or XT, will work great in the BW. They are not line shy....not yet! Fluoro is kinda not easy to work with, use it when you can control the situation, like at a "home" lake."



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carmike
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04/11/2014 07:14PM  
You guys nailed it...Not much to add except a +10 or something like that. :)
 
04/11/2014 07:28PM  
I was looking at it fluoro sinks and for the same strength would be consistently stronger and more abrasion resistant. Maybe I will just stick with Berkely sensation? I liked that.
 
Arlo Pankook
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04/11/2014 07:43PM  
I have probably said enough on this but...

It does sink so it might not be a good choice for your favorite popper or zara spook as it will change the action.

It isn't an all around solution that is for sure.

If you fish a lake that has very clear water you might pick up a few more bites per day. In other words, when fishing is tough, you might wish you had it. I'm not big on the "their not biting" rational.

During post-turnover in fall it can be a good option when lakes get very clear and cold and fish can be selective. Ice fishing too.

If I had ten rods rigged for Bass, Walleyes, Pike and lakers...maybe two would be spooled up with flouro.
 
04/11/2014 09:29PM  
Thanks,very informative.
 
Basspro69
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04/11/2014 10:00PM  
quote Thump: "quote bassnut: "The above responders are spot on. If I may add:



If you are contemplating the use of fluoro in the BW....these fish are not subject to the same fishing pressure as, say, the twin cities lakes, or "my" bass lakes in N.E. Okla. A quality mono such as Stren, Trilene XL or XT, will work great in the BW. They are not line shy....not yet! Fluoro is kinda not easy to work with, use it when you can control the situation, like at a "home" lake."



On top of that, it is expensive. I used 8lb trilene last year and caught all the fish I wanted. Mono is just the better line for fighting fish in my opinion. The stretch helps keep the hook in a fishes mouth during its headshakes and jumps. Flouro is for line shy fish and non-stretch applications like flipping a jig/worm. Throwing crankbaits and similar baits you always want mono..."
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