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    Tks guys, appreciate the inputs. I have decided to try a couple of the suggested brands and see which works for me. Nice to hear about the longevity. I normally change out my mono at least 3 times a year. So braid in the long run is going to be less expensive for me. Dale

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    I have been using Kast King for the past couple of years with no problems. With braid, every couple of years take the line off, make the top of the line on the bottom of the spool so the bottom becomes the top. Every braid I have used faded, so don’t let that part bother you.

    Everyone has his/her favorite line... looks like now you have to figure out what yours is/are.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Hobbs View Post
    I have been using Kast King for the past couple of years with no problems. With braid, every couple of years take the line off, make the top of the line on the bottom of the spool so the bottom becomes the top. Every braid I have used faded, so don’t let that part bother you.

    Everyone has his/her favorite line... looks like now you have to figure out what yours is/are.























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    Scott, tks for the input bud. My friend in SC swears by KastKing braid and he fishes saltwater 2-3 times a week normally. I read some reviews on KK about the dye on it gumming up reels and guides. My bud said he runs his through a damp rag while spooling it. Have you run into any issues with it gumming things up ?

    I have decided to try numerous brands, KK being one of them. The cost of it is sure attractive. I am someone who does not mind spending xtra monies if I am truly going to get better results. For sure a lot of options, but I am for sure going to try all the brands that have been suggested to me. I will eventually post a braid test results and knots for braids.

    Tks again to all who have helped me pick several options to try. Tight lines

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    I like Spider Wire, I've tried Power Pro and think it's too stiff.
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    If I normally use a 12-15lb mono for my lure casting Spinning outfits. Lures I use most the time in Saltwater are, Mirror lures and Jigs with imitation shrimp or a paddle tail. Is 20lb braid going to cast like the 15lb mono ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LIVIT View Post
    If I normally use a 12-15lb mono for my lure casting Spinning outfits. Lures I use most the time in Saltwater are, Mirror lures and Jigs with imitation shrimp or a paddle tail. Is 20lb braid going to cast like the 15lb mono ?
    Most braid does not cast like mono, the "smooth, slick" ones cast better than mono and give a greater distance in my opinion, but tangles are harder to pick out!! The old style Fins and Power Pro do not cast the same and make more noise. Big braids in the 30 and up size are really noisy. But braid is the best thing to happen to fishing line since mono came out in my opinion. Take a cotter pin and file the long side to a fine point, then smooth it so that it still has a good point but is slightly rounded and will not cut your line. stick it in a piece of tubing and keep it on a lanyard or in the tackle box. You can spread it out and use it to pick out tangles in braid then fold it back together and stick it in the tubing and it will not cause any problems in the box till you need it again. Or better yet I will bring you one next time we fish.

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    I have tried many braids, Suffix 832 and Power Pro Slick 8 are the ones I prefer.

    I keep my eyes open at flea markets and boat/fishing shows for deals and I buy larger spools on Amazon to get the best price when I need some and haven't run across any.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbeam View Post
    Most braid does not cast like mono, the "smooth, slick" ones cast better than mono and give a greater distance in my opinion, but tangles are harder to pick out!! The old style Fins and Power Pro do not cast the same and make more noise. Big braids in the 30 and up size are really noisy. But braid is the best thing to happen to fishing line since mono came out in my opinion. Take a cotter pin and file the long side to a fine point, then smooth it so that it still has a good point but is slightly rounded and will not cut your line. stick it in a piece of tubing and keep it on a lanyard or in the tackle box. You can spread it out and use it to pick out tangles in braid then fold it back together and stick it in the tubing and it will not cause any problems in the box till you need it again. Or better yet I will bring you one next time we fish.

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    As always my friend, you fix me up ! Tks Again tks to yall for helping me. I work PT at the Sportsmanswarehouse in Asheville (where Field & Stream use to be) All the brands suggested are carried in store from what I've noticed, except Kast King. If your in store, say hi, I am normally in the Gun or Archery Depts.... Dale
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    I was in the same boat (ha) a couple years ago. I tried pretty much every brand of braid I could get my hands on. The best by far is Suffix 832. Super Slick V2 is a close second but I've had issues with knots slipping. I use an FG knot to a tie a 7' section of leader line so when I have to retie I only have to tie the lure/jig head/hook and with super slick I can't get the FG to hold. Suffix will have my business as long as they keep making 832, and probably longer.
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    I've had good luck (so far) with Daiwa J-8x (10, 15, 20, 30 lbs.), standard Power Pro (10, 15, 30 lbs.), and Power Pro Super-Slick V2 (10 lbs.). My only problem with braid with with the 15 lbs. Daiwa Samurai - it knotted up like crazy on me - could have been the reel (Penn SSV 3500) - I switched to PPSSV2 on that reel and have had no issues at all since. OH
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    OH: That's interesting. I've got Daiwa Samurai 15# on three reels (two Daiwa, one Shimano) and I've got Samurai 20#, 30# and 55# (I think) on other reels, all Shimano and Daiwa. Absolutely no problems, and I love the stuff. On the other hand, my two tries with Daiwa J-8X were both catastrophes, both on Daiwa reels.
    So I'm guessing that the likely causes are:
    Some lines just go better with some reels / line lay
    How it was spooled / not tight enough or over spooled
    Operator error. I'm pretty experienced with braid and I think very proficient and careful, but can't rule that out.

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    Bmac, I’m guessing the Penn Spinfisher V 3500 reel just wouldn’t work with the 15 lbs. Samurai. Both lines (initially 15 lbs. Samurai and replacement 10 lbs. PP Super Slick V2) were spooled at Neuse in Cedar Point - the guys seem to do a good job, I’ve had no line problems with anything else they’ve spooled. Other folks have no issue with Samurai - so my conclusion is simply wrong combination. I have standard PP and J8x on Daiwa BG 2500, 3000, & 4000 reels - either line seem to work equally well on the reels. OH

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    I fish an ultralight 7ft rod throwing DOA shrimp, 1/8oz jigs, and mirro/heavydines. My favorite line is 8lb Nanofil. Insane casting distance but the sacrifice is it is not as bulletproof as powerpro. You gotta check for freys now and then.

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    I use Dawia J braid. 20 lb on my inshore 3000 Dawia BG and 65 and 80 on my offshore Bottom fishing/jigging set ups. It inexpensive and works awesome very nice line.

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    I like J-Braid also. The line isn't colorfast tho, the dye was turning my reel green.
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