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Somebody at work asked me what braid I would recommend in freezing conditions. The question is more about will if freeze or can it keep more water off the guides, so they don't freeze.

I thought about it and didn't have an answer. I use PP, and probably won't change. My coworker wondered if PP Slick would work any better, since it has that wax-like covering. I have used Slick and don't care for it because I believe it lacks knot strength and the covering will wear off relatively easily. But I wonder if Slick doesn't tend to keep a little more water off the guides, since it is sort of waterproof.


Anybody have any recommendations or thoughts?
 

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I dont think any braid would make enough difference to justify the expense of changing with the specific intent of reducing ice. Mono doesnt hold any water and they can still ice up pretty quick. Best thing I have found to reduce icing is to spray the guides with Reel Magic. When they do ice up, a quick dip of the rod into the water will free them up pretty good.
 

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We encountered frozen guides a lot steelhead fishing in the winter. Pam cooking spray on the guides works well. A buddy had this paste that was made for guides but for the life of me cannot remember what its called. Usually the Pam worked very well though. I always reapplied when I took a break to warm my hands. You really only need a way to displace the water that could accumulate, so I imagine wd40 or even gun oil would work too.

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