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Stren 3  [10.71%]
Ande 5  [17.86%]
Berkley 4  [14.29%]
Spiderwire 1  [3.57%]
Powerpro 10  [35.71%]
Maxima 0  [0.00%]
Rapala 0  [0.00%]
Yo-Zuri 0  [0.00%]
Other 5  [17.86%]
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Capn Jimbo Offline
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Posted: July 03 2004,15:18

Not a Power Pro user, but have heard the same thing bout closing the bail manually, so natch I did my usual research thing.  Best I can come up with is that by closing the bail manually, followed by a slight tug (to firm up the line tension on the reel) will avoid slack, tangles etc.

Here's quite an extensive thread on Capn Mel's:

Power Pro v Mono Thread

:capn:


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PALADIN Offline
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Posted: Dec. 29 2004,12:07

There is a small learning curve...maybe half and hour. But the benifits are NO memory, lasts forever ( if you need to re-spool just reverse it and new line!!), will improve your casting accuracy and distance dramatically, and did I say strong. As I said before I use Tuff Line XP who actually private lables for Power Pro.
And because of the wind lately I too now manually close the bail without thinking about it...oh yeah I can get 200 plus yards of 15# braid on my 2500 Diawa


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Posted: Dec. 29 2004,22:19

Dacron backing with SA WF fly lines; Ande mono for leaders with flouro tippet...oh wait, spinning rods...

Well since I've been rediscovering my spinning rods recently (I blame storm wildeyes) I've just been using plain 'ol Ande. I've been experimenting with powerpro on one spool and I do like it quite a bit but I also like having the Ande spool. I just bought some ande backcountry to try out. The tufline discussion is very intriguing, might have to pick some of that up. Who carries it?

Ken
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Posted: Dec. 30 2004,03:22

Hey Ken...

Just wondered if you could compare and contrast the Ande with the Powerpro.  You carry both, why?  What do you like/dislike about each?  What are the situations that cause you to use one or the other?

Thanks...

:capn:

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chefmik Offline
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Posted: Dec. 30 2004,03:31

After watching Capn fumble a few times with small birdnests and such with his mono line,, I will say powerpro or the tuffline is the way too go. Have been using power pro for the past 6 mos and love it! Have not had to change lines yet...very rarely get any birdnests...and you can feel every hit. :cool:

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Posted: Jan. 05 2005,03:13

The only comparison between the superbraids and mono is that they are both sold as fishing line.

PowerPro is tops in the superbraid world.

Accept it, embrace it, learn to love it. You'll never look back :cool:


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RalphL Offline
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Posted: Jan. 05 2005,07:34

Comparison/Contrast of Mono and Braid:

Mono is cheaper and less visible (particularly the flourocarbon varieties) in water.  Braid is much more abrasion resistant, can be made to be slicker than mono (although this is not always done), is stronger for its diameter, and is far more sensitive.  

Among the monofiliment lines that I have used extensively (Ande, Stren, DAM to name a few), Ande stands out as the best overall.  It is readily available, consistent in quality, and comes in a variety of colors,weights and spool sizes. It is the best casting mono that I have tried, and has the best knot characteristics.  Some mono lines, Stren particularly, become almost useless when overstretched, like when you catch a fish that weighs more than the line test.  Ande does not have this problem.    

Among the braids, (Powerpro, Spider Wire, Yozuri hybrid) I prefer Powerpro.  It is the slickest, therefore the best casting, of those that I have tried.  It has the best balance of softness/stiffness, and is the most sensitive (ie. transmits hits the best).  Spider Wire is also very good, but in my opinion, is a bit too soft. It behaves like sewing thread when wet, making it difficult to thread through rod guides and terminal tackle. The biggest downside of all braids is that they cannot be cut with regular side cutter pliers.  You must use a sharp edged instrument (scissors, razor, knife) to cut it cleanly.  You can pack way more braid of a given weight test on a reel than you can mono of the same weight.  For instance, 10# test Powerpro is about the same diameter as 2# test Ande mono, therefore, a spinning reel that is rated to hold 200 yards of 10# mono will hold something like 500 yards (probably more) of 10# test Powerpro.  This is both a blessing and a curse, as the braid is much more expensive.  300 yards of Powerpro 10# test sells for around $20-25 whereas 2700 yards of 10# Ande sells for $12-25.  Powerpro lasts way longer, as do all braids, so in the end, it all works out.  I usually put enough backing on my reels so that 300 yards of PP fills them to the appropriate level for optimal casting.  Because of the slickness of PP, you must be careful to anchor it well on the spool.  I remember the first time I filled my 12# spinner with PP and went plugging for snook, only to find that the entire spool of line would rotate on the reel spool since I tied it on with a uni-knot loop and didn't get it cranked down properly.  Talk about FREESPOOL, first fish almost emptied the reel with the drag cranked down all the way.  Another downside of braid, caused by its small size combined with its slickness, is that it will cut you much more readily that mono or dacron.  You can get a real deep line cut from PP without trying hard.  Getting plugs unstuck from trees, or bottom rigs unsnagged takes on a whole new dimension with braids.  I use fluorocarbon mone leader on all my rigs, both for add invisibilty at the business end of things as well as to have a way to break off snags without losing a lot of expensive braid.  Just be real careful not to grab a handful of braid and try to snap of a snag.  You could easily lose a finger.  

The choice between mono and braid is mostly one of cost.  The greatly enhanced sensitivity and strength of braid make it much more effective in Florida's saltwater environment.  If you can AFFORD to use it, the choice is obvious.
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critterdog Offline
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Posted: Feb. 03 2005,19:19

I had to try the new stuff.After many years of mono.Toninght I went fishing on my test lake 50 yards from my back door.Has a lot of big bass.I have to give them a break every now and then.have not bothered them in two or three weeks.Bought some fire line.It casts great from my ambas 5500, very smooth.Have to get used to feeling every rock with my 100% graphite rod.The first problem I had was after reeling in 3 bass I snaged a monster and the knot came loose, and the next cast i hooked an even bigger bass and the hook came untied.That bass came to the top and shook his head and had a mouth that you could put two fists in.It had my worm in its mouth and was pissed, so was I.Three fish later and still pissed off and hating this new line I hooked another big bass,it dived and ran back and forth ,I could feel the line going across the rocks any other line would have snapped.I tied the knots they suggested but still not sold on the new stuff caught the fish after adding two half hitches on top of the knot.Hope it gets better.
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Posted: Mar. 01 2005,08:03

Two things:

What's everybody think of spiderwire? Some of the Wmarts have it on clearance.

Critter:

I haven't had a problem with the braids & knots but I sandwich it between mono. Mono on the spool as "backing", braid as "running line" and then heavier mono as a leader. I use double uni knots to connect the braid to mono; seems to even grip better if I double the braid when tying it. I have caught a large number of very strong mangroves (and even a couple of fish  :p ) and can attest that the mono/braid connections hold quite well, even against significant pressure.

Ken
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Thing One Offline
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Posted: Mar. 06 2005,20:10

I tried spiderwire several years ago, an #8 test, didn't have any problem with knot strength or toughness but the stuff was so light the wind would bow it into the trees or blow it of the bail at the end of a cast - not a good thing if you get a quick strike.
I'm another confirmed powerpro user.  Today I snagged up in some lilly pads at Holiday Park, using some #10 stuff tied off with a uni-knot- simply reeled myself in- kayak and all, against the wind to
free it up.
I have had some trouble with the uni-knot holding with some #15 test, however (Lost a nice trout by Bar Harbor last week.) :(


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