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Has anyone tried this with much luck.

I'm heading for Caribou Falls Ontario on the English River. The reservoir is basically a timber field from what I'm heading. People say dont use mono up there or you'll have issues.

So I was thinking I'd try Fireline Crystal. We'll be jigging primarily for 'eyes and throwing crankbaits for pike. The water is fairly clear.

Other options?

Thanks

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spider wire makes a clear braid also. It seems like good stuff so far, and is alot rounder than fireline

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I feel that the crystal is quite visible. I've caught plenty of walleyes tying directly to the crystal and fishing jigs but prefer to tie on a three foot flourocarbon leader with a small "ant" swivel.

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There was also just a thread on this in the Equipment forum with some opinions on it. Fireline Crystal Thread

I started using it this year and I like it so far.

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I mainly use braid/superline on most of my gear, and agree w/ matthothand, when needed, just add a fluorocarbon or mono leader. This allows you fish thin, stonger, no-stretch line and more of it on the spool.

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I almost never fish walleyes without a mono or fluorocarbon leader no matter what kind of line I have spooled on my reel so the visability isnt an issue for me as much as the reliability is. Fireline works fine for me as does the berkley braid I have tried.

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I think the smoke color is actually less visable in the water than the crystal. It at least looks somewhat natural. The crystal just looks like white sewing thread.

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If you are buying it for the "almost" mono visibility you will be disappointed. You can see it very clearly on an Aquaview 30ft down. That siad , all my spinning reels have it on paired with Fluoro leaders. The smoke color is less visible in the water but I find it hard to see above the water. I do a lot of line watching so the visible white of Crystal is a plus. If you are just planning to vertical jig and don't want to use a leader go woth the smoke color.

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If you are buying it for the "almost" mono visibility you will be disappointed. You can see it very clearly on an Aquaview 30ft down. That said , all my spinning reels have it on paired with Fluoro leaders. The smoke color is less visible in the water but I find it hard to see above the water. I do a lot of line watching so the visible white of Crystal is a plus. If you are just planning to vertical jig and don't want to use a leader go with the smoke color.

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I have been fishing a green stained lake lately and have noticed that power pro tied directly to the jig worked better then the crystal. It was very hard to see the green line and the white Fireline really sticks out. The crystal is a very strong line and is even a little stiffer then some of the other superlines I use. In very clear waters I will use a florocarbon leader. It's good stuff but I am going to stick with Power Pro for now untill I find something else I like.

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I like the crystal and have no issues with fish seeing, at least I don't think so. We nailed the walleyes this week and it seemed like it wasn't an issue. I love the sensitivity. We were tying directly to a jig.

Kevin

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Try Power Pro you won't be disappointed. I've used the Crystal and the Power Pro right after each other and when jigging the jig dropped better with the Power Pro.

On the English River the green color of Power Pro will not be an issue of visibility.

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I'll second the Power Pro suggestion. They have Power Pro now in a new Red, that over time fades to red/pink. Pink is a very neutral color in water...that is why the gill-nets use pink mono on commercial netting operations.

For light walleye jigging 1-8 is slick, medium duty jig/rigging the 2-10 is great, trolling and heavy walleye jigging the 4-15 is a very good choice.

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Ok, I put Crystal on my Curado last night. That's my pike rig. For jiggin I'll just leave the Berkley Transitions on there. I'll take a spool of Spiderwire moss in case I have issues. The gf's step dad may not let me in the boat if I have mono or fluorocarbon on my reels.

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For any casting and or trolling I use it. I love the strength, durability and low line memory. I don't get out every week, so when I am out, I spend alot less time monkeying around and more time fishing!

CJH

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I love fireline, everytime I fish w/o it, it just seems so wierd, i spoiled myself and it seems like I can't feel a bite when I'm using mono.

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