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What line is best?

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I've used, Cortland dacron and spectron, power pro and tough line, and tough line plus. I must say that I really like the cortland spectron. But I've only used it for 3 months this past summer. I've tried mono but I can't stand to use it.

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I have always liked TUF line in 80 lb test. I use the TUF line plus now a days. I actually think the three main superlines of TUF Line, Power Pro, and Spectron are pretty equal. It just comes down to a personal preference. They all are hard to beat compared to the old dacron days!

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I don’t know if there is a “best” line…..its sorta what works the best for you. I have been using Tuff Plus 80lbs for the past couple of years and I like it. I tried Power Pro 50lbs last summer on my small buck tail rod and I didn’t like it at all. It kept digging into the reel. It probably would have worked better at 80lbs.

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My line of chioce hands down is Power Pro, 80 or 100 lbs. One thing I have noticed about Tuff line is that it retains alot of water and that really sucks when it's 30 above outside. I have heard this is less of a problem with Tuff XP, but I'll stay with the power pro.

"Best Line" they are all good, it's all about personal preference.

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i love the power pro #80. we had a big discussion a year or so ago, the guys warned about using the #50 cause of its' smaller dia. it had a tendancy to dig into the reel and could cross and cut is self too. no problem with the 80.

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I agree w/ delmuts. I tried 50# Superbraid, too small diameter. Went back to my line of choice, 80# Tufline. All around better to fish big lures with.

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Yup, that is what I thought was causing my problem...it would dig into the spool and I would get a birds nest on the next cast. I would assume going to a big dia. would solve the problem.

I also wanted to correct myself, the line I use is Tuff XP..the one with the lighting strike pic on the package...and I have not noticed it holding much water. I think I will give Power Pro another chance this coming season..just going to bump it up to 80lbs. grin.gif

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Lost, I use it on my flipping and pitching sticks. It works great around wood. I have not seen any difference in the fish mood if the water is off-colored. Dont use it in clear water, you certainly dont have to set the hook as hard.

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Hiya,

Ive been using SpiderWire Stealth the last couple seasons, and really like the stuff. Stays round, lays down on the spool nice, and best of all, doesn't hold as much water as some other braids. I generally use either 80 or 100# - no rhyme or reason as to when I use which - just whatever happens to be on the rod a pick up.

I use mono quite a bit too though. We use 100# superbraids, but the break strength is irrelevent - it's the diamater that makes the heavy braid a necessity with big baits. Really, the muskie hasn't been born you can't whip on 20lb. mono and a flipping stick. I use mono casting smaller cranks and some small topwaters, small spinnerbaits, etc. Mostly do this in MN rather than Ontario, since there's not as much in the way of rocks and heavy cover to abrade the line.

I also use mono open water trolling, especially if I'm using planer boards. Mono holds in the board releases a lot better, and my hooking and holding percentage is far better with mono. While the fish is on and the board's still hooked to the line, the stretch in mono takes up a lot of the shock - it's like having the fish on a big rubber band. Whether casting or trolling, I use Berkley Big Game - either 20 or 25 lb.

Cheers,

RK

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