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Is monofilament dead?
I like most of you grew up using monofilament line and have noticed improvements over the years. But certain things haven't changed such as the amount of stretch and line memory that is responsible for so many bird's nests if line isn't changed more than once a year.

Braid and fluorocarbon seem to address mono problems and surprises anyone who uses them for the first time. When braid first came out, many companies sold defective line that frayed or was too stiff. Eventually most were discontinued and now anglers have a selection to chose from. But even braid has its drawbacks which is where fluorocarbon comes in.

I'm tempted to use a mono leader just to see the difference between that an f/c leader. Spooling mono as backing to braid so as to stretch a spool of braid further seems the only use for over a thousand yards of mono I've stored over the years. There's no way I'll ever use it 100% on any reel and wonder if mono will eventually disappear. I even use braid on my spincast reels (push button) and still able to get nice casting distance using 1/16 oz jigs and plastics. No more reeling like crazy to keep the hook from coming out.
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Re: [SenkoSam] Is monofilament dead? In reply to
I believe they still use it for salt water for the stretch, but all I have on all my rods is fluorocarbon and braid. Once I tried Fireline years ago I never went back.


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Re: [SenkoSam] Is monofilament dead? In reply to
I have never used anything but mono on any of my rigs, but I do not get out fishing all the time and I only use spinning reels. I bought a baitcaster and when I took it in to Sportsman's Warehouse to fill it with line I called ahead and they told me someone would be able to help me know how to cast it, but that did not happen and the first time I tried to cast it, with the instruction I had gleaned from the internet, I got such a horrendous tangle I just took it off the rod and it sits in a box.
I am sorry this went way off topic in a hurry - just frustrated.

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Re: [lskiles] Is monofilament dead? In reply to
You may have more luck casting braid on a baitcaster than mono or f/c. You should try it using 20# test braid such as Power Pro, attach a 1/4 oz weight or lure, release the button and adjusting the centrifugal knob until the weight drops slowly to the ground after releasing the button and then tightening just a bit.

Rod action should be medium - not heavy or light, at least at first until you get the hang of it.

With thumb always lightly in contact with the spool as casting distance is achieved, there should be no backlash even into the wind.

The heavier the lure, the tighter the centrifugal brake. Magnetic brakes are fine (located on the opposite side of the reel), but the c. brake setting is crucial.

Give it another chance. I use baitcast, spincast and spinning reels interchangeably depending on lure, cover thickness and presentation.

(Of course your drag should be set no more than 3/4 of the lines breaking strength, the rod being the shock absorber.)
(This post was edited by SenkoSam on Dec 28, 2017, 12:10 PM)
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Yeah, I will give it another go before I completely give up on it...

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Lewis
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Re: [lskiles] Is monofilament dead? In reply to
The tough part, once the brake is set right, are two things:

1. whipping back that lure (thereby allowing the rod to load up) and casting it sidearmarm] with a flick of the wrist
and
2. immediately controlling the line out speed with the thumb lightly touching the spinning spool and stopping it when the desired distance is reached or letting it go for the longest cast possible.

If the weight cast is too light, the brake can't be set properly.
If too heavy for the brake setting, overwind bird's nest.

Better reels allow for lighter lures to be cast but there are limits. 1/32 - forget it!
(This post was edited by SenkoSam on Dec 28, 2017, 5:30 PM)
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Here is a link to a good thread on mono for ice fishing:
http://www.bigfishtackle.com/...d;page=unread#unread


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