braid vs. mono

7/6/15 @ 8:54 PM
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greg2507
greg2507
USER since 1/13/13
Just curious what kind of line do you use for vertical jigging walleye? I usually use mono because thats what I usually spool my reels with. I have been reading a lot of you guys are using braid with a fluro leader. What advantage does using braid versus mono? Is it just no stretch in the braid so therefore feel the hits better? Any info will be appreciated. Thanks
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2/19/16 @ 2:00 PM
Capt. Patrick Conger
Capt. Patrick Conger
USER since 3/21/13
Hello, I have used 8/3 lb Green Fireline for over 10 years. 99% of my river jig fishing is tied direct. Only time I will add flouro leader is in low current situations when water is very clear. I also use this same setup fishing the Mississippi (Redwing)in Jan when temps are single digits and haven't had any problems.

As for the fading and getting "fuzzy", it does happen but doesnt affect the strength that much. All my rods have mono backer and maybe 40 yrds or so of fireline. Spooling up entirely with braid is a waste. Most river jig fishing is 30'FOW and less. So 40 yrds is more than enough.

Hope this helps! Capt. Patrick

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2/15/16 @ 12:24 PM
Vic Firth
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MEMBER since 2/10/16
I use 832 braid and a 2' fc leader.

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2/12/16 @ 5:09 PM
ciezkl07
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USER since 11/18/09
I also use braid with a swivel and floro leader fro jigging.

The only time I do not use braid is when it is too cold out because the braid retains more water than mono and I know how much we all love our eye lids freezing up.

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11/24/15 @ 11:46 AM
Down2erth
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USER since 6/21/01
On jig rods I use 10 lb. 832 Suffix religiously with a 6 lb. Floro leader... BUT, one thing I have learned over the years is with the braids a person tends to overpower fish and for those that do and cant break that habit, your going to lose fish, big fish.

I use St.Croix rods exclusively and have changed over to lighter action rods, x-fast tips on any braid situation. I've lost fewer fish and rods perform much better matched with the braids that way.

Jigging in current took some thinking because typically, current grabs braid more than what it will grab mono. But, with the new HP braids, you can get dia. of line down so small, that this takes care of much of the drag and bow in your line that current can cause, and getting you back in contact with the bottom.

Casting cranks I'm still old school and choose a limp mono over braid always. The forgiveness of mono and the ability for the cranks to emit more vibration and action from the mono is huge!

As far as trolling if I'm pulling cranks it mono, if I'm pulling crawler harnesses its 20 lb. 832 Suffix w/8 lb. Floro leaders.

JMO, hope this helps!

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11/22/15 @ 6:22 AM
RODK
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USER since 8/24/13
I use 6 to 10lb test fireline,swivel then a 2 to 3ft leader of 6 to 10lb test fluorocarbon.Depends where I fish,dams,river or lake.Works for me.

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11/6/15 @ 1:10 PM
Tommy Howell
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For me, it's strictly Suffix flurocarbon all the way. I like the invisibility of it, it's strength, and low stretch.

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11/5/15 @ 12:57 PM
Grey Beard
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I will no longer buy any Fireline because over time it flattens out and gets fuzzy causing increased water resistance. My used flattened Fireline was transfered to my bluegill reels and over time it weakened and becomes almost rotten. I’ve used the same 40# Ripcord braid on my dipsy rods for >8yrs and still fine. Some years ago I changed to Suffix 832 for walleye using 10#. The name 832 comes from 8 strands of line with 32 wraps per inch. 7 of the strands are Dyneema and one Gore. Dyneema is what you typically find in most braids. The Gore is added for a number of reasons including abrasion resistance, water repelling and doesn’t ice up as quickly. I’ve also used Power Pro’s new Slick 8 which is a similar product and both have excellent casting distance as compared to Fireline that has been used awhile. I don’t use mono for any type of walleye or pan fish fishing because braid has better sensitivity, durability, lack of memory, hook set and in the long run less expensive.

Unless fishing in deep water that is off color I always use a fluorocarbon leader, mostly Berkeley 100% Fluorocarbon. For walleye jigging I used 8# but beefed up to 12#. I figured if they can’t see it then why not use stronger line so I can bend out the jig hook and save a few when stuck in wood? I’ve not noticed any change in bites as compared to fishing partners but do save on jigs. I typically join the braid to fluorocarbon with a double uni knot. I’ve also used an Alberto knot aka modified Albright when using larger diameter lines because it is a little less bulky. I prefer to avoid swivels banging on my guides. I’m trying to learn to tie the FG knot for joining large diameter lines that the salt water fishermen use because it is the least bulky of all and very strong.

I find the biggest problem for me with braided line is wind knots. I typically close the bail with the reel handle and sometimes this will leave a strand of line across the top of the spool. That strand is what causes the wind knot on subsequent casts. I now either close the bail with my hand or look at the spool to see if any line on the top. I also hang a couple of safety pins on my sweatshirt so I can use them to pick out the knots. If I try to pick the knots with a jig hook it often results in frayed line due to hanging up on the barb.

Grey Beard

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10/22/15 @ 11:38 AM
Tim Zwieg
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USER since 1/10/12
Iused to use mono for evything except jigging. Been using fireline for jiggins for years. Have started using braid more often in some other conditions, however for jigging, it always braid. Just last week they did not have the 8/3 Fireline I like, so I purchased soem 10/4 Suffix 832, I was impressed with that, and may be replacing all my fireline with Suffx.

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8/18/15 @ 9:21 PM
gypedandryped
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USER since 1/26/07
i know it's a little late for my opinion but i think most walleye anglers will agree with my thoughts..for walleyes at least

I use braid in almost everything finesse. the only time i don't use braid is trolling for walleyes...it also depends on what style of trolling your doing.

Braid has no stretch and will give you better feel especially jigging. Verticle jigging and casting and retrieving a jig I use only flourcarbon leaders. Length of leader depends on water clarity. Stained water you can get away with less of a leader ,1 1/2 -2 ft(typically) Clear water it's a 2-3ft leader i always use barrel swivels especially verticle jigging. braid is also good for cutting through weeds if your jigging in weeds or casting lures near or in weeds. also braid line with a leader you need less of a hook set because of there is no stretch. braid will give you twice as much feel of the bottom or trees or rocks also fish bites.

Mono line is good for trolling and casting. mono will have more of a stretch depeding on line strength. i also use mono line if i'm verticle jigging spring time walleyes because because it's so much easier to break your line and retie a jig that retieing a whole leader every few times with the braid and leader.

lure weight and size also matters if your using lures or jigging.

you can jig or cast with both lines but i almost always spool with braid.

hope some of this info helps. i'm no profisherman but i always find walleyes and i know how to catch them consistanly.

Edited on 8/18/15 9:24 PM
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7/13/15 @ 10:27 PM
habbababba
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Fireline. U can't go wrong very versatile, casts well, and sensitive.

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