braid vs. mono
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
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!
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.
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.