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So, apparently VMC and Megabass have very different ideas about what a 3/0 hook should look like. Megabass also seems to think that there's 36 grams to an ounce.

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Now to cheapskating. This spring I ordered some braid from Ali - $4.50 for 300m of 30#, in black. At first I was pessimistic, as simply running line between my fingers stained them black, but in use it settled on a nice medium-dark gray color and does not seem to fade any more. I did not test it for strength, but I ordered 30# on an assumption that it would be at least 20-25#. In any case, I have not had any break offs so far.

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Encouraged, I recently ordered some 8-strand braid, 150m of 60# in low-vis gray. $4.35 shipped. Have not used it yet, but my initial observation is that it is significantly smoother, and stiffer than my regulat PowerPro. It's is also quite light in color, but I plan to try it for frogging so it probably won't matter. We'll see how it behaves, but I may never buy another $10+ roll of braid again.

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I would imagine that most if not all line comes from china and probably made in the same factory.
From what I've seen and read the quality can differ quite a bit, but some of the Chinese stuff is getting to be pretty decent. I am still not buying their reels though.
 

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When I was chasing down effective weedless hooks I tried quite a few different makers and always ordered the same sizes and yeah some were so much smaller than others but claimed to be the same size. Pretty annoying.
I can tell you that it's doubly annoying with swimbait hooks and jigheads because your plastics alternatively become too large or too small. Good thing I hoard them :)
 
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