Mono or Braid
Augy, Braids are rated the same as mono. There has been a little controversy in that department because braids breaking point is soemtimes stronger then what the manufacturer rates them. If you look at Fireline, their 6 lb. test has the same diameter as 2 lb. mono. That may be where some of the confusion comes in. Theroreticaly though, that Fireline should break at about the same point as 6lb. Vanish. The 6 lb Fireline is what I used for most fishing situations that don't involve big cats or esox. I have caught crappie, walleye, finincky bass.......basically anything in ultraclear waters with this line. I considered flurocarbon leaders but never committted. Why waste the time with them when to me at least the Fireline works fine without it. This is just my opinion of course, but the only mono I have used in the last 10+ years is for backing for my FirelineAugy said:mono/flourocarbon will outfish braided all the time imho. with braided, yes, you have superior strength but like top said, setting the drag properly you can land even the biggest fish on 4lb line. i've heard of guys landing 40"muskies on 4lb line while they were bass fishing. i love the sound of drag screaming and peeling off line. now that's fun. 2 cents. :mrgreen:
btw, if using braided, would it qualify for any line class records?? how would that work out. is there a braided line class??