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RainbowWarrior  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, April 3, 2018 12:16:12 AM(UTC)
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I have been using 6-8lb smoke braided Fireline on my micro Pflueger President for years now. I like the thin line diameter, low memory and how the hook sets but I worry about the visibility of the line in clear water. Was thinking about switching to a spool of fluorocarbon or maybe keeping the Fireline and using a micro swivel with a fluorocarbon leader to fish 1/8 - 1/16 oz Mepps/Rooster Tail inline spinners. Looking for thoughts on line choice that fits for NE Iowa's streams. Thanks for your time.
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shebs  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, April 3, 2018 1:55:30 AM(UTC)
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10lb power pro in green. I've tried all the braids, and power pro is far and away the best.

I've never had an issue with trout being line shy, but I also tend to seek out less pressured water, so your mileage may vary.

I caught a 22" in a gin clear sidewalk sized creek in January a few years back with 25lb power pro left over from steelhead season LOL
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Hoggies  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, April 3, 2018 3:54:45 AM(UTC)
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I used the smoke colored fireline (6lb) for a couple years, then switched to spiderwire because at the time it was a lot cheaper (it's also even smaller diameter). I also gave Cabela's ripcord pro a try... That wasn't bad either.
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rschmidt  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, April 3, 2018 5:39:11 AM(UTC)
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Ditto on Shebs comment. 10#Power Pro is the bomb. Use what ya like, but for my time, effort and money PowerPro outperforms any other braid. I have tried them all and mono, copolymer, flouro etc. I also have never found trout to be line shy.

Also rather than a micro reel I would go up a size or two. Better drag and better retrieve IMHO.

Happy Fishing!
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Gurth  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, April 3, 2018 1:10:17 PM(UTC)
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On my UL setups, I use 6# Berkeley Trilene XL.

On my light setups, I have been using 8# Berkeley Trilene XL although I just switched one of them to 8# Power (Can't really use braided in the winter as it absorbs water and then freezes and gums up the reel), but may switch it back to the mono.

I prefer the feel and play of the BT.

PP feels like the fish is on a steel cable. That and it catches the wind like a sail – definitely see far greater lure drift on the PP.

I haven't lost an inland brown to a break off on the 8lb BT yet.

I lose a lure every once in a while to a snag, but that doesn't bother me too much.

Fish seeing the line for either doesn't seem to be an issue.



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NBrevitz  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, April 3, 2018 4:25:02 PM(UTC)
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I run 6-8 lb P-Line Fluorocarbon as my main line. Little lower on the stretch end and it’s tough stuff, I use the 8 on Chinooks and they haven’t busted me off yet.
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s.t.fanatic  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, April 3, 2018 4:41:08 PM(UTC)
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I've tried braid for trout and didn't like it but I use a much stiffer rod than most of you do. My line of choice right now is actually Stren Crappie line. I used 4# all winter and just recently switched to 6# because I throw some cranks and spinners once in a while and wanted the extra strength. It is slightly smaller diameter than most non braid lines and much more supple. I would say the strength is true to what its listed as. Most lines break strength is much higher than what it says. I have been using hi vis line exclusively for over 10 years and have not had a single issue with it to date.
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Gurth  
#8 Posted : Friday, April 6, 2018 12:30:29 PM(UTC)
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Between the cast overs and other assorted lure tangles, wanted to chuck my rod with the Power Pro on it into a deep hole last evening. Shit's coming off as soon as I can get to the store and buy some new 8lb Trilene.

My other light rod was nearing the end of its line reserve and I was casting to the spool, so I left it in the van and only had the PP light setup and a UL rod with me.

I find PP to be good on those light setups when I'm using larger lures and targeting northerns and bass. It's a struggle when casting Panther Martins – even the 9s and 15s.

Not trying to change any minds, just needed to vent as I was muttering a lot last night onstream.
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Gurth  
#9 Posted : Sunday, April 8, 2018 11:52:28 AM(UTC)
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So... replaced the PP with some 8lb fluoro.

Cast off a size 15 PM.

Was waiting and waiting and waiting for it to come down.

Seems like it was 5 seconds before I heard it land in the woods about 40 feet behind me. Laugh

Maybe I need PP for the 15s...
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big_river_bum  
#10 Posted : Thursday, May 3, 2018 2:55:13 AM(UTC)
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hey power pro guys

cabela's has it 25% off right now
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