PowerPro Braid ~ Braided Fishing Line
If you're not using PowerPro braided line, you should be. It's the most popular braided line in the USA, and now that the PowerPro company has been acquired by Shimano, PowerPro will soon become available in many other countries too.
PowerPro is made of material called Spectra, which are filaments braided together, to have a super thin line diameter, incredible strength, very little stretch and the most sensitivity of any fishing line material. Those are PowerPro's strengths in a nutshell. If you've not yet used braid, you do need to learn (or re-learn) how to manage braided line on casts and retrieval. It does have some weaknesses (as do all braided lines), but the strengths outweigh the weaknesses, which include:
- Braided line cuts easily and quickly whenever in contact with rocks. If you are fishing bottom or contacting rocks, you'll require a non-braid leader.
- Braided line will dig into soft, soggy wood, and when the lure pulls up to that spot where the line's embedded int osoft wood, the lure will snag more than usual,
- Braided line snaps easily when subject to sudden force. For example, if braided line is wrapped around your rod tip when you cast, braid will snap easily.
Now that's not such a bad list, especially once you know how to manage for the weaknesses of braid, because the advantages of braid's power and sensitivity is worth it. As I say, it will take some time to learn (or re-learn) how to fish with braided line. You can't use it the same as you use mono of fluoro. You need to learn how to handle braid, and then you'll be fine. You can't fish braided line like other lines. It requires it's own way. So be alert and attentive to how braid behaves, and learn how to handle it differently from other lines, and you'll be fine.
Follow the Leader or Not?
A chronic worry is braided line is visible to fish, and therefore a leader of harder-to-see fluorocarbon or monofilament is thought necessary so fish can't see the line coming off the bait. Truth is, in most fishing situations, no leader is necessary with braid. Fast-moving reaction baits like spinnerbaits, topwaters or crankbaits can be tied directly to braid, even in the clearest water. And in thick cover or in stained or dark water, a leader is rarely necessary.
A leader is only required when fishing in places and ways where the line will constantly contact rocks or sharp edges on bottom obstructions such as shells. In clear water with baits that are fished so slowly that fish can scrutinize them closely before deciding to strike, visibility of braid canbe an issue to the fish or just wreck the angler's confidence. A 4 foot length of fluorocarbon or monofilament leader line is sufficient to protect against braid-cutting snags or whenever braid visibility may be a concern.
PowerPro Braided Line - Moss Green ~ 10 lb test ~ 150 yard spool
- 10 lb test PowerPro is popular for light tackle spinning situations, include drop shot, weightless wacky worms and wacky jigs for example.
- 10 lb test PowerPro has a line diameter (.006"/.15 mm) equivalent to 2 lb mono with the strength of 10 lb test.
PowerPro Braided Line ~ Moss Green ~ 20 lb test ~ 150 yard spool
- 20 lb test PowerPro is the line size popular for medium to medium/heavy spinning situations, including the full gamut of spinning applications.
- 20 lb test PowerPro has a line diameter (.009"/.23 mm) equivalent to 6 lb mono with the strength of 20 lb test.
PowerPro Braided Line ~ Moss Green ~ 30 lb test ~ 150 yard spool
- 30 lb test PowerPro is the line size popular for medium to medium/heavy baitcasting situations, including the lighter to mid-range of spinnerbaits, topwater, crankbaits. etc. It's suitable to the full gamut of medium to medium/heavy baitcasting applications for open water or sparse cover conditions.
- 30 lb test PowerPro has a line diameter (.011"/.28 mm) equivalent to 8 lb mono with the strength of 30 lb test.
PowerPro Braided Line ~ Moss Green ~ 50 lb test ~ 150 yard spool
- 50 lb test PowerPro is the line size popular for medium/heavy to heavy baitcasting situations, including the heavier range of spinnerbaits, topwater, crankbaits, etc. It's suitable to the full gamut of medium to medium/heavy baitcasting applications, including frogs, jigs, Texas rigs and Carolina rigs in moderate cover situations.
- 50 lb test PowerPro has a line diameter (.014"/.36 mm) equivalent to 12 lb mono with the strength of 50 lb test.
PowerPro Braided Line ~ Moss Green ~ 65 lb test ~ 100 yard spool
- 65 lb test PowerPro is the line size popular for the very heaviest baitcasting tackle used in the toughest cover situations for the biggest bass, including flipping jigs, Texas rigs, frog fishing the densest grass mats and so on.
- 65 lb test PowerPro has a line diameter (.016"/.41 mm) equivalent to 15 lb mono with the strength of 65 lb test.
As I say, if you aren't using PowerPro yet, it's time you did. Get used to using it, which is a new learning experience unlike using other line types, and you'll be more than satisfied with PowerPro's performance.
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