Renegotiating your relationship with Fluorocarbon and spinning reels...
Submitted by wmarchant on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 08:54
Keep the fluorocarbon on your spinning reels. Just use a lot less of it. Simply approach fluorocarbon from another angle. This past spring, I switched two of my finesse rods from straight Fluorocarbon to 15 Lb Power Pro Super8slick with a Fluorocarbon leader, and I am completely happy. I know a lot of people don't like braid because of its visibility. I believe a long leader takes care of this. I use a 10 to 12 foot Fluorocarbon leader. There are several benefits to this approach. 1) This Braided superline casts incredibly well, providing excellent casting distance. 2) Sensitivity. You can feel a fish swim within 20 feet of this line. (exaggeration to make the point). It's incredibly sensitive. So sensitive that it has totally spoiled me for other lines. 3) It lasts a very long time. I'm not sure how long yet, but I am a few months into using my current line and there are no indications that it needs to be changed yet. My fluoro leaders can last for an entire fishing day, but I always tie a new leader for each day. 4) Braid floats. If you want to switch from a drop-shot presentation to topwater, simply switch the leader from fluorocarbon to Mono.
Admittedly, on a tough day on gin-clear Prettyboy, I'll put my straight fluoro spools onto my spinning reels, otherwise give me the superbraid!
Final note: Attach the leader with a modified Albright knot! Trim the tag ends close and it will cast through the guides smoothly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R_2xautA1U
See you on the water.