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Old 10-11-2019, 08:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What braid do people use for ice fishing?

It is that time. Time to get the ice fishing stuff outta the shed and prep it for the coming season!

Last year I switched from fluoro to braid for my lake trout setup. I had good results in very deep water due to the lack of stretch, however the spiderline I put on (because it is what I had) is not the most ideal IMO.

I know there are a ton of braids designed for Ice on the market, but is that a scam to get fisherman to pay more for the same stuff?

What do people on here prefer to use?
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Use the super braids like Nanofil. No stretch, and doesn't hold water.
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Is there much advantage to use braided instead of mono when ice fishing shallow for trout or panfish, 30' deep or less? My biggest problem with mono is memory, coiling in the water when using an ultralight lure.
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PowerPro or Suffix
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Is there much advantage to use braided instead of mono when ice fishing shallow for trout or panfish, 30' deep or less? My biggest problem with mono is memory, coiling in the water when using an ultralight lure.
Braided makes a BIG diff in feeling light biters like perch or crappie and sometimes walleye.

Trout usually hammer it so not needed.

I love Nano but last year I had problems with it freezing and then fraying. Lost several fish from the weakened frayed line.
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Use the super braids like Nanofil. No stretch, and doesn't hold water.
Might have to give Nanofil a try. I’ve never used braid because I was worried it would freeze.
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I use flouro on all my rods if it isn't lake trout fishing, however for my lake trout fishing, I use 20lb braid to a 10lb flouro leader and a swivel between the two so I don't have line twist has landed me more then 3 30 plus inch lakers without a issue. 6lb flouro on all other rods.
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I use power pro ice tec. Shallow or deep. And a mono leader. No memory so no issues if you're using a light spoon for perch in deep water. And in shallow water for big trout the mono leader and your drag set right works great
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Not a fan on the ice or in lighter tests, but when I do use braid it's Spiderwire or PowerPro. Spiderwire's usually cheaper, but it doesn't age as well and gets "hairy" after a while.
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Not a fan on the ice or in lighter tests, but when I do use braid it's Spiderwire or PowerPro. Spiderwire's usually cheaper, but it doesn't age as well and gets "hairy" after a while.
That was the issue I had with Spiderwire.

I think I may switch to Nano. I have it on my spinning rod and it is awesome! I don't see why it would not work ice fishing. I don't expect to have the same problem as Slayer as I will probably only get out once or twice max for lakers this year unfortunately.
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