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Hey everyone. So I primarily use mono line when I'm fishing for trout. However, I've been curious about using braid with a fluorocarbon leader, in case I catch something a little bit bigger than a trout in the lakes. Have any of you used this setup before? If you have, was it worth it?
 

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truthfully most of us or should I say a lot of us use that set up, it is especially good for the deep water trout. only problem with braid is it absorbs water and often time freezes in cold conditions. I think the new ice fishing braids have solved most of that problem.
 

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Yes, I think that is a good, common set up. Here are my thoughts, keep in mind there are a lot of good resources on this forum, google & u tube.


If you used mono on a spinning reel, braid will not have the twisting problems. I don't use a swivel at all.


One thing that isn't stressed enough is braid WILL CUT YOU BADLY. Be mindful when pulling braid, don't loop around fingers/hands !! ^^ Safety 1st.



Braid is so thin ( hence the cutting ) that I find < 15# too wispy & prone to tip wrap, & its really hard to see because it doesn't reflect light, so I use 15 # hi vis. It casts great.


It will also take alot more to spool up a reel, so I use 10# mono to initially fill the spool & top off w/75 -150 yds. of (8 carrier) braid tied to the mono via double uni knot. This will be a little difficult to do correctly. Research.


Flouro leaders -- Segaur, 6 - 8 # for trout, 5' -- double uni. Don't use cheap, & personally, I'll never use a palomer knot on flouro ever, ever again. Never.


There may be some getting used to, but if you try it, you may see why so many people like it.
 

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If your only consideration is the very slim chance you hook up an unexpected big fish, I'd just stick with your current setup. With a little patience and luck, those big fish can be landed on lighter gear.


If you're trying to address other issues that braid would resolve, or just looking for stuff to spend money on, then go ahead.
 

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Yes, I think that is a good, common set up. Here are my thoughts, keep in mind there are a lot of good resources on this forum, google & u tube.


If you used mono on a spinning reel, braid will not have the twisting problems. I don't use a swivel at all.


One thing that isn't stressed enough is braid WILL CUT YOU BADLY. Be mindful when pulling braid, don't loop around fingers/hands !! ^^ Safety 1st.



Braid is so thin ( hence the cutting ) that I find < 15# too wispy & prone to tip wrap, & its really hard to see because it doesn't reflect light, so I use 15 # hi vis. It casts great.


It will also take alot more to spool up a reel, so I use 10# mono to initially fill the spool & top off w/75 -150 yds. of (8 carrier) braid tied to the mono via double uni knot. This will be a little difficult to do correctly. Research.


Flouro leaders -- Segaur, 6 - 8 # for trout, 5' -- double uni. Don't use cheap, & personally, I'll never use a palomer knot on flouro ever, ever again. Never.


There may be some getting used to, but if you try it, you may see why so many people like it.
One other thing to add to the list;
It will ruin stainless steel eyelets... ceramic is a must!
 

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I love braid for lures. I use 6 or 8 lb Nano it casts amazingly far. Leave mono on your spool to fill it up and give the braid something to stick to. Use a small barrell swivel tie a palomar for braid to swivel Then I use a clinch knot for the leader. my leaders are 2 ft maximum. Floro for leaders. For most plastics I use a 6lb floro leader. For most metal I use a 12 lb floro leader. Works well for me.
 

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2' leader and a swivel sounds simple and easy for panfish. For larger hard fighting fish I'd go with a minimum 10' leader and no swivels unless there on the end of the floro. I normally start with about 20' of leader so it lasts through multiple fishing trips of cutting and tying.
 
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