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i was wonderN how well a leader that is the same as ur mainline would do?(drifting)
Im usen 10lb mono(spiderwire)working with wat i got but if u do go buy some line should i go with braid mainline, mono or flouro leader? Any favorite brands?
 
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In all reality, it should work fine to run say a 10 lb. main, and 10 lb. leaders. It is nice to have a stronger mainline though, as the overall stretch factor goes down when you start getting into heavier monos. Thus, making the "feel," better. Spiderwire is a braid. If you are running Spiderwire as a main, like it appears you say in your post then you have braid, not monofilament.
Drift fishing, I run 12-15 lb. Maxima UG, and 6-10 lb. Sufix Siege, or UG leaders. There is a reason nothing has changed in UG's makeup, and composition over the years, and Siege is ridiculousy tuff, super tuff.. Thats why I run those two brands in particular. I recently tried some Gamma in the Hi-Vis, and the only real good thing I can say, is that it never comes off of the spool more than one loop at a time, so if you birds nest a lot, look into this stuff. It also works extremely well in sub freezing conditions. Needs some abrasion coatings, or a tougher chemical make-up though.
 
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spiderwire EZ mono

spiderwire EZ mono

I did see the braid sw but had no idea at the time wat the braid was better 4 so i got the mono.
UG is a type of line like mono,flouro or braid? I knew u shoulda got the maxima so many brands i never know wat to get! Thanx!
 
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UG, is just short for Maxima Ultra Green. The gold standard in the fishing world. The stuff is pretty awesome for how freakin old the recipe is. Check your mono leaders, and mainlines frequently for nicks, or small defects in the structure of the line. They are weak points, and instantly make a decently tough line, worse than small trout leaders. Not good when fighting fish that really have hatred stored up on the inside. Winter Steel are pretty wiley, and require you to always be on top of your game, and gear. Just simple organizational habits, and gear checks go a long way in landing, and whacking that fish you just hooked.
 
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UG, is just short for Maxima Ultra Green. The gold standard in the fishing world. The stuff is pretty awesome for how freakin old the recipe is. Check your mono leaders, and mainlines frequently for nicks, or small defects in the structure of the line. They are weak points, and instantly make a decently tough line, worse than small trout leaders. Not good when fighting fish that really have hatred stored up on the inside. Winter Steel are pretty wiley, and require you to always be on top of your game, and gear. Just simple organizational habits, and gear checks go a long way in landing, and whacking that fish you just hooked.

Oh, ultra green... Dangit, i shoulda got that instead of the flouracarbon when I was looking and holding it! :doh:
So the UG wont spook the fish away? :think:
 
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Ohh, yeah flourocarbon... I'm not a big fan. Just yet to be impressed I suppose.
If you run UG in the proper diameter, yes, it will not spook fish out of the drift. Especially if it is all Ovaltine'd out like it is at the persent.
 
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Ohh, yeah flourocarbon... I'm not a big fan. Just yet to be impressed I suppose.
If you run UG in the proper diameter, yes, it will not spook fish out of the drift. Especially if it is all Ovaltine'd out like it is at the persent.

Anyway, I got the flourocarbon for a trout leader and man that stuff is thin! Looks like it will snap if I flick it, but noo it doesn't. Err... whats that stuff about the ovaltine? Isn't that hot chocolate? :lol: I feel proud posting as late err... early as you did. :lol:
 
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hot chocolate is essentially the same color as the clackamas right now

Oh, I thought that AA was talking about drenching the line with hot chocolate. :doh:
 
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I use 8lb maxima flourocarbon for all my steely and coho fishing and not been disappointed.....infact at EC where people use 20# leader to yank the fish out....i got fish on the same 8#.....so to me they work well....with 12 lb mono maxima green mainline...just to let you know the complete setup..........braids are never faithfult to me...i donno why but for some reason they stick in the seat of my reels and in the spool as well....it just doesn't give me the right feel....i prefer mono and it works for me ( for main line)
 
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If you don't wind the braid under a lot of tension, then it gets put under tension (fish, snag, etc) it can dig into its' own coils on the spool, and get "sticky" when you cast. Could that be the trouble? There's definatly advantagfes and drawbacks to all line types. I spooled up with flouro (berkeley vanish I think) on a spinning reel, and the stuff was so stiff, if I relaxed tension on the line at all, it would "jump" in coils off the spool! Like overspooling a casting reel, without even making a cast! It did slowly get better and more manageable, but now I only use flouro for leaders, and mostly only for trout.
 
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yep chunk...i got it spooled on the spooler by that motorised machine..and still it was not good....other than that...i only tried it once... my theory is "fool me once, shame on you....fool me twice, shame on me...) ...lol..so yeah i tend to stay away from things which are not compatible with me....lets say it that way...but yes they are selling... so definitely somebody has faith on them...
 

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