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Definitely a matter of opinion.
Posted by Bob Ball - Piscatorial Pursuits on May 12 2005
You'll see a number of river guides running braids ... personally I prefer Power Pro over Spiderwire myself.

In most instances where they do in AK, it's because of the strength and ability to cut through other lines when under load ... because of this especially common in the Kenai under crowded conditions.

But, the superbraids, have some drawbacks: 1) Zero stretch, which gives little forgiveness of mono when it comes to shock absobtion. That means it's easier to pop momo leaders and easier to pull hooks free under heavier drag settings than mono.

And 2) It is really nasty stuff to work with on a baitcaster if you get a worse than just minimal backlash. Because it is so limp, it can very tough to get backlashes undone ... so if you're gonna cast on a levelwind, be especially careful.

Another river application where it really shines and when I do use it exclusively now is float fishing. Because it does not absorb water and the surface tension is greater, it will lay on the water rather than sink and it works especially well in mending your line on a float rod.

Personally, I still like to run mono on my king rods, unless I'm float fishing :)

Previous: Im not sure, but... jmg May 12 2005

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