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Spectra lines - really that strong?
Posted by NorthRick on Nov 07 2005
I�ve been using spectra lines for halibut fishing for several seasons now. I like the no stretch characteristic when fishing in several hundred feet of water. I also thought I liked the thin diameter of these lines. Less diameter, less drag, less weight to hold bottom, more enjoyable fishing. However, we typically use 80lb test line and I was noticing that it didn�t seem like we were anywhere near that stress when we had a fish or the bottom break off.
I was told it was the knot. Spectra line is picky about what knot you tie in it. So, after researching what knots I should be using, I decided to test them out myself. Some are easier to tie than others. I eventually settled on the Braided Line Knot (http://www.angelfire.com/ut/downundertackle/knot_braid.htm ) as being one of the strongest and easy to tie.
However, I also discovered that the lines I tested (several different brands) weren�t any where near the 80 lb test rating. The lines, not the knot, would break anywhere from 45 to 55 lbs. I tried some 135lb line which broke at 85-90 lb, making it the only line I would call 80lb test. Of course it is much thicker than the supposedly 80lb line, negating much of the benefit I thought I was paying the big bucks for.
Anyone else notice this? Anyone know of a specific brand of spectra line that truly is as strong as the box says it is?
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