Bass Pro Shops XPS 8 Advanced Braid Fishing Line - 300 Yards
I started using this braid at the beginning of the salmon season here in San Francisco. Salmon here are big tough fish to 40 pounds. But they take a lot of finesse. Line has to slip off of a reel smoothly, and it takes incredible precision to work a fish that can swim up 300 miles of raging river. Big salmon can develop a lot of torque coupled with speed. I don't care how good you are, you are going to loose fish. For that reason, most of us use mono line with salmon, because it spools cleanly and doesn't bite into the spool under drag. Also the line stretch can help with the sudden turns you get with big fish at the boat. But lots of us back up with braid. I started using this braid because bass pro says it is uniform in diameter, which it certainly is. As the season wore on, I started using this braid with a shorter and shorter top shot of mono. And then I just stopped using mono. This XPS 8 stays round, basically handles as well or better than mono, and is really strong and abrasion resistant. It works for big, difficult fish coming off the drag, very smooth and uniform. You could certainly spool up with cheaper braid and use this as a top shot. I'm ordering more for sturgeon right now. Good stuff...
January 4, 2015
comparable to most other
I spooled the frog rod on a recent trip to Georgia to try the new XPS Braid. It did seem to be smoother than the other brand I usually use and at first I was a little concerned about the line "kinking" like some other brands that seem to be coated for smoothness. Kinking wasn't an issue and the braid performed well. It was somewhat quieter but you still know you're running braid. The only negative, if you will, was the dye melting off the line. Why bother dying the line if it turns lite green, gray to white during the first 12 casts? I would say it a price point issue here and if you are comfortable with the braid you use....
March 16, 2013
I had a bad fraid spot in the middle of the spool.
March 31, 2013