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PowerPro®'s high-performance Spectra® braid handles like mono and has one of the highest strength-to-diameter ratios available. This Braided Spectra's Enhanced Body Technology® delivers a compact, abrasion-resistant line with a smooth surface texture and virtually no spool memory. PowerPro Braided Spectra line is designed with minimal stretch for an awesome feel and is ultra-sensitive for increased strike detection. Plus, a new EZ Spool box design allows angler to spool line directly from the box!
It took a heartbreaking breakoff with mono line at Choke Canyon to solidify my switch over to braid. I just didn't want to spend the little bit of extra money on the PowerPro, but that big fish pushed me off the fence.
I see some negative comments about PP on here, and I think that the backlashing and knotting issues are due to the reel settings and the size of line being used.
On most baitcasters, you need to use 40-60 lb PowerPro, which has about the diameter of 12lb monofiliment. Spinning reels should have 15-30 lb PowerPro. Using PP thats too thin on a baitcaster will cause backlashes with more knots.
However, when paired correctly with your reel, PowerPro actually causes LESS backlashes than mono. I have taught many of my friends to cast a baitcaster, and they always do better with my reels that have 50lb PowerPro.
As for the quality, it is second to none! I used to change out my 14lb Trilene mono at least three times a year as it would get frayed and stretched down here in South Texas. With PowerPro, I only have to change my line every 3 or 4 years!
Therefore, you might pay more for a spool of PP, but its MUCH cheaper in the long-run!
March 11, 2010
Will not buy again.
After trying power pro for the first time a few years ago I told my self I would never use at again. However after reading all the good reviews and just to try other things I gave this line another chance. I spooled it onto a quality spinning reel and have told my self again that I will never use it. The line knots up really bad, worse than any other line I have ever used BY FAR! I have had trouble with some florocarbon getting line twist but I could still easily manage it. This line doesn't really twist it just knots up really really bad. This is atleaste the second time I have tried it with the same results. It might work fine on bait casters but on my bass fishing spinning outfit it is horrible.
August 22, 2012
This braid is decent in the 50lb test and up. It is strong, but rough and it loses its color pretty fast. I would recommend it to those looking to start out with an inexpensive braid. I have since made the switch to 8 carrier braids and will not look back. The old 4 carrier lines are a thing of the past.
August 15, 2012
Very good price
This was my 2nd attempt at using braid. I'm glad I didn't try another cheap brand before trying PP or I would have given up.
First off the cheaper 100 yard spool for 13 bucks was the best part. You only need 50 yards if you back it with cheap mono on a casting reel.
Line was very stiff at first. I soaked it with KVD line conditioner over night before spooling up. I was really impressed with how easy it came off the spool and how little to no memory it had.
With mono and fluoro you need to leave around 1/4" of spool left or over runs will happen. I spooled to 1/32" left and have had no issues. I am using the 50# test. First cast with my settings set for 15# fluoro and a 1/2 jig, wham Backlash. I actually had to dial up some but after re-adjusting it performs flawlessly. 2 months of fishing and still no memory at all.
I was amazed at the sensitivity of this line. I like how well it floats too. I have since switched all but one set up over to braid. This makes top water alot more enjoyable.
I'm only giving it 4 stars as I tried Suffix 832 and it was alot more supple and limp. Overall for the price I would recommend it to anyone.
August 13, 2012
You can, however you want to make sure that the action isn't an extra fast. If you have too little action in the tip you can run the risk of breaking the top on a hard hookset, although I've never encountered this problem, I have heard of it happening
I need 5-10 pound test spectra that is rough, either mono or braided. I believe the braided, which I have not seen, might be what I need. This is for hairing a cello bow as a replacement for horsehair. The roughness, which in horsehair is created by the scaley surface, serves to hold the rosin. Current synthetic horsehair is neither strong nor rough enough to equal horsehair. Any comments? Thanks!
1 year, 6 months ago
Top 100 Contributor
I have no idea what your talking about, but braid is tuff. 20 lb braid is as thin as 6 lb mono and you can check out the product at any baitshop. They have the fishing line 3" or so displayed on every package. You can check all of them out.The problem is braid is very smooth. Hope this helps.
No, I've caught 2 sharks on the same line without trimming it and not leader. Their teeth were on the line but didn't bite through, they were 10 and 5lb. Bonnet head sharks with much larger teeth then pike. It is also difficult to cut the line with pliers. Though to be safe I would advise putting on a leader just in case because eventually the braid will fray and better safe then sorry.
A big pike might have teeth sharp enough to bite through, but it is unlikely that it would be hooked in a way that the line would be near it's teeth. If you are worried about a bite off, just use a steel leader.
I spooled my spinning combo with 20 lbs. test Power Pro and caught Red fish and Snook no problem. I would recommend a stronger leader line for Snook as they are prone to slice line with their gill plates. Good Luck!
the best know to use when trying mono to braid is the uni to uni knot. it is supper strong and does not slip. Tying on a 10ft leader kinda defeats the purpose of having braid on there. if i tie a leader on it is usually only 1to 2 feet or less.
I use the Uni-Knot you can find many site on how to tie this. It slides right through your guides when casting. I would recomend using a no stretch leader depending on what you are doing. Like flourocarbon or Flouroclear which is also less visable...
You'll want to tie on monofiliment backing to your spool, and fill the spool halfway up. Note that "halfway" is not halfway from the spool to the rim, as you always want to leave 1/8" of metal showing around the rim.
Then, try the braid to the mono using a double-uni knot. Google that knot and you will find several illustrations on how to tie it. Very durable and easy to tie. Good luck!
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