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    Re: What is your go to "cheap" mono?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgs1 View Post
    Dave, up until recently I would apply it the same way but I found you need a lot less if you just spray it down good after it's spooled and let it sit for an hour. When you think about it, it's really only the first 100' or so that needs treating.

    I have found less fouling doing what I do, sometimes in weather over here it is too cold to soak too......Jetspray
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    Re: What is your go to "cheap" mono?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetspray View Post
    I lube as I spool, usually Ardent Line butter, but I also use Kevin VanDam's stuff and another called Tangle free (comes in 3 types). There is also a difference between levelwind reel and spinning reel with line. Levelwind can use most any line unless you are a casting expert and know how not to make a nest every cast. The thing about any type of lube is it reduces the friction of the line moving through the eyes and does not tend to hang back while the spool is moving (levelwind). If you do lube from the get go, wait until you have enough line on the spool before applying any, then reel some line in treat it, reel more line in treat it.....till done.......Jetspray


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    Dave, up until recently I would apply it the same way but I found you need a lot less if you just spray it down good after it's spooled and let it sit for an hour. When you think about it, it's really only the first 100' or so that needs treating.

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    I lube as I spool, usually Ardent Line butter, but I also use Kevin VanDam's stuff and another called Tangle free (comes in 3 types). There is also a difference between levelwind reel and spinning reel with line. Levelwind can use most any line unless you are a casting expert and know how not to make a nest every cast. The thing about any type of lube is it reduces the friction of the line moving through the eyes and does not tend to hang back while the spool is moving (levelwind). If you do lube from the get go, wait until you have enough line on the spool before applying any, then reel some line in treat it, reel more line in treat it.....till done.......Jetspray


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    Re: What is your go to "cheap" mono?

    The lube idea is worth trying....do you lube as you spool or when your finished spooling?
    I've done both but haven't seen any difference. Spraying after spooling seems to work fine for me.

    Typically, the line gets them most problems in the first 25' so when it does just peel that off and start fresh. I also spool only as much line as I think I'm going to need. Anymore is just a waste of line that will probably never get used but will deteriorate just like the rest.

    For my top lines running at 100' back I put 300' of line on and 50' of fly reel backing. That's three spools for the cost of one 300yd spool of line or about $2.00 per reel using Izorline or Trilene.

    Bear in mind that I'm talking about lake trout fishing here. They tend to run at you first trying to shake the hook and rarely run away. The fight usually begins the minute they see the boat or net.

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    Re: What is your go to "cheap" mono?

    The lube idea is worth trying....do you lube as you spool or when your finished spooling?

    I understand what your saying JS...again that's why I asked....trying to see if there was a particular brand that was a bit more reliable than the others.

    I believe you usually get what you pay for and I've often been one to not give any attention to lines such as CAJUN or the BIG GAME....but there are guys on here that say they swear by it. Me having never used can't say whether its worth a shot or not. But if enough folks use it and say its worth trying then why not?

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    Re: What is your go to "cheap" mono?

    I like Steve's line lube solution +1 on that. I would not buy a Ferrari either, just sayin' sometimes you spend a ton oh dough on a pole and reel, then the line falls short. Some cheap mono's are inconsistent in their manufacture, you have lumps all over it, it curls right off the spool, thicker-thiner in spots, color variations all over, the polymers are poor quality. I'm just sayin' it can vary a lot, 10 lb may only be 3 lb line in different areas along the line. It does get very brittle quickly especially exposed to elements in the water........Jetspray
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    Re: What is your go to "cheap" mono?

    Quote Originally Posted by seeinred View Post
    I've used power pro and other braids...not my thing for constantly casting. Plus I rub on one rock and snap. I see just as much issue with braids as I see with mono it's more of a personal preference. But preference isn't the issue. It is $$ for me right now. A spool of power pro or braid is for more $$ than mono. That's why I posed the question to see what the "frugal" fisherman is using.

    I'd never buy a ferrari. And fishing doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.
    Here's a little tip for making even the cheap stuff work well. Find yourself unscented hair conditioner at your local food store, cut it 75% with water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray that on your line after it's spooled and let it dry for about an hour. After that a quick spritz occasionally will refresh it.

    Or you can buy a bottle of KVD's Line & Lube. I seem to get the same results with either one and the hair conditioner goes a heck of a lot further.

    FYI, I just tried this on a whim a month or so ago so I don't have any long term test results. I can tell you that it has not changed the number of fish I catch so I guess they don't mind it.

    Also, when you're fishing lakes, line size, color and visibility matter very little. In streams it can make a huge difference because the predators are more prevalent overhead and the fish often spook easier.

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    Re: What is your go to "cheap" mono?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetspray View Post
    To me I think it like buying a Ferrari and complaining about the gas mileage. I do not have a go to mono, I use most of it for leaders. Some swear by it and some swear at it, I am one of the latter. When fishing from shore and casting I like something that has "0" memory and does not foul up the eyes on the way our or turn into a curly screw fisherman's friend bird's nest. Fishing is not a cheap sport, the cheaper you go the more likely you will say goodbye to what your trying to bring in.........Jetspray


    I've used power pro and other braids...not my thing for constantly casting. Plus I rub on one rock and snap. I see just as much issue with braids as I see with mono it's more of a personal preference. But preference isn't the issue. It is $$ for me right now. A spool of power pro or braid is for more $$ than mono. That's why I posed the question to see what the "frugal" fisherman is using.

    I'd never buy a ferrari. And fishing doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.

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    Re: What is your go to "cheap" mono?

    I'm a maxima fan these days, but I used to use big game for steelhead all the time, no problems at all.

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