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Braid or Mono for Uptiding (can't find a definitive answer...)

Discussion in 'Beginners and Improvers' started by PaulJC37, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. PaulJC37

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    Evening all,

    I am new to WSF and would like to know people's opinion on whether they prefer braided mainline or monofilament for uptiding? I have looked for answers to this question here, and on the internet but the more I look the more confused I get! I understand you need a 'belly of line' in the tide to pull the grip lead into the sea bed, so does the thinner diameter of braid mean that this won't work?

    Any advice is much appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Paul.
     
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    I use(as do most of my mates) braid mainline and a shock/rubbing leader.
    The braid cuts through the tide allowing us to use lighter leads and the shock/rubbing leader allows the initial pull of the bite and the motion of the boat/tide to be absorbed
    The down sides of using braid is that as it gets wet it can slip under your thumb and if you get a birdy the loops tend to be basically tiny
    Just my opinion
     
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    I use braid for just about everything, another vote for braid.

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    Thanks for the replies. Zzippyguy, what breaking strain and length of rubbing leader do you normally use?

    Paul.
     
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    I've tried both and much prefer mono for uptiding, I find the lead holds much better as the larger diameter of the mono catches the tide much so you can get a nice bow in your line to hold the lead.

    Also I like multis for uptiding rather than fs and I don't get on with braid on multis and I find the thickness of braid you have to use to prevent birdys makes any effect of the thinner diameter over mono pretty much negligible
     
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    Another thumbs up for Braid, although I use a big fixed spool,about a 20 ft 40lb mono leader onto a 30lb braid mainline... never have any probs at all.
    I do use a Multi as a backup reel loaded with 25 lb mono, with the same 40lb mono leader,but it is nothing like as sensitive as Braid, with braid you know about the fish before the lead pulls out, by seeing several definite twitches or knocks on the rod tip, with mono, at least in my experience, the rod tip just springs back and the fish has already been hooked.
    Both work, its just the anglers preference really.

    Dave
     
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    Uptide rods are soft tipped so buffers the motion of the boat - even with braid.. the old thing was that the mono would cause a bow and that would cause the lead to be anchored. I use 30lb braid on a fixed spool Spheros 6000SW with a 50-80lb shock leader. I use a Agility uptide although it's heavier uptide.
     
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    I use 25lb mono on a SL30SH for uptiding (nice fast retrieve to get to bow of line in) but everybody else I fish with uses braid, as above. Don't have any problems with it, even in the bg tides of the BC, but when I fish on my mates boat I use his spare uptider (braid) and don't have any problems with that either!

    The only reason, for me, that mine has mono is that this was my "heavy ground" shore reel that now use on the uptider and haven't got round to re-spooling yet. Will probably re-spool to (30lb) braid when I get round to it.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies guys! I have gone with braid, and a mono shock/rubbing leader for now. I'll see how I get on.

    Cheers!
     
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    Hi Andy,

    Do you think 30lb braid would cast well on a big reel like a SL30?
     
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    Yes, when I fish on Headlights boat I use his uptider which has 30lb braid (on an Abu though not a SLOSH) and that casts fine, so can't see the difference. We both use the Chinese braid off fleabay.
     
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    with out a doubt its braid for me...use it on the mersey,,fast flowing and no problem holding bottom..
     
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    Sorry for the late reply Paul, I use 30lb braid and 60 - 80lb shock/rubbing leader, however as of late I've gone over to using Diawa J braid (79lb) straight through, no knots to worry about
     
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