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i bought a spool of shockleader on saturday 50lb breaking strain,the question is whats the difference between what i bought and 50lb normal mono which is much cheaper...:g:
 

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I think the difference between the two lines are the shock leader is more likely to be manufactured with a lot more stretch to compensate for the stress while casting. IMO
 

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I don't think there is any difference at all between most 50lb lines and most 50lb shock leader other than the fact that the later usually comes on a smaller spool. There is one exception I know of though and that's greased weasel. It's virtually indestructible and will tie very small knots for it's size if handled correctly. Try the grey variety and when you tie the overhand knot over the main line pull it very tightly with a pair of pliers and then trim leaving a small stub.
Strength wise I haven't found a any shock leader that actually gives it stated breaking strain. My advice would be to go for 70 if 50 is needed.
Out of interest daiwa state that the breaking strain of there tournament tapered leaders was over 100lb when they introduced them much to sea danglers disgust, they wanted something thinner. The stated reason was knot strength but the ones I've tested broke at 70 odd pounds and not at the knot.
Stretch varies from line to line and in my view is undesirable. Some lines neck and break - not a good idea as they also seem to do this with use. Greased weasel is slightly elastic and will last for ages.

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hi there,the diffrence is u got a lot less on a spool for more money,thats about it,buy urself a bulk spool of 50,60 80lb clear mono,just as good.superstrike is great stuff u get 200mtrs for a few quid from jims mail order.

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always use normal mono for leader,no problems yet:)
 

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I usually buy spools of Ultima Shockleader as i trust it and it seems reasonably priced. I also use the clear stuff for rig bodies aswell so it has two main uses. My friends often buy bulk spools of 60 or 70lb Supercast line cheaply and use that as shockleader material. I think a 1kg spool costs them about £10 and lasts for ages. When i have ran out of leader on trips with them, once or twice the big spool of supercast has come to the rescue. It seems ok to me, the only problem i have with it really is that it does not knot aswell as specialist leader material, and can also get worn more easily as it is not as abrasion resistant.
 
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