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Ice line - Fluoro or braid?

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Looking at spooling up some reels for the winter. Wondering if people go straight fluoro, or braid with fluoro leader. Also what brand people prefer? Trilene, suffix?

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What kind of set up?

 

I use straight (light) mono for pannies, and 15lb braid with a leader for everything else, generally.

 

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I always found that braid froze up on me and gave me problems if outside in the elements.

I use something called floro ice by P-Line for pan fish.

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I generally fish from a shelter, unless it's really nice out. I use power pro braid, generally 20lb with a fluoro leader for most pickerel/pike/laker fishing and 3lb mono on my panfish rods. I do keep one medium action outfit spooled with mono in case I have to fish outside in the cold.

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I always found that braid froze up on me and gave me problems if outside in the elements.

I use something called floro ice by P-Line for pan fish.

 

 

How do you like this line?

 

All my reels are spooled with nano or power pro. I run 4 ft floro leaders on them all. I only fish outside when it,s mild and no one is around. Other then that, Im in my hub. LOL

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I generally fish from a shelter, unless it's really nice out. I use power pro braid, generally 20lb with a fluoro leader for most pickerel/pike/laker fishing and 3lb mono on my panfish rods. I do keep one medium action outfit spooled with mono in case I have to fish outside in the cold.

 

We fish almost the same. LOL

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I generally fish from a shelter, unless it's really nice out. I use power pro braid, generally 20lb with a fluoro leader for most pickerel/pike/laker fishing and 3lb mono on my panfish rods. I do keep one medium action outfit spooled with mono in case I have to fish outside in the cold. I tried nanofil last winter, cause I use it all summer long, but it shreds to bits in the cold.

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Problem with braid is the thin diameter, will burn a line groove in the ice when fighting large fish ie steelhead through the ice, fishing pannies shouldnt be an issue with braid

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same as everything else basically, just altered slightly dependent on scenario

 

 

on my 500 series reel for walleye, pike and anything else swimming 15lb pp ice braid - Uni Knot - 17lb flurocarbon leader (too many 5lb+ pikes on GB)

 

for laketrout 1000 series reel, regular PP with a 10 lb fluro carbon leader.

 

if you are getting too much line twist...throw in a raven xxxs swivel instead of the uni knot.

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I always found that braid froze up on me and gave me problems if outside in the elements.

 

 

I found the same so I went to a coated braid and it's very similar to mono in the way it sheds water.

The stuff I use is Tuf-Line Supercast. Used to be called Duracast.

It's not ice specific so it comes in bigger spools which is nice.

I use flouro leaders on my braid.

 

Flouro line is terrible in the winter. It gets really stiff and coily.

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Braid with leader, either fluorocarbon, mono or hybrid (e.g. P-Line Floroclear) If I am fishing deep I use braid with fluoro or maybe hybrid line. I rarely fish in a hut, and yes the line does freeze up, but it's manageable enough. It's not like mono doesn't freeze up. Braid is a bit worse in collecting ice though, but easy to clean off. For shallow water (<30feet) I'll use either braid or mono/hybrid. Braid brands don't matter much to me, but I think I have Powerpro Ice braid. They're all basically made of the same thing, some are just more round than others. It's also the one time I will use Trilene Fireline, I find it's actually pretty decent for vertical jigging.

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Braid is a no no outside the hut.

 

These days I like nanofil on the ice with a fluoro leader

 

 

 

I found the same so I went to a coated braid and it's very similar to mono in the way it sheds water.

The stuff I use is Tuf-Line Supercast. Used to be called Duracast.

It's not ice specific so it comes in bigger spools which is nice.

I use flouro leaders on my braid.

 

Flouro line is terrible in the winter. It gets really stiff and coily.

 

Those are the two lines I use as well. Back when a member had a e-store he asked the MFG of the Tuff-Line for me if the ice version was any different and they said no, smaller spool and costs more...

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How do you like this line?

 

All my reels are spooled with nano or power pro. I run 4 ft floro leaders on them all. I only fish outside when it,s mild and no one is around. Other then that, Im in my hub. LOL

I use P-Line on all my reels that don't require braid. Mainly Floro clear for summer applications.

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I use P-Line on all my reels that don't require braid. Mainly Floro clear for summer applications.

 

I was referring to the floro ice line you mentioned.

 

I use P-Line as well on my drop shot and tube rods. Floro Clear.

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For my walleye/white fish rig, I run 10lb micro-ice braid. With a 8.5lb Raven flouro leader. You feel every little tick. I've use 6lb braid, with a 4lb raven flouro leader on my pan fish rods. but I also run a few reels with light light mono and a light rod with and extra sensitive tiped rod. I prefer that..

 

I have been fishing the micro ice for years, outside, in some very harsh conditions. Dealing with the ice build up is worth extra sensitive action. With my style of jigging, I need go be able to feel minisquel details about my lure, at 100' down sometimes. You just can't get the same feel with mono, IMO.

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Fireline Crystal for me.

 

How is that for water retention? I was between that and PP.

 

The guy at BassPro just said he uses straight mono (trilene sensation) on all his ice fishing rods to avoid line freezeup all together.

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How is that for water retention? I was between that and PP.

 

The guy at BassPro just said he uses straight mono (trilene sensation) on all his ice fishing rods to avoid line freezeup all together.

I use Trilene Sensation for just about everything, it's good line.

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How is that for water retention? I was between that and PP.

 

The guy at BassPro just said he uses straight mono (trilene sensation) on all his ice fishing rods to avoid line freezeup all together.

 

I don't mind mono if I'm fishing perch or other shallow fish. But 100+ft depths for lakers and whities, it's FC. Water retention isn't too bad, won't notice it inside a hut but if you're outside and the wind is blowing I'll ice up the first few guides after a while.

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I can't deal with braid freezing up outside so I prefer mono. At deep depths you do have to become a line watcher instead of a line feeler though if you are using light lures. Anything looks odd, set the hook -- I usually see the strike before I feel it. If you are aggressively jigging a spoon, it don't matter braid or mono, they usually smash it.

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