Braid to mono? Or straight to floro?

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  1. TJ23

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    Hey Everyone,

    Curious to get some suggestions/opinions on what you all prefer. Do you throw mono top shot on your braid? Then connect a floro leader to match the mono? Or do you fill it to the top and use a floro leader?

    I’m torn as I’ve always been told to have a mono top shot to help with stretch and forgiveness (less pulling hooks). But I’m curious if that’s no longer the norm?

    Any suggestions or comments are appreciated.
     
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    I tie braid to a short FC leader, 2-3', short enough that the knot doesn't go thru the guides. FC leader is not much different than mono underwater but it is more abrasion resistant. The more memory a line has, generally the harder it is and more abrasion resistant.
    Mathematical Theory of Fishing Line Visibility

    You can do a test like this yourself to see if you think FC is really invisible or not: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EHnxsLu69o . When I have compared lines in my pool or a glass of water, both mono and FC seemed similar.

    A mono top shot has to be fairly long to provide much stretch. A few feet won't make any difference.
     
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    I prefer mono all the way personally..
     
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    Mostly agree. For spinning reels, braid or other superline (Nanofil or Gliss) casts really nicely and has better sensitivity. For baitcasters, it backlashes more unless heavier braid is used. It is really nice for bottom fishing in deep water due to the lack of stretch. But you can't beat the convenience or cost of mono and no need to mess with leaders.
     
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    I have most of my reels about 5/6 full of braid with about 75-100ft of mono on top, tie on about 4-6ft fluro for tuna.
    My surface iron and yoyo reels I have 100yds mono with braid underneath.
    Some guys like the straight braid with short fluro leader, but zero stretch doesn't seem like a good idea to me, most of the boats recommend a boat length of mono on top. Seems like a good compromise of having lots of capacity, some cushion to pull less hooks, and not too much stretch so you can put the heat on the fish.
     
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    Offshore - I prefer my reels topped with braid to a short FL leader

    Inshore / Surface Iron - I use much more mono on my reel because I hate the idea of casting a connection knot through the eyes

    Surf - mono to a short FL leader
     
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    For slowpitch jigging or flat falls use all braid and 5 or 6 ft of FC
    For trolling use braid to mono, 25 ft of mono should do
    For spinning braid to mono, as much mono as you like, 50 to 100ft.
    For casting - braid to FC, keep the FC in front of the tip guide.

    Good luck and tight lines
     
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    For bigger fish in general I prefer a softer system that has a lot of give, so I can fish harder. Braid, 75ft of mono, 3ft of flouro, and my hook.

    Surface irons mono on a braid backing. I fish a 100 yard top shot or so.

    Bass gear I fish shorter leader of mono on braid.

    Finesse fishing with braid and short leaders requires lighter drags for the most part. I like to end things fast, less time for Murphy’s Law to show up.
     
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    Thank you everybody who chimed in. Exactly what I was looking for.
     
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    All reels loaded to the top w/ braid, all -5-6 ft floro leader.
    BFT fishing, the entire 25 yard spool or 25 feet atleast, like a wind-on leader of floro gets them to bite better as they grew-up eating carrots so they have great vision.....
     
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    ^ nailed it.
    I will add, when fishing calicos or yellows in and around the kelp, I’m doing braid to shorter fluoro (3-8feet) to have that kelp cutter rig. Calico fishing we’re locked drag anyways but yellows I’ll try to fish a bit softer of a rod and be very conservative on the drag since the line will have little to know give.
     
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    If you use Izorline XXX Mono in smoke....you don't need fluoro unless the bite is really finicky.
     
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