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A good musky line ?
December 8, 2004
11:50 pm
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I got a new musky combo coming and was looking at filling it with one of the Cortland lines. Just wondering if anybody could recomend one or the other.
This will be my only real setup for now, so I'll use it to throw all types of lures.

Thanks,
Damian.

December 9, 2004
1:12 am
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Damian - I like the Musky Master line from Cortland. It's
a little thicker and easier for me to pick apart the bird's nests (oops, I shouldn't admit I still get them). I use the 45# line. Just don't ask Archie about the *$%#@! black line that always got wrapped around the wire lines.

We may only see what we look for.

December 9, 2004
2:50 am
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I use only the super braids.I've been happy with ripcord but have tried and stuck with tuff line and tuff line plus.I will be trying power pro on one of my reels this year.A lot of good thing said about power pro.Bob

December 9, 2004
3:15 am
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Ive used power pro 65 lbs test this year casted and trolled it. I like its very small diameter i believe 65lbs is equv to about 12lbs mono. its a good all around line. musky matt L

December 9, 2004
4:51 am
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I like either Cortland Spectron or Mason Tiger Braid, both superbraids.  I prefer the Tiger Braid because it has some dacron in it, giving a little more thickness than the pure superbraids.  This increases abrasion resistance and makes it less likely to get cut off by a gill plate or rock.

If you go with any superbraid, I wouldn't use anything lighter than 50# or even 80#.  The thin stuff just wears and abrades too easily.  I learned this the hard way when a muskie rolled up about 3' of line and cut some 35# test line with a gill plate.  It ran off with one of my favorite lures firmly embedded in its mouth.

With any low-stretch superbraid, you need to be sure not to give any slack or you lose fish.

Chris

December 10, 2004
12:39 am
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Thanks for the tips everyone

January 6, 2005
5:13 am
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I use Cortland Spectron in 80 lb. test, since it only has a line diameter of 25 lb test mono. I totally agree with Chris's advice about the 80 lb test, because you will appreciate that line strenght when you hook a 30 lb. class fish! Muskies are not line shy either, period! When they want to eat, they eat! Always use monofilament backing with your super lines though, to prevent slippage on your spools and to make your drags work properly. Good luck!

Tom Dietz
http://www.tomdietz.com

January 6, 2005
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Hey Tom,

Thanks for the heads up on using mono as a backing to the superbraids. But I used a Cabelas dacron all season this year and, while I didn't have a real problem casting the stuff, I did notice how nasty it laid back on the reel. Think the mono would cure this? Thanks

DL

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February 23, 2006
1:59 am
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I agree w/ Musky Matt. I prefer the Power Pro. I use the 65lb and the 80lb. Both are easy to work with.

February 23, 2006
2:42 am
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I've got Tuf Line on all of my reels and have been extremely happy with it...EXCEPT for this past weekend, when my uncoated line froze together on the reel and would only cast about 25'. Luckily Dave lent me a rod with a coated braid on it and I was able to cast that. I'm guessing the Tuf Line XP would solve the problem I had. Again, no problems except for the one 13 degree day.

Capt. Dieter Scheel    http://www.BigDRiverGuide.com

February 23, 2006
4:17 am
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I'm a Power Pro guy myself. Another trick it to wrap the spool with electrical tape before spooloing with any superline. Prevents the slipping without another knot. -Eric

February 23, 2006
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I've always been loyal to Power Pro as well. 65lb and up. Suffix came out with a new braid that is suppose to be great from what I hear. I may try that out on a reel this year.

Chad T

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