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    We are heading up on July 13th- either we bring our fishing rods(2 rods and tackle box counts as 1 bag on Alaska) or we buy our stuff up there.

    I know flipping for Reds is all about(well sort of)-and we have power pro 65test on a couple reels and have power pro 10 test on a couple other reels.

    Is using 65# test smart- 10#test to light- Or just stop being "cheap" and buy what you need up there?

    Thanks

    Doug

  • #2
    Originally posted by pyrohobie View Post
    We are heading up on July 13th- either we bring our fishing rods(2 rods and tackle box counts as 1 bag on Alaska) or we buy our stuff up there.

    I know flipping for Reds is all about(well sort of)-and we have power pro 65test on a couple reels and have power pro 10 test on a couple other reels.

    Is using 65# test smart- 10#test to light- Or just stop being "cheap" and buy what you need up there?

    Thanks

    Doug
    10# is just plain dumb. At least 20# is the usual for reds, as they are very powerful fish in very strong current, and often find hooks in body parts other than the mouth. Depends on the rods you have whether you should look at buying when you're in state or not. Something in 10-20 or 10-17 class, 8'-9' works well for a flippin stick. The 65# power pro is fine for flipping; any lighter and the diameter gets thinner, causing more cuts to fingers. Still a good idea to wear gloves; when flipping you often are holding your line crooked in one finger; can cut like a hot knife in soft butter when you set the hook. I usually run a heavy mono leader about 6' long, 25# or so, as the power pro is so limp the drift is weird with it, and it doesn't line fish as well.

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    • #3
      If you plan on fishing near other people with powerpro be prepared to be called a few choice names. That stuff is great for deep sea fishing but it is horrible when you are near other people and tangles are the norm. It cuts through mono like a knife and the tangles sometimes are almost impossible to undo. I've seen fist fights almost break out on the Kenai between folks using braided line and mono.

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      • #4
        River fishing all I use is braided. In over 12 years I have only had one guy get mad at me when we tangled and it was mt fish that ran into his line because he didn't even try to get out of the way (he did the same with a few others that weren't using braided line). If I get tangled I will try to untangle quickly, even if it means to cut my line and retie. I use 80# and have only had a seal break me off down at Ship creek every other time I either kept or released the fish or even had hooks straighten out.

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        • #5
          Where are you planning to fish. Most guys run mono and for good reasons. It won't tear the **** out of you hands while flossing, it has stretch which is a big plus when fighting salmon(less hooks ripped out) it's better for flossing, and it's cheap. Braid is good for the salt but not so good for freshwater salmon.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by live4chrome View Post
            Where are you planning to fish. Most guys run mono and for good reasons. It won't tear the **** out of you hands while flossing, it has stretch which is a big plus when fighting salmon(less hooks ripped out) it's better for flossing, and it's cheap. Braid is good for the salt but not so good for freshwater salmon.
            Tell that to my freezer full of ALL RIVER CAUGHT salmon. It's not about the material your line is made of, it's about how proficient you are at fishing with whatever you're using. Heck, growing up we didn't have much money so I used baler twine for pike fishing. To be successful I learned how to become proficient with it and your opinion of less hooks ripped out with mono shows you don't do much observing of your surroundings while fishing at places like the Russian River considering how many fish I see lost to mono fisherman. I don't care if you use braided, mono, fluorocarbon, baler twine or anchor rope - become proficient with what you use and how you use it and you too can spend more time filling your freezer than snagging or loosing fish.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dandeo2003 View Post
              I use 80#
              I was gonna say "lemme guess, you prolly use 80# too" then I reread your post... Do you jamb up the boat launches too? You're that guy

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              • #8
                Originally posted by live4chrome View Post
                Where are you planning to fish. Most guys run mono and for good reasons. It won't tear the **** out of you hands while flossing, it has stretch which is a big plus when fighting salmon(less hooks ripped out) it's better for flossing, and it's cheap. Braid is good for the salt but not so good for freshwater salmon.

                thats debatable....
                I will never be a "Prostaffer" its not that I am not good enough
                but its because I refuse to pimp products for free.

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                • #9
                  Stick N String haha

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                  • #10
                    12# Maxima...works like a charm on the Klutina, Kenai....anywhere my freezer has ended up filling up with reds.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Laker Taker View Post
                      I was gonna say "lemme guess, you prolly use 80# too" then I reread your post... Do you jamb up the boat launches too? You're that guy
                      HEY! I shoulda trademarked "That Guy" I guess.

                      -grin-
                      “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.” ― H.S.T.
                      "Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you."

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                      • #12
                        Braided ppl suck

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                        • #13
                          I understand the problems when fishing goes wrong but i use braided as well it sure is nice not to lose a hook every ten minutes. I like previously stated only have to resharpen and straighten hooks.
                          Trying to play enough to make working for the money all worth it.

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                          • #14
                            Break down and carry your rods. Ditch the tackle box. Buy a fishing vest. Pack your tackle in your suitcase.
                            Results:
                            Eliminate a baggage check.
                            Eliminate "Chechocko" altogether...

                            Rosenberg; Florida
                            "Two decades researching and defining fishing opportunities in the Last Frontier!"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Bernard R. Rosenberg View Post
                              Break down and carry your rods. Ditch the tackle box. Buy a fishing vest. Pack your tackle in your suitcase.
                              Results:
                              Eliminate a baggage check.
                              Eliminate "Chechocko" altogether...

                              Rosenberg; Florida
                              I get a chuckle everytime I see someone walking along the Russian carrying an actual tacklebox.

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