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Old 02-13-2011, 01:36 PM   #1
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Default Fireline or Power Pro for Float/jig fishing?

What do like like better and why? Does one mend, float, or behave better than the other?

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Old 02-13-2011, 02:08 PM   #2
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Spin reel fireline for sure, Casting Power pro..
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Old 02-13-2011, 02:36 PM   #3
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im running 14lb fireline right now and im loving it. really smooth and casts great.
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Old 02-13-2011, 02:40 PM   #4
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I like my 20# Power Pro.
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:05 PM   #5
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The original fireline mends better then power pro I think. I also think the hydrofloat by Pline mends better then anything else, but you have to really watch the yellow coating on it.
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:23 PM   #6
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Default Re: Fireline or Power Pro for Float/jig fishing?

A new one to the field is Tuff line Duracast. It has the coating to it to limit tip wrap, and is round and casts well. I used it briefly on my OP trip with Mike Z. I've been using fireline Crystal and am not sold on it yet. It DID tip wrap my Hertzog Lami and took off 3 guides and two inches of the tip in an instant. I'm pretty much DONE with power pro, if Tuff Line pencils out.! I've used Power Pro for about 5 years and caught hundreds of steelhead with it but am DONE with tip wraps!

I've been using Fireline Crystal for about a month, so the jury is still out. But I'm not that impressed with it so far. One good thing I will say is that it doesn't absorb water so It might work well in below freezing conditions.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:51 PM   #7
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Default Re: Fireline or Power Pro for Float/jig fishing?

Hey Geo, I'm interested in the Duracast verdict. I picked some up at the Sportsman's show. However I'm working all week & won't be able 2 try it out yet. Used Hydrofloat last week. It worked well, but it's so friggin BRIGHT! Let us know how well it works for you. thnx.
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:05 PM   #8
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Hey Geo, I'm interested in the Duracast verdict. I picked some up at the Sportsman's show. However I'm working all week & won't be able 2 try it out yet. Used Hydrofloat last week. It worked well, but it's so friggin BRIGHT! Let us know how well it works for you. thnx.

ooooooh, Hydrafloat. I have a verdict on that...............

Hey, If Mike Z is using tuf line, then it must have impressed him. I've learned a lot from hime and I trust his judgment. I will be heading out to the OP the end of this week and will pick some up and try it. I fished it for about half a day and caught a couple of fish on it. Thought it was great. Need more time to get a better feel for it.

I've looked at all my local stores and haven't seen it. Even Cabelas. The Forks Thriftway is the only place I found it.

That place actually has some great stuff and not tooooo expensive.
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Old 02-13-2011, 11:18 PM   #9
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I have tried the Duracast and wasn't happy with the results. At first like others have posted it was rounder and was a smoother at casting. But only after one trip with it, I noticed that the line it self wore down quickly. It frayed easier than tuff line. I use a sliding bobber and where I have a swivel below the bobber that is where I found most wear on the line. It does however float better than regular tuff line xp. Which I have been using for about 3 years now.
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:39 PM   #10
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Spin reel fireline for sure, Casting Power pro..
I've used both and would agree here.
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:53 PM   #11
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I bobber/jig fish a lot and had always used Tuff Line for years. However, it use to tip wrap a lot and was a real pain. So it was time to replace so I talked with the guys at Fisherman's to get their opinion. They turned me on to Fireline and I have not looked back. I love the stuff and it has cured the tip wrap issue entirely. I also like the floating charactistics of the Fireline, it makes it real easy to mend your line for better presentation.
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:48 PM   #12
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I bobber/jig fish a lot and had always used Tuff Line for years. However, it use to tip wrap a lot and was a real pain. So it was time to replace so I talked with the guys at Fisherman's to get their opinion. They turned me on to Fireline and I have not looked back. I love the stuff and it has cured the tip wrap issue entirely. I also like the floating charactistics of the Fireline, it makes it real easy to mend your line for better presentation.
I see there is a few versions of Fireline.
Are you using Fireline Original?

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Old 02-15-2017, 07:16 PM   #13
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Old 02-15-2017, 08:58 PM   #14
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I use 30lb Power Pro Slick for all my tributary salmon and steelhead fishing. It casts for miles....and I have tested its strength against some very large and very strong fish and has never let me down. I Highly recommend it.


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Old 02-15-2017, 11:43 PM   #15
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Default Re: Fireline or Power Pro for Float/jig fishing?

I've used Power Pro without any issues and Suffix as well. To me I am happy with either and when it's time to buy, I grab which ever one is cheaper. All my mono is Suffix and I've found no reason to change that either.
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Old 02-16-2017, 07:55 AM   #16
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I see there is a few versions of Fireline.
Are you using Fireline Original?
14# Berkley FireLine Fused Crystal is what I've used for years and really like..............

My only negative comment would be that when fishing in freezing temps the line will fray, doesn't appear to effect the strength however...........
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Old 02-16-2017, 08:41 AM   #17
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Fireline.
X2. I've had it for 3 years and love it.
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:42 AM   #18
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Default Re: Fireline or Power Pro for Float/jig fishing?

Started using 20lb fireline back in 2004 and have never had any issues. It's a bit stiffer starting out but softens a bit with use. I tried power pro one year and had so much tip whip I ended up yanking it off after that first trip.
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Old 02-16-2017, 04:28 PM   #19
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Fireline Pro- lasts forever, floats well

Fireline Con- stiff as hell for awhile


PowerPro Pro- not as stiff out of the box, floats well

PowerPro Con- one season of hard use and needs to be replaced
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:38 PM   #20
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Default Re: Fireline or Power Pro for Float/jig fishing?

If I had to choose between the two I would pick berkly nanofil 17 lb white
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:47 PM   #21
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neither suffix 832 for float and jig fishing it is 5 time more supple and last twice as long and casts much farther.....
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:59 PM   #22
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neither suffix 832 for float and jig fishing it is 5 time more supple and last twice as long and casts much farther.....
Supple. That's exactly it. I find that I don't experience any memory with it.
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If your haven't tried the izor line, give it a try. Great line and floats like a dream and stuff enough to not having any issues with tip wrap.
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Old 02-18-2017, 07:47 AM   #24
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If your haven't tried the izor line, give it a try. Great line and floats like a dream and stuff enough to not having any issues with tip wrap.
Is the Izor line you speak of a braid or is it the mono?
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He braid. It's a light green color
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Old 02-18-2017, 02:30 PM   #26
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I like the Hi Vis Yellow Power Pro for both steelhead and salmon jig/float fishing.
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Old 02-18-2017, 03:02 PM   #27
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Default Fireline or Power Pro for Float/jig fishing?

It also depends on what poundage you are using.
I have seen guys use different braids from 20 to 80lb

40lb power pro. I like red.

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Old 02-19-2017, 06:56 AM   #28
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to me fireline crystal is the biggest pile of s#$t. i bought some like 8 years ago when it came out. my brother used my rod and snapped off 2 fish promptly...i tossed the spool. didn't think much about it and went back to power pro.

then last year we took a float with an i fish guide and we used it all day with zero issues. i figured hey they got it figured out, so i go home and buy a spool of 20 lb. i then get to rigging up a bobber rod. doing my palmar knot i could literally snap the line when pulling it tight and cinching it down. i confirmed that the knot was ok to use and contacted the guide we had just gone with. he had not heard of it happening before.
so.....

needless to say i will not use that stuff i am not sure how anyone else does. i will stick with my PP super slick.
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to me fireline crystal is the biggest pile of s#$t. i bought some like 8 years ago when it came out. my brother used my rod and snapped off 2 fish promptly...i tossed the spool. didn't think much about it and went back to power pro.

then last year we took a float with an i fish guide and we used it all day with zero issues. i figured hey they got it figured out, so i go home and buy a spool of 20 lb. i then get to rigging up a bobber rod. doing my palmar knot i could literally snap the line when pulling it tight and cinching it down. i confirmed that the knot was ok to use and contacted the guide we had just gone with. he had not heard of it happening before.
so.....

needless to say i will not use that stuff i am not sure how anyone else does. i will stick with my PP super slick.
That's interesting, I've been fishing the 14# crystal for about 6 years now and have never had an issue with breaking as you're describing. I did try the 20# one year on a respool and did not like it, it was to stiff......
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Old 02-19-2017, 08:37 AM   #30
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I like the Hi Vis Yellow Power Pro for both steelhead and salmon jig/float fishing.
Hey Mark, that's where I started out, with the yellow power pro. I really liked the way it cast and floated, but the tip wrap drove me crazy. That's what drove me to the Fire line and much much less tip wrap issues.

Do you have tip wrap issues with the power Pro?

Or, how do you prevent tip wrap issues with the power pro?
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To prevent line tip issues, I always try and put a little tension on the line right before the float/jig actually hit the water.

I haven't used Fireline so I can't make a comparison between the two.
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To prevent line tip issues, I always try and put a little tension on the line right before the float/jig actually hit the water.

I haven't used Fireline so I can't make a comparison between the two.
I do the same thing, it helps your gear lay out nicer too.

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If I had to choose between the two I would pick berkly nanofil 17 lb white
great choice, I like white 17lb nonofil, or 14lb white fireline...neither has ever given me any trouble at all.

nonofil mends a little better, fireline lasts a little longer...toss up for me, but there is no close second choice below those two for me.
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I like the looks of white but it sure gets dirty easy. I will stay with hi vis yellow.
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To prevent line tip issues, I always try and put a little tension on the line right before the float/jig actually hit the water.

I haven't used Fireline so I can't make a comparison between the two.
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I do the same thing, it helps your gear lay out nicer too.
I do that as well. Learned that from you Mark back when I was first getting into bobber/jig fishing. Where I was getting the tip wrap more often was mending my line. It seemed as though the line would loop up on the mend, real pain.....

Since I switched to the Fireline I have not had this issue.........

I really liked the floating properties of the Power Pro, but I really like the stiffness of the Fireline. Casting is about the same with both lines. So, I guess it just comes down to choice........

Thanks guys for your insight........
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Occasionally I have problems with the Power Pro wrapping around the tip while mending my line. Must just be the nature of the braid itself.

I especially like the floating abilities of Power Pro when fishing in tidewater for Salmon.
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So i put some Fireline on a President 4000 and it says it will hold 175yds of 12lb mono,,fireline 30 lb says it is the diamater of 12 lb mono but i could only get about 110 yds of fireline on the spool,,,just not putting it on tight enough ?
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