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Old 18-01-2011, 10:52 AM
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I've tried a few different lines for floater fishing over the years, and I was wondering if anyones got anything they particularly like / dislike for their mainline and hooklength.
I've also been thinking about floating braid for my mainline, but I'm not sure I like the thought of so little stretch.
Any thoughts or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 18-01-2011, 11:32 AM
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I use drennan double strength
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Old 18-01-2011, 11:35 AM
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Hi Kev
I would forget the braid as it will stand out like a saw thumb..I tend to look at fly leader lines.!! But as a norm I use Drennan Double Strength mono in 10lb or 12lb..

This one is defiantely my first choice..

Works well for Zigs too a cracking diameter line..

P.s Mr Hood nipped in before me..blast
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Old 18-01-2011, 12:04 PM
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Cheers Robin Hood and Boilie Stop.
I've never actually used Drennan Double Strength before, so I'll definately have a look at it.
Do you both use this as your mainline AND your hooklength then ?
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Old 18-01-2011, 12:09 PM
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I put 100m spool on with backing line. I have never hit my backing line as I tend to be quite close in.
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Old 18-01-2011, 03:21 PM
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Can you get the double strength in any bigger sizes than a 100m spool, I use it for my hooklink, but would fancy spooling up with it without using backing if possible!!
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Old 18-01-2011, 03:25 PM
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Can you get the double strength in any bigger sizes than a 100m spool, I use it for my hooklink, but would fancy spooling up with it without using backing if possible!!
pretty sure my grandads got it in 1000m 6lb lord knows where its from or how old it is? ive got it in 8lb though and its a great line for floater fishing and zigs. failing that, a good mono will see you right, deffo wouldnt consider braid and although its very discreet in the water, flouro sinks so dont bother with that either i tried it once when i first started, needless to say i laughed when i realised how daft i had been
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Old 18-01-2011, 04:03 PM
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10lb big game clear for mainline had fish dive frew weed and in and aroud bars and its been fine. coupled up with 5ft 10lb double streangth hook lenght size 11 dreannen barble hook... jobs a goodun. i carnt wait till spring/summer
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Old 18-01-2011, 04:23 PM
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Can you get the double strength in any bigger sizes than a 100m spool, I use it for my hooklink, but would fancy spooling up with it without using backing if possible!!
I haven't seen any spools bigger than 100m. I use backing line on mine and I have never hit the backing line. 100m is quite a distance when fishing on top.
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Old 18-01-2011, 04:55 PM
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I know what you're saying about braid, it's obviously going to be very visible compared to mono.
I was just thinking it would make casting much easier, meaning you could use smaller controllers or even freeline and still be able to reach fish. Additionally, it would be good not having to keep greasing my line to stop it sinking.
It was only an idea - obviously a bad one !!

Regarding Drennan Double Strength - it sounds good and is clearly very popular. I'll definately be giving it a go.
I've tried looking it up on the net, and it looks like it is only available in 100m spools.

Thanks for all your replies.
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Old 18-01-2011, 04:57 PM
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I use fox soft steel camou in 12lb form, blends nice as its different colours all the way down. I generally crop line to match water colour as its goes between brown and green every foot or so.
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Old 18-01-2011, 05:02 PM
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I haven't seen any spools bigger than 100m. I use backing line on mine and I have never hit the backing line. 100m is quite a distance when fishing on top.
right guys, just to clarify, spoke to my grandad and its drennan super specialist hes got in 1000m not double strength
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I haven't seen any spools bigger than 100m. I use backing line on mine and I have never hit the backing line. 100m is quite a distance when fishing on top.
Been looking online and I can't find bigger than 100m either, guess its going to be backing then, You're right about distance, don't think i'll worry about hitting the 100m plus!
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Old 18-01-2011, 05:41 PM
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i use that korda floater line in 10lbs on the mainline as theres 150m on a spool tyed to a fox inline bubble then 7 ft of the same line as a hooklink had 27 fish last year 23lbs to 36 lbs so it does its job
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forget double strength as a mainline it has no abrasion resistance and is a bit wiry as its prestretched a nice soft line like the korda one , proclear , catana in 10 or 12 somthing with a bit of stretch 2 act as a cushion for the small hooks as for hook lengths have a look at stroft in 0.20 0.22 and 0.25 mm the 0.20 is stronger than 10 double strengh wich is 0.24 mm its also softer and straightens out easier than ds ps beware of the knotless knot on prestretched monos as it greatly deteriates the breaking strain .
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Old 18-01-2011, 07:53 PM
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Thanks for all your your comments. It's certainly given me a couple of lines to look at that I hadn't considered.
Last season I used Berkeley XL as my mainline and Stroft as my hooklink, and although I caught plenty of fish, I think I could've done better.
I'm definately going to have a look at the Korda line for a mainline (and I've also seen that Fox do a 'Zig and Floater' line too - might be worth a look)
I'll also have a look at the Drennan line and see how it compares to Stroft.
Thanks again for all the advice.
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I use fox soft steel camou in 12lb form, blends nice as its different colours all the way down. I generally crop line to match water colour as its goes between brown and green every foot or so.
You are looking down on the water and see green / brown. The fish are sat in it, looking up at the sky. What they see is very different mate. Clear lines are best. Ask any dry-fly fisherman. Dont fall for the camo line bulls*** when floater fishing, it's there to catch the angler, not the fish.

Drennan double strength is my standard too for floater fishing. I also use flourocarbon leaders, and often use a fly rod and line with a tapered leader. I've played around with mainlines, found berkerley very good.
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8lb double strength (unless snaggy areas it would be 10lb or 12lb) small swivel to a 4 to 5ft hooklink.. size 10 or 12 hook with a small hair.. allows the bait to move on the surface pretty naturally
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Old 19-01-2011, 05:50 PM
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I've been using Drennan float fish line which hasnt let me down yet
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I know what you're saying about braid, it's obviously going to be very visible compared to mono.
I was just thinking it would make casting much easier, meaning you could use smaller controllers or even freeline and still be able to reach fish. Additionally, it would be good not having to keep greasing my line to stop it sinking.
It was only an idea - obviously a bad one !!

Regarding Drennan Double Strength - it sounds good and is clearly very popular. I'll definately be giving it a go.
I've tried looking it up on the net, and it looks like it is only available in 100m spools.

Thanks for all your replies.
Kev i wouldn't dismiss braid as a mainline for floater fishing until you've given it a go.Ive had a few on whychwood floater braid and found it to be exellent.
Like you said it floats and doesn't need greasing,its easy to 'mend' and keep straight and you can set the hook easier.Ive not found it spooks the carp and i wouldn't think it looks much more obvious than most mainlines when veiwed from below by the carp.Give it a go you might be suprised.

For mono ive found gold label pro gold in 10lb to be the best by far its tough,supple and with a nice amount of stretch but does need greasing to keep it on the surface.As has been previously stated you dont need to look further than Drennan Double Strength for hooklinks in either 8 or 10lb.

If your looking for the best hook for floater fishing then for me its the Drennan Big T in a 10.
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