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    I'm looking at buying some braid to help get more distance casting. So far I've narrowed it down to Gardner kenetic and fox submerge as they have low diameters compared to other braids on the market. Swaying more with fox as the Gardner is 100% dyneema which I always understood floats? My actual question is that obviously fishing finer braids ie .16mm how much leadcore would you consider safe to use to prevent cutting? It might not be an issue but I always thought that flat woven braids like the fox braid can cut? (Gardner is round) the rule on the lake is a minimum of 2' leader, wondered if that was enough?
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    Why not just use a fluorocarbon leader? Gives a bit more cushioning when using braided mainline.

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    If your using it purely for distance then you'll want a floating braid,
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    what tab said works . it also pulls your braid down to the bottom and cushions the cast and playing a fish too. if I was using lead core and braid I'd be looking at 3 foot max in case the braid pulls the leader up in the water as floating or neutral braid seems to be the best casting braid. all just my opinion of course ☺

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    Braid is made from dyneema which floats.. To get it to sink something that sinks needs to be woven into it increasing diameter. Which is why if you want an out and out casting braid the proper pure dyneema ones are better.. Can't go wrong with whiplash or power pro. Plus a flourocarbon leader.
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    The ones that properly sink well as more or less the same diameter as mono.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nwjgoode View Post
    The ones that properly sink well as more or less the same diameter as mono.
    Or even higher diameter.

    I use 25lb Pike braid for Piking and whilst it sinks like a stone, its thick and casts like a pig!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nwjgoode View Post
    If your using it purely for distance then you'll want a floating braid,
    Why would you want to use a floating braid fishing at any distance? The tow would be a nightmare I would have thought?
    Also the people saying use fluro leaders, do you mean 3ft like a length of leadcore or shock leader length? I can't use naked leaders only leadcore/safe zone type leaders so short lengths are out of the question really. Would I gain that much from a fluro shock leader? As flurocarbon has an extremely low stretch rate I thought?
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    I've noticed that, ie the Korda stuff. This fox submerge is meant to be a sinking braid, mostly dyneema I'm guessing as the dia is very small but it says it's meant to sink well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I-LOVE-TUFTIES View Post
    Why would you want to use a floating braid fishing at any distance?
    Because the floating braids are thinner so actually cast. When I was fishing mercers I was using 20lb whiplash and was casting 165 with it straight through. Try casting a sinking braid that far - you'll never get it the same diatance

    And yes fluoro doesn't stretch as much but the little it does will make a huge difference
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    Suffix 832 39lb .26

    Casts a dream

    Sinks

    Strongest braid I've ever used

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    Suffix 832 gets my vote too.

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    I bought the Kenetic which is neutral bouncy I've not used it yet but it's very thin in 25lb

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    if you are aloud to use a safe zone leader i would use one of them as it will protect the fish ans also add a bit of stretch

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    Power pro is superb stuff

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    have found that power-pro and 832 is neutral buoyancy and that it is particles / air bubbles that attach to it that make it float. decent line but not that abrasion resistant. brilliant strength and knot strength though

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    Has anyone tried the Korda yet?

    I used to love the original Bullet and GR800. Since then I've tried Dynon SK, Gardner and NXT Bullet. They are all slow sinking or neutral.

    I want something with a bit of weight to it!
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    I fish braid mainline a !ot for both barbel and tench and as a couple of other's have mentioned a 6ft or so length of fluoro will really help avoid hookpulls - I found that out the hard way

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    Quote Originally Posted by MooseMan View Post
    Or even higher diameter.

    I use 25lb Pike braid for Piking and whilst it sinks like a stone, its thick and casts like a pig!
    Hi moose man

    Interesting. Can I ask, where'd you get the pike braid and is 25lb the strongest bs. I ask as I'm looking for a proper sinking braid for cats. I used to swear by the old Nash bullet braid in 25lb, but it's not quite man enough now the cats are getting bigger!
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    I use the Korda sub braid in 20lb,sinks really well but like most true sinking braids it's not the best caster,but I can reach 90-100 yards with it in still conditions, otherwise it's wind knot central!

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