I currently fish with 2 - 4lb Hi Vis Gold Stren (old eyes) ... tied to a 6 ft length of 2lb Maxima or 2lb Vanish Fluorocarbon leader. I fish with very small jigs 1/100th - 1/64th of an ounce... these jigs are normally tipped with a cricket, mealworm, wax worm or some other juicy enticement.
I tried Fireline years ago when it first came out. HATED IT.... coiled up on the surface of the water... didn't cast well ... cutting it was a nightmare... and knot tying was also very difficult. It just wasn't worth the hassle.
I have read comments on this site by fisherman I respect... that the new Fireline and/or new braids out there are a HUGE improvement over the stuff I tried all those years ago.
I fish ultra-lite... I want sensitivity and 'FEEL' , and something almost invisible, but I also need strength... I fish in somewhat weedy areas at times and some of the Bluegills/Readears located there can be big... 2 lbs plus.
Which knots should I use to tie the fluorocarbon leader to the Fireline/Braid. I normally use a surgeons knot... is that still OK ?
Can I still use the Palomar knot to tie the Fireline/Braid to the Jig/hook ?
Can I cast Fireline/Braid with a Shimano Sustain. I seem to recall you had to use a special reel just for the purpose.
Which of the Firelines/Braids will give me what I want ? Color (Please remember my old eyes) ... Sensitivity... Knot strength... line strength ? Without the hassles involved with the old STUFF.
I know this is an old subject and has been discussed here many times and at great length... but lines are changing all the time and a re-thinking might not be bad for any of us... Especially me.
I am always looking for an edge over the best fighting fish in the world... pound-for-pound... maybe these new lines can give me that.
Appreciate any help with this.