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nanofil is great stuff.i go no smaller than 6lb which is tiny enough.you have to adjust to it.knots can slip if not tied correctly.it has no stretch so hook sets have to be light.i find it works better on a glass or composite rod better than graphite.best line for tossing jigs i have ever used.like braid it has kind of a break in period ,it will cast better the more you use it.not cheap but not much more than fluorocarbon and never goes bad like mono.many here will disagree with me but i love the stuff and have caught 100s of fish without changing the line,i hooked a giant carp in the tail last year.the line didn;t break,but the hook did
I tried 4lb nano and it didn't agree with my fishing style. I do think it would work ok for casting with weight, but I found it terrible for casting very lightweight offerings. <1/80 oz. It tended to dig into itself on the spool, but again that wouldn't be as much of a problem when casting stuff larger than 1/80.
I have Sufix braid in 4lb test on one rod, and It's relegated to crankbaits, spinners, and jigs. For any float fishing, I use mono.
Welcome aboard Adam!
Had some great experience using Nanofil in the 3# and 4# sizes last year on my long casting/tiny jigs systems. Casts a country mile… I find it slick thru the guides with some great sensitivity and strength. I used it also vertically jigging thru some laydowns straight down thru the branches…. And never lost a fish to a break-off... I set the hook hard and I horse the fishes in with authority using this line.
The only problem I found was it was a little problematic with memory off the spool… if the jig was extremely light it lost some sensitivity.
i also have abstained from using the line with slip floating systems because the slip knots just do not hold
I like Berkley Nanofil just fine . . . but I greatly prefer Sufix Nanobraid in 2 lbs. test. It is a traditional woven braid made of Dyneema strands and it is great for long casting affairs. The manufacturer claims that it is 3X as strong as "others in its class," so I think what is meant here, other 2 lbs. lines. I concur. I think it likely has the strength equivalency of a 6 lbs. mono.
I use a super little jig head made by Owner. They come in different sizes but I prefer the .7 grams size (approx. 1/40th oz.) with a 2" curly tailed grub for a plastic (most of the time). So, it really doesn't snag bad, at all, but I did snag up a week or so ago where I suppose the hook wrapped perfectly around some vegetation. I couldn't break loose, so I straightened the rod with the line direction, grabbed the braid . . . and pulled. I straightened out the little hook. The tensile force I was putting on the braid greatly exceeded 2 lbs.
It is so incredibly small, .001" in diameter (one-thousandths of an inch), that I fish it without a leader in the relatively clear water of my east Texas lake. I can't imagine a fish being able to see it well at all. I've caught small LMBs up to 2 lbs., bluegills and other bream types up to 10", a hefty white bass, a large gizzard shad about 10" long and many crappie. Nothing has broken the line while reeling in. I did try to swing the large white bass up on a dock and it broke the hook off.
For any techniques needing casting distance, I'd definitely go with this braid. I'd bet it casts even farther than Nanofil. Nanobraid looks almost like spider silk blowing through the air.
For, close in work like around and under docks, I'd think Tatsu or Seaguar's other finesse fluorocarbon in the smallest possible test would be best.
And, any of the better quality monos, too, for general purposes. Isn't SOS actually made by Sufix? Sufix makes great monofilaments.
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