Breaking strength much higher that spec'd
September 22, 2014
I've only tried two types of braid so limited experience with many types of line but I've logged a long season so far. Both fireline and power pro super slick 8 are exceptional lines. The breaking strength is very much underrated. Local shop said 30# breaks at 70#. I use 20# for surf fishing Newport. In retrospect I would use the 30# as I would prefer to bend hooks than lose my $20 needlefish. I also use 10# on my inshore rod. Which I've wrestled 42" stripers in on.
Pros:Incredible sensitivity, this line combined with the right rod allow you to feel the subtle differences in bottom. I have had no birds nests with fireline. Incredible durability, I prefer the smaller fireline diameter as it minimizes sailing in the wind. Stuff casts a mile. I use a double uni when connecting my line to flouro leader and line to backing.
Cons:Cost. But it lasts quite a while. I use 20# mono as backing and fill my VS250 with about 180 yards of the 20# Fireline. When it wears out, I have the local shop remove the line, flip it attaching the worn end to the backing.