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I have been using 17# mono with a 50# shock leader. If I respool with braided line,say 65# PowerPro, is a shock leader required?
 

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I use 50# power pro with 100# power pro shock leader. one of the reason is it saves the main line while my shock leader is taking most of the abuse.
 

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Take it from someone who has seen what braided line can do, BE CAREFUL that braid will cut the tip of your finger right off. Saw it happen at Seagull a couple of years ago.
 

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Cut mine 50% off using 20# throwing 3 oz Kastmaster spoons. If you use braided line on a spinning reel, suggest that you use the leather finger covers. They are excellent quality and save alot of blood!!! Can buy them on the Gear site of the BB.
 

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I use a little leather finger guard that I bought in the arts and crafts department at Wallyworld. Helps to keep the braid from tearing up the fingers. I was trying to help someone handline their shark tonight, grabbed the line and realized it was braid. I let it go FAST!!! :eek:
 

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I was wondering about running a mono main line then using 65# or 80# power pro as a shock leader. Since the lines are similiar in diameter it gives you a nice compact knot that casts well. I tryed it just practice casting and it worked well. I was wondering what anyone thought about using this setup in fishing applications. Do you think it will work well?
 

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As braid does not stretch like mono, I would highly recommend against doing this. You will probably end up breaking your shocker when you cast.
 

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I don't have much problem with my leader breaking. I use Spiderwire Stealth #50, about 60 yards of that, then that attaches to a Stren #20 mono running line. The knot is really small and flies right through the guides. The only time the Spiderwire is a problem is if I want to handline something up. In that case, I use a gaff, or if I plan to release it, I'll use a pier net or beach it if none is available.
 
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