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How to Tell Mono and Braid Pound Test

Old 02-17-2019, 09:06 AM
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So I picked up three 50w and an 80w yesterday that are three year old but never used. The guy was not sure what was on the reels for line. He said that he believed that it was braid with a mono top shot. Is there any good way to tell what pound test the braid and mono are? I measured the mono and one is .027 two are .033 and one is .036. My other rods that have 80# mono top shot measures .033. I know mono is cheap but is the line still good being three years old but never used? Also the braid is defiantly good and I would want to keep it if I could determine what pound test it was. Any thought?
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:22 AM
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I'd probably replace it just because, but if it hadn't been exposed to uv light it should be good. Looks like you've got 50 and 80 on there
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Old 02-17-2019, 02:28 PM
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Not all braid manufacturers label their lines the same, or braid their lines the same, but the actual break strength vs diameter columns on this chart, should give you a good idea what you are dealing with.

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Have you considered locking up the drag and just pulling. Rating means nothing to me, real world results it what counts.

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Braid - almost impossible to tell what it really is.

Mono - if it’s rated to meet IGFA line classes you can pretty confident of its rating by measuring diameter.

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Old 02-17-2019, 08:27 PM
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Give it a break test with a scale.
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:35 PM
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For the small cost and certainty I'd just replace the mono topshots anyway. When you are doing that, you could take a small section of the braid off and test it.
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:11 AM
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My personal rule when buying a pre-owned reel is to trash all the existing line and re-spool. One never knows what is actually on there to begin with. The previous owner may be mistaken or a downright liar. I need my equipment to perform, so I just don't take that chance. When people advertise a used reel for sale, I base my offer on the reel only and politely suggest they are free to strip the line off and keep it.
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:56 PM
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I do agree that the top shot should probably get replaced no matter what. I do kinda agree that you should almost just replace all the line no matter what but if the braid is the hollow core pound test I would put on anyway then it makes no sense to replace.
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So is it braid or is it hollow core? Big difference!!
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by andosan View Post
Braid - almost impossible to tell what it really is.
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So is it braid or is it hollow core? Big difference!!
Strip the mono off to the braid using a line counter to measure it. If you find a nice hollow core braid splice stop and take a foot of braid from each as a sample. When you’re at the tackle shop picking up new mono do a visual comparison of the braid to the known braid tests at the tackle shop. Not perfect, but you’ll have a good idea of what the braid test is. There’s a very good chance they’re all 130# braid.

If you find a crusty F’n Gone knot to solid core braid cut it off and contemplate whether to keep the braid or not. At a minimum replace the topshot, but use a PR Bobbin knot or Loop-Loop for the connection.

If you’re not comfortable with the splice/serve, PR or installing loops just have the tackle shop install your new topshots. Strip the mono ahead of time though so you can report back here about what you found.

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Old 03-04-2019, 06:01 PM
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So I took the line off the three 50w this weekend and there was just mono on them no braid backer. Guess I don't have to wonder what pound test the backing is anymore. LOL. Just as well I put what I want on them anyway and never have to worry what some other guy did or didn't do.
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