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Old 07-16-08, 06:07 PM   #1
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I purchased some cheap triline about a month or two ago. I've been fishing roughly once a week, since then and I've been dissapointed in how much the line has been fraying. Today, I finally got sick of it, threw the line in the trash and headed to Gander Mountain. I wasn't planning on getting anything chinsy this time, so I spent fifteen bucks on some Berkley Vanish Transition, eight pound test.

Then and only then did I take the time to actually read some reviews on BVT, and from what I've read this stuff has extreme problems with breaking --> and not just at the knot. Gander Mountain put the line on my reel for me, so I can't exactly take this stuff back and exchange it for fireline or anything. Is this BVT as bad as people say it is and if it is do you have any idea in how I can make the best out of a bad situation?

Any recommendations on what brand of fishing line I ought to purchase? Primarily, I am bass fishing and slashing x-raps or spinnerbaits, every now and then I tear into some huge pike or catfish. In a few weeks though, we're going up north on vacation and I'll be doing some jigging for walleye.
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Old 07-16-08, 06:09 PM   #2
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For a mainline, horrible. Leader, works fine.

Try some Stren Original or Magnathin if you're looking for some decent line.

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Old 07-16-08, 08:46 PM   #3
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I've read good things about Sufix . . . is there a big difference between siege and elite? Which type of sufix do you guys prefer?
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Old 07-16-08, 09:37 PM   #4
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i mainly use power pro braid in 30lb and fireline in a 20lb and for mono i use 12lb trilene big game .
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Old 07-16-08, 10:06 PM   #5
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Cajun Line

yet again..another NUFF SAID moment
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Old 07-17-08, 07:57 AM   #6
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Here's the thing, Trilene, like you said, is crap. I cannot speak for the fluoro, but the mono is. Also, Vanish is not designed for the reapeated casts and brutal hooksets of bass fishing. Here's what I'd use in you're sit-chee-a-shun.

For the stufff you're useing for bass, I'd go with mono or a copolymer of some kind. Stren or Suffix mono all the way. As for which suffix mono: Elite will be like the standard mono, while seige will be stiffer, but more abraision resistant. As for a copolymer, try P-line Fluoroclear. I recently tried some Stren Super Knot in 8lb test and love it. I've read it has problems with breaking, but I haven't experienced any. You could also go with a super line like Fireline or a Braided line. Power Pro or Suffix braid. I'd stay away from fluoro cause it is a pain, unless it's a leader.

As for going on vacation and jigging for 'eyes, the Vanish should work as that is what it was designed for.

Hope this helped.

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Old 07-17-08, 10:15 AM   #7
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Break out the Cajun Line itz all i use.
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Old 07-17-08, 12:10 PM   #8
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What Trilene you purchased ? Iīve been fishing with Trilene XL, XT and big Game for over two decades and I can hardly say itīs crap. Itīs a matter of choosing which one is best for fishing the various type of cover and bottom composition I found around here.

XL is very limp, soft, low memory and handles great problem is that it has very low abrassion resistance so itīs not good for fishing on chunk rock or in/around woody cover.

XT is exactly the opposite of XL

Big Game is in between the properties of both leaning towards the heavier duty side of XT.

Iīve fished with Magnathin, if one of the complains about XL is the low abrassion resistance in Magnathin the problem is twice as much, it suffers wear in an eyeblink.
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Old 07-17-08, 12:32 PM   #9
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I've got to go with Raul on this one. I know how many of you feel about Trilene, but I have always used XL smooth and had very few, if any problems, I could blame on the line. For what I'm fishing, it works very well.
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Old 07-17-08, 01:23 PM   #10
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What Trilene you purchased ? Iīve been fishing with Trilene XL, XT and big Game for over two decades and I can hardly say itīs crap. Itīs a matter of choosing which one is best for fishing the various type of cover and bottom composition I found around here.

XL is very limp, soft, low memory and handles great problem is that it has very low abrassion resistance so itīs not good for fishing on chunk rock or in/around woody cover.

XT is exactly the opposite of XL

Big Game is in between the properties of both leaning towards the heavier duty side of XT.

Iīve fished with Magnathin, if one of the complains about XL is the low abrassion resistance in Magnathin the problem is twice as much, it suffers wear in an eyeblink.
I'm with Raul here. I've used Trilene since I was five or six and haven't any complaints that other monos don't normally experience.

I will say Stren Magnathin is a good line, but, its abraision resisitance is close to none.

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Old 07-17-08, 01:32 PM   #11
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i'll say it again for all my mono needs trilene big game it has got me through hang ups weeds and just about everything else i've thrown it in no complaints about it .
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Old 07-17-08, 01:50 PM   #12
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Cajun line... best stuff on earth. Only the finest.
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Old 07-17-08, 09:50 PM   #13
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I only fish original stren 6 or 8 test.
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Old 07-17-08, 09:58 PM   #14
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I love Berkley's lines, Trilene Big Game, XT, XL, MAXX, and Sensation are all great lines and each one has it's place. But for me i like Big Game or XT for casting rigs, and XL or sensation for spinning.

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Old 07-17-08, 10:11 PM   #15
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I've gotten multiple spools of Trilene XL from NAFC in 6lb (just got it today) up to 12lb. Clear and green line both. Have'nt tried the 6 yet, but the others had more memory and were stiffer than Original Stren. Never used XT, but I wouldn't even try it after my experience with the "XL"

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Old 07-18-08, 11:42 AM   #16
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How often do you use it though? The more often you use fishing line, the limper it becomes.

Most of my lines are used around 2-3 times a week and the only one I have a problem with is my 8-lb. Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon, but that's because I haven't used it in about two weeks. After I break it in during a day of fishing, she's good to go.

Also, as bad as memory looks, it doesn't effect our lines much at all.

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Old 07-18-08, 11:49 AM   #17
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I've fished Trilene for 20 years with no problems at all, added braid to some of the rods a few years ago.
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Old 07-19-08, 09:02 PM   #18
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i've tried millions of different lines.i'm done wasting money.it's nothing but CAJUN RED CAST for me.
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Try some Yo Zuri Ultra Soft. 6 lb. for spinning gear. 12 for baitcasters. Best Fluoro on the market. Great abrasion resistance. Fantastic feel. I use it for all my leader if I need to use any.

I have become a braid advocate personally.
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Old 07-19-08, 10:03 PM   #20
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P-line floro-clear best line for the pice way better than any i have used
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Old 07-20-08, 12:12 AM   #21
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I second the p-line floro-clear. good stuff
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i've tried millions of different lines.i'm done wasting money.it's nothing but CAJUN RED CAST for me.
been waiting for you to pop in with that. where you been?
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Old 07-20-08, 02:25 PM   #23
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I would give trilene a second chance. I use trilene on all of my reels, and if its not trilene its vanish. If you are fishing once a week for a month or so you have to change your line. Line takes alot of abuse even if your not catching fish. UV rays, hundreds of casts, improper storage, rubbing against structure and so on. Even with expensive mono or flouro lines, extensive use will weaken them only after a few trips. The people are Berkley know what they are doing and they wouldn't make a product they don't stand behind. To me berkley is the best fishing company there is.
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Old 07-20-08, 03:46 PM   #24
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*yawn*
quite playin with light line start at 12 pound test and more heavier..

imo trilene sucks PERIOD..when i spool up mono line it is either ande or cajun red. anything else is crap..

a 1/2 pound spool of ande premium mono sells for $17 at bps. there is 2000 yards of 12 pound test on that spool.. i burn thru 2 whole spools a year.

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Old 07-20-08, 11:22 PM   #25
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Wow...inexpensive but good quality line. Methinks a trip to BPS is in order...
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