How to Fish With PowerPro Braided Line

How to Fish With PowerPro Braided Line
Power Pro braided fishing line is manufactured by Shimano, a well-known and respected name in the world of game fishing. Power Pro line is braided using synthetic Spectra fibers. That is the technical side. The practical side is a very round, extremely tough, durable and sensitive fishing line. Power Pro line may be fished in much the same way as traditional monofilament; however, there are some differences that will require a different approach by anglers.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Power Pro braided fishing line
  • Sharp scissors
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Matched rod and reel
  • Hooks
  • Lures including soft plastics, jigs, cranks and spinner baits
Step 1
Place monofilament line onto your fishing reel as a backing before installing the Power Pro braid line. Attach the monofilament line to the reel spool with an Arbor knot. Wind enough monofilament onto the reel to cover the face of the reel. Monofilament is used as a backing as the Power Pro is very slick and does not attach to a spool easily.
Step 2
Attach the tag, or free, end of the Power Pro to the monofilament with a Surgeon's knot. Pull the knot down tightly and trim excess from the knot with sharp scissors. Wind the Power Pro onto the reel following the manufacturers recommendations. A rule of thumb is to wind enough line onto the spool until it is about three-quarters full.
Step 3
Tie lures or hooks to the end of your Power Pro line with a Palomar knot. The primary reason for using the Palomar is the slick nature of the line. The Palomar requires the line to be passed through the eye of the lure or hook two times. This dramatically increases the holding power of the knot.
Step 4
Set the drag on your spinning or bait casting reel lower, or more loosely, than with mono filament line. Keep in mind that Power Pro is low to zero stretch. This means that there is no give in the line, particularly during hook sets. Reducing the drag on the reel will help prevent oversetting or pulling the hook from the mouth of the fish during hook sets.
Step 5
Fish lures such as soft plastics, jigs, crank baits and spinner baits just as you would with a mono filament line. The big difference is the strength and abrasion resistance with Power Pro. Unlike monofilament lines, Power Pro can wrestle big fish from structure such as tangled tree limbs or sharp rock without failing.

Tips & Warnings

 
Refer to Animated Knots by Grog (References) for detailed information on how to tie the Arbor, Surgeon's and Palomar knots referred to in the steps.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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