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    Bought some at Walmart today, expected it to be decent after reading online reviews. That's not the case at all.

    The stuff will break if you look at it wrong. Don't have to strain at all to snap it with your hands. It practically unfurled itself into the trash can from all the memory.

    The line looked nice and glossy, don't think I got an old spool.

    Been using Crappie Maxx from BPS and it's at least twice as strong, although slightly larger in diameter (.17 vs .2mm in 4lb). It does have some memory but it's far from unmanageable. Dirt cheap too, 6 bucks for 3190 yards.

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    I tried it to no strength not bad on casting and memory but breaks easy.got my at Cabela’s


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    This thread is a prime example of something I said a long time ago: no matter what your favorite line is, somebody else hates it.

    I've been using the 2# Stren Crappie for over a year and love it. I've easily landed 4# catfish with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atimm693 View Post
    The stuff will break if you look at it wrong. Don't have to strain at all to snap it with your hands.
    But you're not fishing with your hands.

    You've got a flexible rod and a reel with a drag. With that, you can land almost any freshwater fish with almost any 4# line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deathb4disco View Post
    But you're not fishing with your hands.

    You've got a flexible rod and a reel with a drag. With that, you can land almost any freshwater fish with almost any 4# line.
    It takes a medium grunt to break 4# Crappie Maxx with my hands. If I get hung by the hook point, I can usually pull the hook straight before it will snap. The Stren would break for sure.

    Different strokes I guess, but I was sure not impressed, especially for the price, 6 bucks for 200 yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atimm693 View Post
    It takes a medium grunt to break 4# Crappie Maxx with my hands. If I get hung by the hook point, I can usually pull the hook straight before it will snap. The Stren would break for sure.
    You're comparing apples to oranges. As you said yourself, the Crappie Maxx is thicker (and therefore stronger). A .20 mm line is a 6# line, regardless of what the label says. A .17 mm line is a true 4# line. All else being equal, a thinner line will always break before a thicker one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deathb4disco View Post
    You're comparing apples to oranges. As you said yourself, the Crappie Maxx is thicker (and therefore stronger). A .20 mm line is a 6# line, regardless of what the label says. A .17 mm line is a true 4# line. All else being equal, a thinner line will always break before a thicker one.
    Trilene, BPS, Mr. Crappie, Crappie Maxx, and Vicious are all .007-.008 or .2mm in 4lb.

    I expect line that's marketed as 4lb test to be at least comparable to other 4lb lines on the market. The Stren clearly falls short on that front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atimm693 View Post
    Trilene, BPS, Mr. Crappie, Crappie Maxx, and Vicious are all .007-.008 or .2mm in 4lb.
    ... and I'd be willing to bet they all break at around 6#. There are very few "true" 4# lines sold in the US.

    And it's not just the 4#. Most lines will test 2-3# stronger than what the label says.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deathb4disco View Post
    ... and I'd be willing to bet they all break at around 6#. There are very few "true" 4# lines sold in the US.

    And it's not just the 4#. Most lines will test 2-3# stronger than what the label says.
    My point being, Stren is marketed as a 4lb, it should be expected to have similar breaking strength as the competition, since apparently the industry standard is to make line that is a little stronger than the test rating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atimm693 View Post
    My point being, Stren is marketed as a 4lb, it should be expected to have similar breaking strength as the competition, since apparently the industry standard is to make line that is a little stronger than the test rating.
    I agree that there are very few lines with the correct breaking strain printed on the box. I think the most accurate way to compare lines is by the diameter. Anything measured by thousandths of an inch or hundredths of a millimeter will be more accurate than 4#, 6#, etc.
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