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    I am pretty new to the crappie fishing world. I have a St Croix Avid ultralight rod that I would like to use braid with. If I use 10/2 braid should I then use a leader that fits into the line parameters for this rod. The rod is rated for 2-6 lb. Is there a danger with just fishing straight 10/2 braid with this rod. I imagine the rod could break before the line if I were to get into a big enough fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreveal View Post
    I am pretty new to the crappie fishing world. I have a St Croix Avid ultralight rod that I would like to use braid with. If I use 10/2 braid should I then use a leader that fits into the line parameters for this rod. The rod is rated for 2-6 lb. Is there a danger with just fishing straight 10/2 braid with this rod. I imagine the rod could break before the line if I were to get into a big enough fish.
    If your drag is set to slip in the 2-6# range, you should be OK. For comparison purposes, though, take a look at this thread:

    https://www.crappie.com/crappie/panf...line-bluegill/
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    Thank you sir, exactly what I needed to know

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    Yeah, if you're using braid you will want to lighten up on the drag AND lighten up on your hookset. You'll also want to get a pair of Fiskar Child Size Scissors to cut the braid with (~$2 at WallyWorld) .... because it cuts the braid "blunt" across the tag end, and that makes it much easier to poke it thru small jig/hook eyes. You would also want to get a piece of wood or wood dowel to have handy when snagged (& using straight braid, especially), to use to wrap the braid around and pull the bait free or break the line. You definitely don't want to wrap the braid around your hand/fingers, or even your rod handle, as the braid WILL CUT YOU and may even cut into the cork/foam of your rod handle if you use it to wrap around. (trust me on this, as I'm speaking from experience !! )
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrappiePappy View Post
    Yeah, if you're using braid you will want to lighten up on the drag AND lighten up on your hookset. You'll also want to get a pair of Fiskar Child Size Scissors to cut the braid with (~$2 at WallyWorld) .... because it cuts the braid "blunt" across the tag end, and that makes it much easier to poke it thru small jig/hook eyes. You would also want to get a piece of wood or wood dowel to have handy when snagged (& using straight braid, especially), to use to wrap the braid around and pull the bait free or break the line. You definitely don't want to wrap the braid around your hand/fingers, or even your rod handle, as the braid WILL CUT YOU and may even cut into the cork/foam of your rod handle if you use it to wrap around. (trust me on this, as I'm speaking from experience !! )
    This is awesome information! Thank you!

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    I'd recommend a 3' - 4' fluorocarbon leader matching the rods rating. The reason is that braid is inherently less abrasion resistant than mono filament type lines. The fluoro also reduces visibility to some extent, but it's abrasion resistance is much greater. JMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crestliner08 View Post
    I'd recommend a 3' - 4' fluorocarbon leader matching the rods rating. The reason is that braid is inherently less abrasion resistant than mono filament type lines. The fluoro also reduces visibility to some extent, but it's abrasion resistance is much greater. JMO.
    and the other thing that 4f does is give you a Marker at 4f...to help with reference to line out
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    Whats the recommended procedure for connecting the leader to the braid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by yobuck View Post
    Whats the recommended procedure for connecting the leader to the braid?
    The best I've used is the double uni knot, just be sure to really moisten the knots and line in between before snugging down. It hasn't failed me yet, jmo.

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    So, I finally got a chance to try out the braid/leader for crappie and it worked great! Used the double uni knot to connect the leader to the braid and off I went. Thanks again for all the help!

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