I was hoping someone could help me choose between buying a Star Aerial or Stellar Lite series rod. I am upgrading my girlfriend's setup and am partial to Star rods, but I've heard some people have had issues using braided lines with the Stellar Lites. Does anyone use either of these rods with braid? If so, could you share your experience?
I'm not sure what "having issues using braided line" looks like, except that someone put on 50lb braid bc it's the same diameter as a 12lb mono so now he thinks that means his rod can handle 25lbs of drag. Some guides don't get caught as much by poor casting with braid as others due to frame design, but they still work. IDK
BooBoo said: I also own a Seagis 10-20, and I love it. It is a fantastic rod.
Jack Hexter said: Thank you so much. I will buy a 7ft medium heavy rod, pair it with a Penn Spinfisher VI, and load it up with 15 lb PowerPro.
Yes, some do struggle with braid - but that's easily solved once you teach them how to handle the gear since the handling characteristics of braid are a bit different than mono...
Here's some of the tips (but not all...) I give to my anglers about braid...
When spooling up line on a spinner with braid - put a bit less line on it than you would with mono...
When you make a cast with braid - don't use the automatic, turn the handle to close the bail and start reeling routine -(particularly when making cast after cast the way you do when tossing lures....). Instead, simply close the bail manually - then pull the line tight before turning the handle... That alone, will cut way down on any line tangles with braid...
Braid is expensive and you don't want to automatically break off a tangle or knot in your line... Instead, remember that braid does not want to stay in a knot - never pull a tangle tight, instead, with a bit of patience many tangles with braid can be sorted out on the spot using the point of a hook... If you don't want to take the time - a spare spool, loaded with line and leader is a very quick solution - then you place the tangled spool aside until you get home where you can usually sort it out with two needles or pins... then rewind onto the spool and you're ready for the next time you need a spare spool on the water..
Hope this helps..
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Thank you so much for this. All of it is incredibly helpful. In particular, your note about using a hook to undo wind knots is a game-changer. I grew up fishing, have braid on all my personal rigs, and have dealt with enough wind knots to make me consider going back to mono or a good copolymer, but I never once thought about using a hook's tip to help get me out of trouble.
For me every wind knot is different. If you can catch it before it cinches down on itself, you usually just pull on the loops until you find one that loosens and undos the knot.
But like he said, pulling the line after manually flipping the bail will reduce wind knots greatly.
It is just from not paying attention to what you are doing. Easy to do when surface fishing or just casting and closing the bail after the line settles.