LowRange wrote:I'd recommend 4-6 XL to get the spool dialed in. It's cheap, easy handling line.
I finally got out to try your advice. Spooled up with some 4lb XT and hit the ponds. Reel is a PX68 w/ DIY spool and BFS Air Bearings, rod a Teton UL. With the spool tension set to a slow drop and the brake at 50% I could cast a 1/8oz inline spinner as far as my UL spinning combo and with the breaks backed off a little more I can throw it about a quarter again as far. One hand casting is effortless and smooth and was easy to get good accuracy. I was able to flick the lure through tiny gaps in the brush and trees along the bank. It is amazing the difference switching to mono from floro made. Thanks so much for the advice!
Now, for the bad part. My first backlash broke the line before I even tried to pick it out. Like when I looked at the spool I could see the two broken ends of line in the snarl. With the spool so shallow, this killed about a third of my line. I got myself sorted out and kept fishing. Then the same thing happened again, a backlash right at the end of my cast, but with the lure still in the air, and again the line broken in the snarl. Left with a single casting distance left, I had to really put my thumb to work and finished out the day with maybe 50-60' of line left on the spool. I ordered a 330y spool of 6lb XL to see if that will give me a little more strength but keep the distance and ease of casting. My only other issue with the mono is lure depth. I got used to sinking floro and need to rework my retrieve speeds to hit the various depths I want to keep my spinners at, but that should just be a matter of practice and observation.
In anycase, I know the combo can do what I want it to do, I just need to get my skill level up. I got a single trout and a handfull of small panfish and the rod was a hoot to land them with.