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Flouro 4lb vs 6lb and releasing fish. Choice?

Hi all, I am fishing smaller streams that you can cast across. Stocked streams. I release all the fish I catch. I'm using a medium to light 5 ft rod which I believe is an IM6 blank with a 1500 series sedona reel. Ever year I seem to hook into a beast at least once. Beast being a good 5lb 20 inch plus fish. I have landed said beast but after playing the fish for awhile and being very careful. I' m pretty sure what I have on now is 4lb, but I have to double check. Just like everyone, my main challenge are side stream tangles and logs I'm trying to steer the fish away from upon immediate hookup and during the fight.

Any thoughts on 4lb vs 6lb?
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Here's what I use. It's not Fluro, but it's 6# test with the diameter equivalent to most 4# test lines. I've been using it for several years and love it.

https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/stre...n+Fishing+Line
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Have you considered braid?
Some brands are actually thinner then their polymer counterparts and braid won't break in muscling a fish out of a brush piles....
I know some guys are adamantly against braid but you can't argue its tensile strength...
Just a thought....

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Here's what I use. It's not Fluro, but it's 6# test with the diameter equivalent to most 4# test lines. I've been using it for several years and love it.

https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/stre...n+Fishing+Line

Hey bjb,
That looks to be some good stuff....
I wonder how it would work for leader material on Salmon and Steelhead fishing....

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Hi all, I am fishing smaller streams that you can cast across. Stocked streams. I release all the fish I catch. I'm using a medium to light 5 ft rod which I believe is an IM6 blank with a 1500 series sedona reel. Ever year I seem to hook into a beast at least once. Beast being a good 5lb 20 inch plus fish. I have landed said beast but after playing the fish for awhile and being very careful. I' m pretty sure what I have on now is 4lb, but I have to double check. Just like everyone, my main challenge are side stream tangles and logs I'm trying to steer the fish away from upon immediate hookup and during the fight.

Any thoughts on 4lb vs 6lb?
I use 6 lb. Magnathin as well. I don’t think there’s any need to use braid on stream trout.
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I use 4 pound copolymer. I think that's all I need on streams you describe.
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Is 6lb the better choice if I don't want to play the fish to death? That is a concern along with getting the fish steered well without hearing the 'snap'
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I use 4 pound copolymer. I think that's all I need on streams you describe.

What he said....just set the drag, When the stream temps warm, playing a trout too long will shorten the survival rate. Just use your head. CleoW
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I used 6lb magnathin the last 2 years, but I just spooled both trout reels with 4lb Stren original. I have been using it for years and feel its more consistent. I love Stren and I think both are a great choice!
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I use 6lb flouro, Ive went through a million types of line but that had definitely been the all around best for me. Most of my streams are 10-20 feet wide and lots of obstruction.

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