I use Power Pro 40# for the mainline and my leader is only about 4 ft. of 40 lb mono. Release clips directly to braid and stays on most of the time (you might have to put it all the way to the black line). A lot less resistence when trolling deep and hook ups are more solid as there is very little stretch. I like the feel of the direct connection to the fish. Certainly for hali, the braid is great because you can easily feel the bottom composition and any nibble.
That is exactly what I did some years ago. I would fill the reels to capacity and then strip off about 40 or 50 feet before each trip or if I noticed any nicks in the line. Doing this I could get two seasons out of the line without any problem.
Originally Posted by AlK
The only problem I had was guests who would lock down on the reel handles and break off a fish at the flasher because he refused to let the fish run. Since going from a 9' Shimano Downrigger rod to a 10.5' "Mooching rod", that problem went away.
I also use 60# Triplefish for hoochies and 40# Maxima for Anchovy rigs.
For those that are new to salmon fishing, they get to use a level wind on which I have preset the drag and I tell them do not adjust anything - just turn the handle. Works on my boat.
Originally Posted by Sushihunter