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Post  daveb on Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:54 pm

I will generally make up new traces every season but I will always have a few left over that are perfectly servicable.
It's very hard to kink carbo flex wire due to the coating but yes, it does eventually kink.

Either way, I would never use a trace that was in poor condition, I always check them carefully before re-using them.

Trust me, pike aren't the slightest bit concerned about the thiscker wire, my catch rate hasn't changed a bit since using it and I have full confidence in it. Once you've tried it you won't go back... Very Happy
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Post  Guest on Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:00 pm

I wont be trying it so no worries there mate, like I said if your happy with it, fair play.

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Post  tootall on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:41 am

daveb wrote:
It's very hard to kink carbo flex wire due to the coating but yes, it does eventually kink.

Trust me, pike aren't the slightest bit concerned about the thiscker wire, my catch rate hasn't changed a bit since using it and I have full confidence in it. Once you've tried it you won't go back... Very Happy

I have to say i totally agree about the carbo flex mate - i love it and the pike definately don't see to mind it even if it is a tad thicker...
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Post  daveb on Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:32 pm

I wont be trying it so no worries there mate, like I said if your happy with it, fair play.

Nice to see that you're so open minded about it...! Neutral
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Post  Guest on Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:44 pm

I'm open minded alright, its just that I see no advantages of using carboflex over what I use, My confidence is with what I use.

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Post  daveb on Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:48 pm

Hey, fair-do's mate, if you're happy with what you use why change it - my point was that you can't really make constructive comments on gear that you have never tried or are never willing to try.

I'm similar to you though mate, if I'm happy with something then I'll stick to it - I wasn't happy with the way my 7-strand traces kept kinking so I tried the carbo-flex which was a revalation. To be honest, I was just as sceptical as you at first regarding the thicker diameter but it seems fairly conclusive to me that pike aren't in the slightest bit bothered by the thicker wire.
It's also worth noting that the carbo-flex has a matt finish so will be less reflective than regular wire as well Smile

Tight lines

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Post  Guest on Wed Sep 01, 2010 5:51 pm

daveb wrote:Hey, fair-do's mate, if you're happy with what you use why change it - my point was that you can't really make constructive comments on gear that you have never tried or are never willing to try.
I'm similar to you though mate, if I'm happy with something then I'll stick to it - I wasn't happy with the way my 7-strand traces kept kinking so I tried the carbo-flex which was a revalation. To be honest, I was just as sceptical as you at first regarding the thicker diameter but it seems fairly conclusive to me that pike aren't in the slightest bit bothered by the thicker wire.
It's also worth noting that the carbo-flex has a matt finish so will be less reflective than regular wire as well Smile

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I didn't I just questioned if your traces really lasted 2-3 years.

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Post  daveb on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:04 pm

Apologies if I missunderstood mate, I got the impression that you had formed a negative opinion of carbo-flex without actually having tried it.

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Post  daveb on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:05 pm

Can't believe I'm arguing over a brand of trace wire... Rolling Eyes
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Post  Guest on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:06 pm

daveb wrote:Apologies if I missunderstood mate, I got the impression that you had formed a negative opinion of carbo-flex without actually having tried it.

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No, I just said that it was a bit thick and blatent for my liking, I'm not arguing?

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Post  daveb on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:09 pm

Ok, sorry Embarassed

Incidentaly, I just worked out that to make a trace identical to the ones Fox sell at a price of £3.50 actually costs £1.75 - exactly half the price Very Happy
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Post  adie1200 on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:11 pm

You two seem to have got off on the wrong foot lol! lol! lol! lol!

Shake hands and start over again lads Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

i myself use carboflex and cant fault it

Wink Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  Guest on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:20 pm

Theres no need to start over again, every thing is fine, Dave mis-understood what I was saying and I put him right, whats the problem?

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Post  adie1200 on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:26 pm

Theres no problem Andy as long as things dont get out of hand Wink
And you both seem to have sorted it now anyway Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  daveb on Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:49 pm

Theres no need to start over again, every thing is fine, Dave mis-understood what I was saying and I put him right, whats the problem?

Andy's right, there's no problem - he's totally entitled to my opinion Wink
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Post  paddy pike on Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:06 pm

daveb wrote:
Theres no need to start over again, every thing is fine, Dave mis-understood what I was saying and I put him right, whats the problem?

Andy's right, there's no problem - he's totally entitled to my opinion Wink

Sounds like you have shares in Carboflex daveb Basketball , I have never tried it but anything that improves my fishing cheers , And is more Pike friendly has got to be worth investing in affraid ,
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Post  daveb on Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:54 pm

Sounds like you have shares in Carboflex daveb

Not at all Very Happy just really rate the stuff...
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Post  robh107 on Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:48 pm

it may be just me but since switching to 30lb a couple of seasons ago instead of the 20lb i have always used in the past (for deadbaiting) i have found that i get alot more missed/dropped runs (while using 20lb i hooked and landed the fish 9 times out of 10 as opposed to about 6 out of 10 runs turned into fish banked while using 30lb).
like i said guys it may be just my bad luck but thats what i've discovered.
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Post  greg on Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:00 pm

just bought a spool of drennan soft strand. thin and very flexable. anyone tryed it ?.
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Post  tootall on Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:03 am

i am gonna give the savage gear stuff a go on one rod this season as if its as good as their other products it could turn out to be a winner.
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Post  robh107 on Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:38 pm

greg wrote:just bought a spool of drennan soft strand. thin and very flexable. anyone tryed it ?.

i have a spool of it in my bag mate... every time i tried tying a trace with it the trace ended up weak as hell.... try crimping it and it may be ok though
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Post  greg on Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:58 pm

robh107 wrote:
greg wrote:just bought a spool of drennan soft strand. thin and very flexable. anyone tryed it ?.

i have a spool of it in my bag mate... every time i tried tying a trace with it the trace ended up weak as hell.... try crimping it and it may be ok though

it says soft enough to knot on the packet to, i'll give it a try over the weekend rob.
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Post  noodle on Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:18 pm

its ok when cripmed i could never get it to knot

any reason you want a supple wire

if so then this is still one of the best

http://calibertackle.blogspot.com/

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Post  noodle on Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:23 pm

greg wrote:just bought a spool of drennan soft strand. thin and very flexable. anyone tryed it ?.

post above i should have pointed out the drennan is 19 strand ( i was once adamant it was 49 but it wasnt id counted the wrong wire Embarassed )

the caliber is 49 strand and is more supple as well as being more robust than the drennan. mind you to be honest that could be as id tend to buy heavier in caliber as it was available in 40 lb where the drennan topped out around 30lb

i use now 50 lb seven strand last couple of spools of the old twisted drennan seven strand, fox carbo flex in 40lb
the caliber in 40 and esox in 28


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Post  greg on Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:25 pm

well its for the wife Embarassed . she's doin well with trout just now, but lost a few lures to pike.
she catches more without a trace. its just to keep the action in the lure.
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