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Line Size Question


Bill Babler

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I been using a little BP Excel mono on my trout stuff lately and I'm super confused about line size.  I have to say I'm a total idiot here but could someone please explain to me the difference in say Maxima that is .008mm in size and when you try to find about any size of Excel it is a totally different number as far as line wt class.  For instance Maxima for 6 lb. is .009mm  Excel for 6 lb. is said to be .23 diameter.  I don't understand the conversion.

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Thanks:wacko:   The difference in price is unreal.  I really like the 5# maxi and it is .008 but very hard to find in ultragreen and about $95 for a bulk spool.  The 6 lb. Excel is $26 for 3,300 yrds.

However if I put a 5 lb. weight on the 6lb. test Excel and try and lift it the line will break.  The 5 lb. Maxi lifts it right up.  Both will spool wonderfully with no twist or memory so there you have it.

Why with very similar diameter is 5lb. maxi stronger than 6lb. Excel.  Head scratcher.

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I always wonder about the pound test rating on line weights.  No standards bureau to test it out, so we have to trust what it says on the spool, unless you do the weight test like you did.  

I like Maxima, it is what I used for salmon and steelhead fishing on my spinning outfits.  Still use it for cranks and top water.  

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The Excel isn't bad mono at all. We've got 6# and 14# fluorescent blue spooled now on our night sticks. Champ turned me on to it a few years ago.

I'd say 6# Excel handles like 8#. Nothing measurable, just how it feels.

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