Pole rig main line

Dave

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0.19 and 0.17 Preston Revo Powerline does me

If I need to fine down I use a lower diameter hooklength
 

SpenBeck

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I use just ordinary line for the rigs (Bayer Perlon) with just hi-tech for the hook lengths (Silstar Match Team). Bare in mind, I can be fishing rivers, canals and lakes with the pole.
 

Paul Cresswell

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0.165mm Matrix Power Micron except big fish (mainly margin) rigs where set up on 0.20mm. Without wishing to start the accuracy debate again if you’re using 0.15 and 0.19 reflo it’s likely your using similar diameters to me.
 

Dicky Bird

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Many thanks everyone for the reponses - it's been helpful. I'm comforted to know that a lot of folk use line around the 0.19 mark for their rigs so I'm going to stick with what I've been using. As has been said, if you have confidence in something and it's working, why change? Off to the garage now for some rig tying.
 

richox12

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I would think the diameters to be more likely accurate than the breaking strains. Many BS seem way, way out. Just not possible.

Either way, a guide is a guide so match BS to BS or diameter to diameter.
 

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used to use 0.18 (6.6lb) silstar for rigs and 0.14 (4.4lb) for hook lengths, rarely got snapped off unless it was by the bigger fish but have swapped over to steelon konger cristal clear in 0.16 (9lb) for rigs and 0.14 (7lb) for hook lengths, only used for a short time last summer but i found it reliable and strong
 

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I feel under gunned looking at the others here! I fish a lot of matches where its all "small" carp to 5lb and don't really go over 0.15, and 0.13 for silvers. I pretty much standardised my floats types last year (in differing capacities) to the few I can get to work and tied em all to 0.15

I have a selection of margin rigs on 0.17 and a few nutter rigs on 0.21 for the snags and that's it really.

All on Preston Reflo Power and I'm comfortable that losses are operator error more that a fault with the kit. Going through a similar process with hooks now.......
 

Keith Sparky

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I have a good stock of the old Garbo Rig Line which I have used for all my pole rigs and pole hook-lengths for many years. Its pretty accurate diameter wise and quite supple and knots well. Using the same brand of line I think is more important than the actual brand as you get to know how each diameter behaves. For my Silvers I use 0.125 rig line to .08/.09/10 hook-lengths. For F1/Skimmers/Bream its 0.14 rig line to .11/12/13 hook-lengths. For normal open water Carping its 0.18 rig line to 14/15/16 hook-lengths and for Margin Carp I use 0.20 rig line to 16/18 hook-lengths. My advice would be unless you are having problems to stick with the brand you know. Reflo Power is up to 0.02 understated I think. That's why its strong for its diameter as the .13 reflo for example is like my .14 garbo.
 

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Yeah it is <2lb in old money but it is something to consider, say for shallow fishing for roach and rudd ?

I used it on the stick for hooklength line, think it was 2lb or so breaking strain. Seemed decent and strong but I got tangled a hell of a lot, probably down to user error
 

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I'm going to make most of my summer rigs on 0.17 N Gauge, with a few on 0.19 for margins. My winter rigs will be on 0.15 and 0.13 for now.
 

gingert76

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lol the way its going im not sure we will be summer fishing!!!!!
 

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0.17 mainline for all my summer commercial rigs except margin rigs which are to 0.19.

0.15 mainline for all my silvers rigs.

Hooklengths usually 0.15 for carp rigs or 0.17 for margin rigs ?

Edit - forgot to say brand is Guru N Gauge

Same as Dusty. (y)
 

Me and my lad

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I use Asso flourocarbon. I find it stiffer, good to knot and a confidence thing.
 

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I’m with @Neil ofthe nene for simplicity on this. I tie up rigs to 0.20 and 0.16 for carp and big silvers and I have some silvers rigs tied to 0.14 for depth of winter. I use Stroft GTM, have used for for a few years now and have 100% confidence in it. I have tied some silvers rigs on 0.12 after a really cold, hard spell, but its not usually necessary.
 

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For anyone who uses lighter line, Bobco are doing Daiwa TDR 0.08 (1.6lb) line for 97p.
Never tried it myself but some might like it or, if you haven't tried it, might be worth a punt for the price.

 
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