Iron Silk Breaks

Discussion in 'Fishing Line Review' started by roofermike, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. roofermike

    roofermike New Member

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    Anyone else have problems with Iron Silk? I have had problems with my 40 lb ironsilk breaking off at my knots with little pressure applied. I was wondering if anyone has any advice?
     
  2. Pferox69

    Pferox69 New Member

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    Mike,
    Ironsilk is real sensitive to kinks and heat, you have to wet the line alot and tighten the knot slowly, just like you would work Flourocarbon leaders.

    When I used Ironsilk, I used either a Trilene knot or a palomar knot, they seemed to damage the line the least.

    Hope this helps a little.
     

  3. Desperado

    Desperado Active Member

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    Sounds like you have to baby the line. Better off puting on a better line. ;)
     
  4. Pferox69

    Pferox69 New Member

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    Desperado,

    It's not my favorite line, but it is tough after you get past the knot.

    It seems that many of the newer copolymer and flurocarbons are touchy about how you tie the knots.

    I prefer some braids and Big Game, just not as touchy.
     
  5. Desperado

    Desperado Active Member

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    I use Power pro and big game line myself and love the stuff.
     
  6. Pferox69

    Pferox69 New Member

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    Yea me too.

    I also use Gorilla line, and Cabella's Ripcord Si plus.

    I realy like that tracer in Ripcord, strong stuff, and thin.
     
  7. roofermike

    roofermike New Member

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    I was using the polymer knot. I guess I have to be real gentle. like you were saying, should I get some oil or grease or something?

    I mean this isn't "cheap" line. I paid a pretty penny for it. I like the way it spools on my bait caster and everything else.
     
  8. Abu

    Abu New Member

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    I haven't had any trouble with the 50lb. IronSilk as shock leaders, it does have alot of stretch and works great as a shock leader. I have that nasty habit of always sticking the line in my mouth to get it wet before tigtening the Palomar knot down. Abu
     
  9. roofermike

    roofermike New Member

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    I tried that ABU. Wet the heck outta it with saliva. still broke. Heck I even pulled out 20 or so feet and cut it off. It seems like great line, maybe it was to hot at the time I dunno.
     
  10. Pferox69

    Pferox69 New Member

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    You might have a bad spool of that stuff Mike.

    I tried 17lb, and liked it alot, on bait casters, but wasn't too thrilled with it on spinners, which I mostly use.

    I really didn't have much trouble with it after I started wettin the line, dunno.

    It is pretty tuff stuff, but in the beginning I did have knot problems, after I figured that out, it worked great.

    For baitcasters, I just prefer Big Game or Cajun.

    For spinners, I only use braids.
     
  11. Nate

    Nate New Member

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    If I was you I would call or write the company and tell them the problem. I think you got a bad spool of line. They may send you a new spool. Or if you still have a significant amount of line left on the spool, take it back to the store you bought it from, they would probably exchange it for an identical spool.... just hope it's not from the same batch.
     
  12. roofermike

    roofermike New Member

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    Thanks for the advice brothers, I will give them an email and see what happens.
     
  13. Abu

    Abu New Member

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    Mike, I will have to agree with the others, I think you got a bad spool of line. A couple years ago I got a bad spool of Big Game line and wouldn't touch the stuff again. I read so much here on BOC about how good the Berkley Big Game line was and tried another spool, they were right, the Big Game line is tough stuff, casts well and I really like it after a second try. Abu
     
  14. CatfishWEIRDO

    CatfishWEIRDO New Member

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    Iron silk gets real brittle after being exposed to the sun and or heat found that out first hand after leaving leaving my rod in the back of the pickup on a hot july day. Havent used it since
     
  15. Abu

    Abu New Member

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    Thank you for the tip. That is probably the reason I like it so well and never had any trouble with it. I have a baitcaster spooled full of Ironsilk and use Ironsilk for shock leaders on almost all my rigs but it is rarely exposed to sunlight or heat. Mostly nightfish and bring my rod and reels inside the house when I get home. I will keep in mind not to leave the Ironsilk in the sun.
    Abu
     
  16. Cattoo

    Cattoo New Member

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    i started using this stuff when it first hit the shelf. i loved the way it casted and the lack of stretch. but it does break at the knots. i tried every different knot i could think of with no results. i tried cutting off a few feet, didnt work either. i have a couple fishing buddies that treid it also in different # tests and had the same results. one even bought his in indiana so it just wasnt a bad batch. if you want my advice, give up on the stuff.