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Great lines: latest braids, monos, and more on the walleye scene.

BEING OF THE BABY BOOMER GENERATION, I'M OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE SEEN THE TRANSITION FROM OLD-FASHIONED BRAIDED FISHING LINE TO THAT MAGICAL NEW STUFF CALLED MONOFILAMENT, SINCE THEN, AN AMAZING NUMBER OF LINES HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED, GIVING ANGLERS K STAGGERING VARIETY OF CHOICES ON TACKLE STORE SHELVES. IRONICALLY, MANY OF THE HOTTEST NEW LINES ARE BRAIDS, CONFIRMING THE SAYING, "THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME." FOLLOWING IS A SELECTION OF NEW AND NOTEWORTHY LINES AVAILABLE FOR 2009 WITH WALLEYE FISHING APPLICATIONS

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AMERICAN FISHING WIRE

WildFire, a thermally bonded superbraid, is the newest offering from HI-SEAS, and combines the most desirable properties of Spectra braid with the easy handling of monofilament. Available in fluorescent yellow and green in 6- through 30-pound test, it sells for $14.99 per 125-yard filler spool, $29.99 per 300-yard filler spool, and $226.99 per 2,500-yard bulk spool, americanfishingwire.com

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ANDE

Like all Ande lines, the company's new Fresh Water Premium Monofilament offers excellent abrasion resistance. Plus, it's sensitive yet strong, and smooth for seamless casting. Available in 330-yard spools of 4- through 20-pound test. Retail: $7.49 andemonofilament.com

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BERKLEY

"New FireLine Tracer Braid has an alternating lo-vis/hi-vis pattern every 2 1/2 feet, making it very easy for your eye to track," says Pure Fishing spokesman Clay Norris. "Meaning that every time you see a hi-vis section, it marks approximately 5 feet of line out, making it easy to 'count out' line for trolling or bottom-bouncing." Radial construction makes this braid stack exceptionally well on baitcasting reels, a plus when trolling, as the line is less likely to "dig in" under load. FireLine Braid, also new, has the same radial construction, but without the tracer markings. Both lines are available in 15- to 80-pound test, at $17.95 to $19.95 for 110-yard spools, $37.95 to $41.95 for 300-yard spools, and $128.95 to 139.95 for 1,100-yard spools, berkley-fishing.com

CAJUN

Cajun Line's new Cajun Fluorocarbon is available in 4- through 20-pound test in 200-yard filler spools, selling for $17.99 to $24.99. "Of particular note is the 7-pound-test, a unique weight for finesse fishing," says Cajun frontman Gary Dollahon. "For walleyes, it works well for drop-shotting and light jigging." cajunline.com

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DAIWA

"Two new-for-2009 monofilament lines join our lineup, Megaforce Distance and Megaforce Tough," says Daiwa's Marc Malkin. "Both have walleye fishing applications. Megaforce Distance is the optimum casting line, while Megaforce Tough offers maximum strength and abrasion resistance." Both lines come in clear or smoke green colors. Megaforce Distance is available in 2- to 20-pound-test 330-yard fillers or 1,500-yard bulk spools. Megaforce Tough is offered in 2- to 130-pound test, and anglers can choose either 330-yard filler spools or 3,000-yard bulk spools. Filler spools of both lines range from $5.95 to $8.95. daiwa.com

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GAMMA TECHNOLOGIES

Gamma's new Edge 100% Fluorocarbon is strong and supple, with little memory. Plus, the company reports that its patented molecular alteration process boosts shock resistance. Available in 4- to 20-pound U.S. test ratings from $22.95 to $36.95 per 120-yard spool. High Performance Copolymer remains an excellent option for a variety of situations. Filler spools of 330 to 300 yards in walleye-friendly poundages of 4- to 12-pound-test run $8.95 to $11.95. gammafishing, com

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MAXIMA

"Our Maxima Chameleon is a great line for bottom-bouncing, but its one drawback is that it's difficult to see above water," says Maxima's Carmen Macdonald. "New Maxima Red Chameleon solves that problem, offering a monofilament line that can be visibly tracked while at the same time providing all the strength and abrasion resistance needed to handle the toughest trolling applications."

Treazure is Maxima's new multi-polymer line. Boasting 300 percent more abrasion resistance than standard lines, it's a good choice for livebait-rigging, drop-shotting, and light slipbobbering. Both lines are available in various sizes up to 40-pound test. One Shot filler spools are priced from $7.99 to $14.99 and bulk spools are also available. maxima-lines.com

P-LINE

P-Line has two new lines for 2009. Mist Green Floroclear is great for casting crankbaits; the small diameter and limpness lets lures reach maximum depths without sacrificing action. "We've found that people prefer high-visibility line for trolling, and we believe our new Hi Vis Fluorescent Green CX Premium meets that need," explains Don Newman, P-Line's VP of sales and marketing. "We recommend adding a 6-foot fluorocarbon leader between mainline and lure. The high-vis line allows the boat driver to manage lines better and it also helps when maneuvering the boat after a fish is hooked." Both lines come in various sizes up to 30-pound test; 300-yard filler spools sell for $7.99 to $11.99, and 3,000-yard bulk spools are available, p-line.com

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POWERPRO

With a diameter less than that of 1-pound mono (.005 inches), Innovative Textiles' latest creation provides the performance of superbraid when finessing light baits. PowerPro 5-pound Microfilament Line is perfect for 1/8- to 1/32-ounce jigs, small stickbaits, spoons, and other diminutive presentations. Its Enhanced Body Technology yields a rounder, more compact physical stature that resists burying in the spool. Other gains include improved knot performance, reduced friction in rod guides, and fewer inadvertent wraps around the rod tip. Available in Moss Green, Phantom Red, Hi-Vis Yellow, and White in 150-yard spools for $17.99, with bulk options available, powerpro.com

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SEAGUAR

AbrazX is the latest addition to the Seaguar fluorocarbon line. "Designed with unparalleled abrasion resistance, AbrazX is soft and extremely castable, making it an ideal mainline for spinning and baitcasting gear," says the company's Mike Taylor. "Ideal walleye applications include any technique requiring outstanding abrasion resistance around rocks, weeds, docks, and stumps." Retails range from $20.99 for a 200-yard spool of 4-pound test to $32.49 for 25-pound test, the full range also including 6-, 8-, 10-, 12-, 15-, and 20-pound-test options. seaguar.com

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SILVER THREAD

Silver Thread Fluorocarbon is not new this year, but new enough to warrant mention.

Available in 6-, 8-, 10-, 12-, 14-, 17-, and 20-pound test, it sells for $15.99 for a 200-yard spool. Sensitivity, low visibility, and abrasion resistance make this line well suited for most walleye fishing techniques, except possibly slipbobbering due to the line's high sink-rate, silverthread.com

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SPIDERWIRE

Spiderwire Ultracast 100% Fluorocarbon boasts the highest strength-per-diameter on the market, making it the thinnest fluorocarbon per rated pound test. This very low stretch, extremely castable line is invisible underwater with enhanced sensitivity for light bites, and performs well on spinning reels. Available in 4- to 15-pound test in 110-yard spools ($11.95/$12.95), and 4- to 25-pound test in 200-yard spools ($18.95 to $25.95).

Spiderwire Stealth Code Red is easily seen above water, and its new "Color Lock" technology ensures the color will not bleed onto your clothes, boat, or other equipment as other red braids can. Its new Stealth coating boosts casting distance 15 percent beyond some comparable lines. Available in 6- to 80-pound test in 125-yard spools ($13.95 to $19.95), 6- to 100-pound test in 300-yard spools ($29.95 to $48.95), and 6- to 100-pound test in bulk options.

Spiderwire Stealth Camo Braid features a unique camo pattern in a braided line. "It's great for situations where low line-visibility underwater is important," says Clay Norris. This line features the same Stealth coating technology as Code Red and is the same price, spiderwire.com

STREN

Thanks to its GlideCoat Technology, Sonic Braid is smooth, fast casting, and wear-resistant. Not stiff like some braids, it's perfect for anglers seeking a soft, flexible superline. "It's a great choice for trolling, bottom-bouncing, or livebait-rigging," says Norris. Available in 8- to 65-pound test in 125-yard spools ($14.95 to $19.95), 8- to 80-pound test in 300-yard spools ($31.95 to $39.95), and 8- to 80-pound test in 1,100-yard spools ($115.95 to $124.95). stren.com

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SUFIX

Look for two new lines for '09. "Deep Crankin' is ideal for pitching crankbaits, and our new Metered Performance Braid is a very good trolling line," says Sufix spokesman David James. The premium braid features five colors with a solid color change every 25 feet, the sequence repeating itself for eight full rounds on the 333-yard spool. It sells for $37.99 (40-pound test) to $46.99 (65-pound test) for a 330-yard spool. Deep Crankin' is available in clear and smoke green in 300-yard spools from 6- to 20-pound test, for $8.99 to $10.99. sufix.com

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TRIPLE FISH

Triple Fish Fluorocarbon is available in 200-yard filler spools and 600-yard bulk spools, selling for $5.95 to $29.95 depending upon line test (2- through 25-pound is available). "It's great for drop-shotting, livebait-rigging, vertical-jigging, casting crankbaits, and trolling," says Triple Fish's Dave Burkhardt. "This is a new formulation, ideal for spooling entire reels." triplefishlines.com

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YO-ZURI

Yo-Zuri H.D. Carbon Leader is a hot ticket for bridging the gap between mainline and bait. Available in a variety of applicable tests in clear and Disappearing Pink. It's extremely soft for fluoro, which makes for better knot tensile strength. Plus, it disappears in the water column fast, is abrasion resistant, and tests out at the rating for IGFA records, yo-zuri.com

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BY W. H. "CHIP" GROSS *

* W. H. "Chip" Gross (chipgross.com) is an outdoor writer, photographer, and walleye enthusiast who lives in Fredericktown, Ohio.
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