Would it be OK to use 10Lb fluorocarbon for deep cranking? I get nervous with anything under 12Lbs rating. What I’d like is to use Norman’s Deep N’s, Fat Free shads, and 6Xd’s. I have a MH graphite rod that has got quite a bit of flex I could use. I was going to use a Citica D (6.2:1) for a reel. I know this is not the ideal setup, but I can’t justify a new outfit right now. I’ve got a Skeet Reese 7’ S-Glass, but I think the deep diving cranks will overload it.
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Sure. You could probably get away with 12-14 assuming the diameter is .32-.34 mm (8lb nylon standard). Casting distance may be your biggest hurdle. I love fluro but I keep away from any presentation that requires distance. The stuff has too much memory. Have you checked out XL armor coated? That stuff is supposed to cast like a dream yet have a flouro like diameter to break strength ratio. It’s not very sensitive stuff but you’re cranking with a high mod graphite rod right? The sensitivity of your rod might make up for the poor sensitivity of the line while the elasticity of the line should help keep fish pined on that high mod rod. It’s cheap and worth a shot if you want to switch away from fluro. I’ve heard good things about sensi-thin as a deep cranking line too.
I like braid myself, but wouldn’t recommend it on a graphite rod unless the rod has a glass tip or is low mod graphite.