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Floro, mono, or braid. How do the TN sticks do it?

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I am moving to Farragut, TN in Jan/Feb 2021 and just thinking about the water clarity up there. What type of line do you use and why? When flipping or running heavy grass, I use braid. For any jerkbait I use floro, and for worms and such I typically use mono.

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The water is not terribly clear in Farragut . Loudon is typically a greenish/brown in summer and fairly murky in winter. You also will find almost no grass in Farragut, although there’s some way up river and back in a few coves. People use all three types of line here, I like mono

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Use braid or heavy floro for flipping. Mono/copoly for cranking & topwater. Copoly for worms/jigs. Straight floro for dropshot / finesse stuff. I do throw a spook & a frog on straight braid tho. Makes it easy to work them on long casts.

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+1 on braid or heavy (20#+) fluoro for flipping.  i like fluoro for cranking (usually 12#), finesse (6-10#), and worms/jigs/etc (12-17#, depending on cover).  I like co-poly for jerkbaits.  light braid (15 or 20) for top water stuff.

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Seems similar to Florida except most people use 55# - 80# braid for flipping/punching. 20lb flourocarbon when the fish get line sensitive. All the guides run 15-17# mono for almost all other applications. Spinning tackle almost always 30# braid. 

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I flip with 65# braid mostly. Sometimes 20# floro. I throw topwater on 30 or 40# seaguar smackdown. Stuff is great for that. Super limp & castable. 

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22 hours ago, CPFJason said:

Seems similar to Florida except most people use 55# - 80# braid for flipping/punching. 20lb flourocarbon when the fish get line sensitive. All the guides run 15-17# mono for almost all other applications. Spinning tackle almost always 30# braid. 

It’s vastly different fishing than Florida, I can say that for sure. Not much grass here and 8 feet is shallow water 

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46 minutes ago, rusty50576 said:

It’s vastly different fishing than Florida, I can say that for sure. Not much grass here and 8 feet is shallow water 

Heard. Just noting as it relates to the fishing line its similar. Definitely different beast dealing with such increases and decreases in water levels. I am looking forward to getting some time on the water. 

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Loudon/Tellico are good lakes. Both have potential for big fish. Loudon is a navigation channel for barges & whatnot. Water doesn't fluctuate much there. But it is a current dependent lake. There is alot of flow thru there, & the bite depends on it. Its a Tennessee river impoundment, so offshore channels, points & ledges are key in summer. It has a huge forage base, threadfin, gizzard shad, crappie, perch, bluegill ect. It has largemouth, smallmouth, spotted & striped bass in it. Twra stocked Fla strain Lm in it some years ago, not sure how they are doing. 

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I use almost exclusively braid, with the exception of cranking. If the water is really clear, or I’m using a very finesse technique, I’ll tie on a fluoro leader. 

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