DR Wire vs Braid

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DR Wire vs Braid

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So the wire on my Scotty 1106's has 4 years on it and has been "shortened" several times....so I'm going to replace it this weekend. I know there has probably been a lot of discussion on the subject of wire vs braid but since I'm about to do the deed anyway, I thought I'd open this up for some fresh opinions..

PS... I don't have a black box and I've never used anything but wire and either 12# or 15# DR balls..

Thanks in advance for any advice or opinions..
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I switched to braid a number of years ago and won't go back. I don't get the harmonic vibration you do with the wire and it seems to have less drag in the water, reducing the ball angle. I use Scotty's heavier braid, I believe its 200lb test.
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I had less than a year on my new downriggers but I switched over to 200lb braid last month.
No more annoying hum from the wire. Other than that I dont see much difference.

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I’m running 200 lb braid & really like the convenience of not needing to use crimps on the snaps . Just a simple UNI knot & you’re up & fishing again..

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Switched to braid 5yrs ago and really like it.
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How many feet of the #200 Scotty braid are you guys loading onto your 1106's? And for those that have switched, how many years of service can I expect for say.... 25 to 30 trips per year. Thanks!
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ALL -- If/When you switch from wire to braid for heavens sake--- CHANGE THE PULLEY AT THE END OF THE ARM. If you choose to save that cost, plan to lose the D/R weights and length of line you most often troll at. The pully's that have run wire have micro ridges (from the wire) that quickly eat braid.

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Braid cuts water. Have 1106B can’t remember 150lb and 200’ or 200 lb and 150’.
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I went with 200# and think I spooled 200' on my 1101s, hard to recall now.
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Re: DR Wire vs Braid

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Thanks for all the answers folks... I've also checked out a literal "boatload" of forum posts in Ifish, THT and BC Fishing... In the end, I just bought two 400ft spools of Scotty Premium DR Braid in the 250LB test. Sounds like folks are loading about 350 ft of this onto their Depthpower 1106's. My current wire is in pretty good shape so I'll probably just re-spool that and keep onboard for an emergency.
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