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New River Fishing
Using Power Pro
Britt's Tackle Recommendations

After many hours of fishing the New, the following set-ups have proven time and time again to be extremely effective in hooking (and consistently landing) citation-sized smallmouth. I don't like whimpy gear and for those who ask about what to bring, I suggest the following set-ups or some slight variation thereof.

For spin fishing, I utilize a 6' 6" medium GLX SJR822 Loomis series rod for crankbaits, jerkbaits, and hard topwater baits. I use a Stradic CI4+ 2500 series reel on these rods spooled with green Power Pro 20/6 braided line. I tie a size #2 or #3 BPS duo-lock to the line with a Palamor knot and then clip the duo-lock directly to the hard bait.

For tubes, jig-n-pigs, and other soft plastics, I use the same 6' 6"medium GLX SJR822 Loomis series rod spooled with hi-vis yellow Power Pro 20/6 braided line. I then tie a 8' to 10' long leader to the braid using a uni-to-uni knot and 100% fluorocarbon 12 lb. test line depending on the conditions (prefer Gamma Edge flurocarbon). I complete the setup by tying to my preferred hook for the application with a Palamor knot.

For fly fishing, I use an 8-weight GLX (FR1088) and 7-weight GLX (FR1087). I use a Ross Evolution 3.5 reel on the 8-weight and a Ross Rhythm 3.5 reel on the 7-weight both spooled with a Wulff Bass taper 8-weight floating fly line. I use at least 2x tapered leaders (prefer Gamma's 10' bonefish leader) and 8 - 10 lb. test Froghair tippet. I initially tie all leaders to the fly line with a nail knot. After using the leader, I trim it to w/in 6-8 inches of the fly line and then utilize the perfection loop from there on with any additional leaders and tippet.

Note: For tips on using Power Pro braided line including knot instructions, click the logo at left.

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