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Connor with a big New River smallmouth.
Using Power Pro
Another beautiful day on the New River.
Britt's setup recommendations..

After many hours of fishing the New, the following setups 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 setups or some slight variation thereof.

For spin fishing, I utilize the 6' medium GLX SJR722 Loomis series rod for crankbaits and jerkbaits. I use a 2500 series reel on these rods spooled with 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, other soft plastics, spinner baits, and some topwater baits, I use the IMX 6' medium heavy rod (SJR723 series) or GLX 6'6" medium rod (SJR842). I use a 2500 series reel on this rod spooled with Power Pro 20/6 braided line. I then tie a 5' to 10' long leader to the braid using a uni-to-uni knot and co-poly 10 lb. test line or 100% fluorocarbon 12 lb. test line depending on the conditions (prefer Gamma flurocarbon). I complete the setup by tying to a Daiichi extra wide gap hook (3/0 to 5/0 depending on the presentation), or inserted tube head using a Palamor knot.
For fly fishing, I use an 8-wieght 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 Gamma 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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