Why do you use 80 lb. braid on a 40nld2 if you don't use it as more than a 40 or 50 or even 60 lb. rig? Why don't you use 65 lb. braid instead? How much 80 lb. braid do you get on this reel if you use a long topshot?
I was just thinking that 65 lb. braid breaks at about 80 lbs. and you could use 60 if you needed to without any problems. With an 80lb. topshot I completely understand. I think I'm going to add 60 lb. to my first post.I do use 65# for 40-50# but the 40n is a dandy 60# reel too and for that I prefer 80# spectra.
cuz its a lot easier casting 80lb solid spectra as its bigger in diameter & on a 40nld2 u will get 500 + yards of line on & have enough room for any topshot u like, this is or was a go to setup for fishin LupeShorter top shots equals versatility and allows for quick changes to adjust to conditions. It isn’t for everyone, but it’s my style.
I know this is a little old... but how’d that reel do on this fish? I’ve got a 775XH and think this reel might be a good fit with 80lb braid.I like my reel to be capable of anything the rod can do. My 40nl2 rides on a Calstar 875xxh (50-100) so the reel needs to be up to the task of fishing up to 80# top shots in a pinch if I want to. I filled with 80# spectra for that very reason.