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Definately run either braid or Stainless Steel wire (30 lbs).  There is too much stretch in mono to effectively trip the dipsies either when a fish hits, or when you want to change baits.  If you run SS wire, make sure to install a twilli tip on the end of your rod, otherwise it will kink and break. 

 

Copper you just run straight (with a braid backer), as it sinks on its own without a directional planer (approx 20' down for every 100' out)

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If you run 1000' of stainless you shouldn't need to back it with much braid for it to fill your reel (assuming you're running a 30 class reel) - if you run 500' you'll have to back it.  Make sure you fill your spool all the way or your line counter will not be accurate.

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Yes. I fish both Erie and Ontario and wire is the way to go. I used to run braid but I’m finding they stay in the cabin most days and wire outperforms braid and is more versatile. 

 

I run wire wire to a 15 ft mono leader, then the dipsey. The mono makes it easier to store and if you need to grab the line it’s easier on you’re hands. Also works as a shock absorber. 

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Agreed, wire or braid will get you more bites. I run the wire or braid straight to the dipsy though, with 5 to 6 feet of 30 lb. mono from the dipsy to your spoon or flasher. Dipsys are a double edged sword though imo. I think on alot of days they shut down your outside riggers. Many days my out and downs were quiet until I pulled my dipsy rods, then they started taking bites. Sometimes less is more I think, so if the dipsys aren't taking bites, I'm quick to pull them.

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