Very interesting topic & lots more to be said
I picked up some fireline (yellow) 20lb & found it to be really amazing. The casts doubled & I enjoyed my fishing.
Strangely enough after 1 trip, the following week I noticed that the coating on the fireline was already out. This made the line a bit brittle & it could be broken quite easily. Was this a fake ?? I usually wash my rods, line, spools after every trip, so why should this happen ? Could it be rocks ? quite possible, but not over all the line that entered the water while fishing.
I then picked up whiplash pro, smoke green, 0.1mm dia & tried that out. I faced a similar problem. The difference here was that the whiplash pro is braided, unlike the yellow coloured fireline which could be seperated (shreaded literally)
Carpernicus, maybe you got the real thing, or I too got fakes, twice over from 2 different sources. The sources were not online, but from angling shops. I suppose berkley has almost similar packaging for various types of superlines.
I have now switched to Eco braid that I have picked up online (ebay) & have been using it for 3 weeks now (keep on checking the strength from time to time) & have absolutely no problem.
I seem to have lost my trust in Berkleys line & feel that its not worth the amount that you pay.
I tie all braid lines with a bimini twist knot.......somehow its quite easy once you get the hang of it.
I use all 4 limbs & the teeth too. so far I have not used any 5th limb.
(Kulsdood, make sure the 5th limb doesnt get caught up while tying the knot
I dont know about the whip finish, but to seal the bimini I use some kind of knot (3 or 4 turns) a friend showed me while teaching me the bimini. Sorry guys, I'm not sure what it is called.