Question About Alpha Rated Lines

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Does anyone know how the old braided Silk, Linen, Cotton or Dacron Alpha Rated Lines "A"; "B"; "C"; etc. compare to the modern designated Pound/Kilogram test break strength?


Two of my older reels used the Alpha ratings for line capacity.

Unfortunately, they don't specify which line was used for the rated capacity.


My J.A. Coxe 940, for example, just says "400 Yards" on the bottom of the reel foot.

The reel is the same size as a Penn 115. 

I suspect there is a wee bit more than only 400 yards of 20 pound test mono loaded on it, even with the 1/4 inch of braided Dacron under the mono, to protect the spool from being crushed by the monofilament.

I know the spool was not designed for mono, since that line had not been invented yet when the reel was made.


The rod it lives on is an Ugly Stick 6.5 foot BWB 1142 trolling/boat rod, rated only for 20 pound test line.



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