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The most common cause of excess friction is using too large a line for the blocks and fittings. Typically just resizing will solve most of the problems. But yes going to uncovered dyneema (amsteel or others) will go a long way as well, plus alow you to downsize even more.
 

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If you are using spectra then it is probably massively oversized. Realistically your reef lines will never have more than about 1000lbs of load on them at a time, likely much less. Which means a piece of 1/8" amsteel is plenty strong enough. I wouldn't actually go this low to deal with UV damage and abrasion, but it's good to keep in mind how much stronger than you need it to be this line really is.
 
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