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Thursday, August 16, 2007

• Line Review: Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon

The first thing one can say about Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon is this line aint cheap. At close to $30 for 120yd of 10-16lb test, a lot of anglers might consider this line waaay out of their budget. I must admit my purchase was somewhat of a mistake, but I was hooked on the idea of fluorocarbon after so much has been written about it. The thing to remember with fluorocarbon is to wet your knots so they are tight and secure. FC is supposed to be a low stretch line, but a Tackle Tour fluorocarbon test showed that even though many claim fluorocarbon has low stretch, that's really not the case. I had all of this information in mind even before spooling up with Gamma Edge.

My first impression can be summed up in one word. Wow! I put it on my reel and tied on a senko. I could feel everything. Every little bump was transmitted up the line. Every nibble was felt. Here's the hard part for me to mention as it creates a serious dilemma involving whether or not I should rely on this line. Within the first three or four casts, I had a break off in the middle somewhere that sent 10 or 15 feet of line flying free. I hadn't experienced a backlash yet, so it wasn't from a kink. Maybe there was a defect. I haven't had it happen again from subsequent line from that same spool. Getting a good knot does take a little work. I still need to figure out how exactly to "wet" the knot in order for it to tie nice and snug. The knots are holding for me though, so I must be doing something right. Castability and performance are comparable to the Gamma Copolymer and it doesn't have a lot of problems with memory. The bottom line is sensitivity makes up for any doubts I had and I love this stuff. I just want it to last as long as I can make it go before buying another spool.

I don't love this stuff anymore. I would have hoped the line could have lasted me a little longer. I had one more break off during a cast. Maybe I got a bad spool. Who knows. I won't be buying any more of this line though. A break off fighting a fish is something I'd accept, but not one during a cast. Time to try something else. Many fluorocarbon lines seem to have this problem, so finding one that won't snap at even the slightest kink is going to be tough.

(EDIT 4/10/08)
TackleTour has posted a review of Gamma Edge FC. The reviewer thought this line had more stretch than other FC and was not as sensitive. The line did not go back to the original length after constant stretch. The rated test strength is closer to knot breaking strength than tensile strength. Sounds like he's not completely sold on this line just yet, however the findings are somewhat different than what I experienced. I thought the line was pretty sensitive. If the reviewer says Sugoi, Sunline Shooter, and Toray are more sensitive, I might have to give one of 'em a go. I'm not brave enough to drop another $30 on another spool to continue reviewing this line.

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Anonymous said...

If you like this stuff you should try Sunline's Super FC Sniper. Way better than the Gamma stuff, but still just as expensive. That is it's only downfall...