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Monday, October 15, 2007

• Kevin VanDam's Line & Lure Conditioner


My Initial thoughts on KVD Line & Lure Conditioner
First I need to mention that I purchased Kevin VanDam's Line & Lure Conditioner because a store employee recommended using it on P-Line, which I also purchased recently. I still figured it wouldn't hurt trying it on my other lines. The directions say apply and let dry, but the BPS employee said he puts it on out on the water before casting. Seeing as how the Line & Lure web site even says KVD sprays it on a few times each trip, one would conclude that you can get away with not letting it dry and still see benefits. The directions also recommend spraying line guides and the spool. I will not comment on lure conditioning at this time as I did not purchase it for that purpose.

Here are the claims. It dramatically improves casting distance and control. It extends line life and protects gear. It elimates tangles and twists. There is no oily residue.

So after two trips when I have used this stuff, what have I learned?

Actual application on line is relatively easy. There is no oily residue nor is there any odor. I have used it on 12lb Gamma Edge FC, 20lb Yo Zuri Hybrid, 12lb Gamma Copolymer, 12 and 15lb PLine Halo, 15lb PLine Copolymer, Vicious FC, and Trilene 100% FC. I'm sure KVD only uses XPS Fluorocarbon. Hey, the guy likes to hock products for sponsors. Casting distance has not improved tremendously for me on any of the lines. Only minor gains were noticeable. Line handling, control, and backlash problems improved, especially with the Yo Zuri Hybrid that has been on the reel for months. Any fluorocarbon line will benefit from a few spritzes as FC has a reputation for memory. I experienced a break off on the Gamma Edge. Whether or not that was related to the conditioner is anyone's guess, but unlikely considering that I've had problems with that line lately. I have not had a chance to use this product on the P-Line yet. I want to see how the P-Line Halo does on its own first and then compare later. Whether or not the life of the line is extended by the conditioner is something I will have to comment on later. I'm aiming for two to three months of use. The 4oz bottle is supposed to provide around 100 applications according to their FAQ, but they are planning on making a larger bottle soon.

(EDIT 10/16/2007)
There was a noticeable improvement in casting distance with the Yo Zuri Hybrid spooled on my Pflueger Summit. I'm not sure how many more feet I've gained, but I'm guessing anywhere from 10 to 15 feet. I did not experience any backlashes today with that same line.

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The Principal said...

This product works well for me. Casting distance does improve, line memory & twist is taken care of for sure. I really wouldn't expect anything to help me with baitcasting backlashes as I sometimes get overly excited, lol.
Best part of this product is that it doesn't have a petroleum base that affects other components of your reel.

I added your blog to my links.

robfad said...

You said you would report back on the KVD Line & Lure after you tries it for a few months. How is it working for you now?

BassFishingDem said...

Thanks for the reminder. I've been away from my gear since the end of February and as you can tell by my reports. I was not able to fish as often as I would have liked back then and in turn, unable to fully test the product. Line and Lure works as a quick touch up solution or as directed prior to fishing. Whenever any of my line starts coming off the reel too much, but not enough to cause a backlash, I spray a little bit on and after a couple of casts and notice a significant improvement. Casting distance, however, is not dramatically different than previously stated nor as advertised. The site guarantees a 25 to 30 percent gain in casting distance. I beg to differ. I only gain a few feet most of the time. Big disappointment in that respect. The bottle has lasted a long time. I'm still not out of the stuff. I just returned from a two month rotation up in Michigan. I can already tell my line needs some. I just put some on my PLine Halo. I'll give it a go tomorrow and see how things compare to today's experience without any treatment.

Anonymous said...

Line and Lure is a great product. It greatly reduces the number of backlashes and makes the occasional backlash much easier to get out.


Anonymous said...

I'm very impressed with this product! I get at least 25 feet OR more on my casts! Although it doesn't prevent backlashes completely it has drastically diminished them. The memory is less with this product. After you treat your line(and let it sit till it's dry) you need to adjust your brake etc... I wont go fishing without it now!

Reel Rocket said...

KVD Line and Lure is still a great product all these years later. It makes a noticeable difference to my Seaguar Red Label. I tend to apply it (3-4 shots) the night before going out so that it dries, then during the day if needed.