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Friday, February 15, 2008

• My Line

Since the start of this blog, I've done some reviews on various types of line. I seem to be settling in and readers probably want to know what I'm actually using at this point. I'm still not done testing out a couple of brands, but I already have two favorites. Remember, I'm using my line on baitcasters, not spinning reels.

I never actually talked about the mono I used to have on my spincast reels. I always seemed to have a big spool of Stren ready to go, but really got used to Spiderwire. After making the transition to baitcasters, I gave Yo-Zuri Hybrid a shot and ended up using it more on my spincasters. Yo Zuri Hybrid seems to come off the spool better, so my spincast reels will probably stay spooled up with it. I know I've talked up Yo Zuri Hybrid in my review, but I use it as a back up line now for my baitcasters. It's still a great line in 20lb test, but the 12lb, although usually very good by most accounts, has given me some backlashes that were too difficult to work out. Lots of people have great experiences with Yo Zuri, but the memory can get pretty bad.

Gamma Copolymer has become the line I use most on my reels right now with one exception. I have 20lb Gamma on the Summit because I use that rig when I want the power of the line to complement the MH rod and high speed reel. I use 12lb Gamma Copolymer on the Pro Qualifier LTD and one of the Shimano Callisto reels. The other Callisto does still have 12lb Yo Zuri Hybrid on it. The 12lb Gamma Copolymer has been very versatile and reliable so far. Whether or not P-Line CXX will take its place has yet to be determined as I've only tried the 8lb version for a short period of time.

The P-Line Halo is still a line I'm getting practice with, but I have the sensitivity thing pinned down and it's very easy to cast. Halo seems to be strong enough most of the time while being light and sensitive enough for plastics. The 12lb Halo still has that rough and tough side for throwing smaller spinnerbaits and cranks, bringing in decent sized bass, and seems to have good abrasion resistance.

Where will I go from here?

I do like Gamma Copolymer very much, so it will likely continue to be the line I use most of the time along with Halo. I want to give CXX in 12lb to 20lb a try to see if casting is any better than Gamma. P-Line Evolution is only slightly cheaper than Gamma Copolymer, but after my experience with Halo, I'm willing to give Evo a try. I also need to put in some more time with CXX, but I want to finish off this spool of 8lb and move up to 12lb later on. I am still interested in other fluorocarbon lines and although Halo is not having those bad breaks like the Gamma Edge, I'd like to try the Trilene 100 percent fluorocarbon and maybe give the BPS fluoro a run too. Seaguar INVISIX may be the next fluoro I'll put to the test. I don't think I'm ready to jump into using braid yet. It just doesn't strike me as something would like. I don't know enough about braid yet to even want to use it. I'm going to try and use up what I've got right now before buying anything new. Maybe by then, something new will be on the market that'll catch my eye.


ubermaxii said...

I'm starting to wonder if these companies make so many different lines, not because they cannot make a good all-around line, but because they know we will obsess over finding the right one and buy all of them!