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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

• Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon First Impressions

I bought a spool of this line in 12# test to compare it to my PLine Halo. This Trilene Fluorocarbon has been getting a lot of good press, so I thought I would give it a run. I used it a little today. I fished off the pier in the morning and tried casting a 1/2oz jig and a 1/2oz spinnerbait. Then I practiced pitching with it in the yard this afternoon. I thought I'd post my first impressions. Keep in mind that this should in no way be perceived as a full on review as I've only really used the stuff for one day.

The first thing I noticed is that this line lacks the supple feeling I noticed using other fluorocarbon lines. This line just feels different. I can't really explain it. The line has a stiff quality to it, but has yet to show any signs of horrendous memory. It does coil a little coming off the reel now, so it is not immune from forming memory, but it seems to straighten out in the water. When casting, I could feel the same sort of stiff resistance. Also with regard to casting, I noticed that at the very end of a cast, a little bit of line would keep coming off the spool which looked to me more like a memory related issue than cast control settings. Initially the line felt difficult to cast as if it required more effort. The line seemed to require a break-in period because I noticed casting accuracy and distance improvements as the morning progressed.

The sensitivity just isn't the same either. I can feel bumps and it's probably only marginally better than the copolymer I use, but compared to say, Gamma Edge that seemed to transmit every little thing, 100% just doesn't give that level of feedback. I did notice that the line sinks with a smooth quality and there is a lot of sensitivity on the drop. I can feel the line moving through the water as the lure falls. When I hung my spinnerbait up in a limb, I noticed that the line between the rod and the spinnerbait was floating on the top of the water. That left me a little confused. I thought fluorocarbon would sink no matter what. Strange.

It seems to have good strength from what I can tell. My jig hung up in a sunken limb and I was able to slowly drag it out of the muck and up onto the pier. The one thing I'm worried about is a mid-line break off like I've experienced with Gamma Edge. The line has that rugged quality, so it leads me to believe that it won't break like that. Only time will tell.

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