A Nylon Mono for Enthusiasts? Shooter Defier Armilo
Sunline's original Shooter Defier nylon monofilament is a high end mono. This sounds like a bit of a oxymoron since "high end" is not something anyone normally associates with nylon monofilament, but it's true.
Does Berkley Trilene Big Game Still Stack Up?
When it comes to fishing line, few brands are as popular as Berkley Trilene. Yet, within Trilene, there are several choices, 100% Fluorocarbon, XL, Cold Weather, TransOptic, BigCat, the list goes on. Here at TTHQ, one Trilene brand stands tall and that's Big Game - the go to line for our Editor in Chief, Zander.
There's Nothing Mysterious About Sunline's Super Natural
We try, as much as possible,
when testing different rods and reels to delineate our line choices so our
readers can extrapolate any pertinent information as it applies to their
situations and how we're using the tackle in question. If you pay attention to
these details, you'll have noticed the mention of Sunline Super Natural Nylon
Monofilament quite often over the last few years.
America's Best Selling Fishing Line? Trilene XL
If our previously reviewed Stren Original is the prototypical nylon monofilament, the subject of our next nylon monofilament line review is its twin. Berkley's Trilene XL, now under the same parent company umbrella as Stren (i.e. Pure Fishing) is just as popular if not more so than Stren. Touted by Berkley as America's best selling monofilament, it's only natural that we follow up the previous review with a look at Trilene XL.
The Baseline Nylon Monofilament : Stren Original
Stren Original nylon monofilament has been in existence since 1958 and is a benchmark when it comes to an affordable, reliable fishing line. It's been around so long, it's place on the store shelf is often taken for granted. We thought we'd take a closer look and see how this industry standard stacks up in our new MCPI.
A Stark Contrast in Fishing Line : Berkley's Iron Silk
What comes to your mind when
you think of a "monofilament" fishing line? Usually, it's something clear, or
even translucent if colored, correct? Well, Berkley Fishing's Ironsilk is
marketed as a monofilament, but instead of being clear or translucent, it's 100%
opaque - and a strange, kind of milky green color at that.
Is Maxima Ultragreen Really the Best by Test?
The struggle for relevant line
review content is what spawned our Fluorocarbon and Braided line Performance
Indices (FPI & BPI), and now we're finally ready to put our Mono and Copolymer
Performance Index (MCPI) to use in an actual review. First up? A very popular
mainstream if not under the radar fishing line - Maxima's Ultragreen Copolymer.
Introducing Sunline's New P-Ion Assassin FC
years ago, Sunline managed to align themselves with the proprietors of one new
technology: A professor at the University of Tokyo Institute of Technology found
a way to use plasma, the 4th state of matter, to alter both nylon and
fluorocarbon materials in a way that enhances their performance as a fishing
How Does 832 Stand Up to Sudden Impact? It Might Just Make Your Day
If you read the piece about our
you already know
and standardized our
line review metrics
per line type, and
today we debut our
with a look at
Sufix's popular 832.
Introducing TackleTour's FPI - Fluorocarbon Performance Index
In case you hadn't noticed, we've been in a bit of a hibernation mode regarding line reviews. With our acquisition of The Machine, we're looking to change that starting right now. Over the last several weeks, we've been in deliberations back at TT Headquarters developing a method of testing line, evaluating data, and translating all the results...
Tackle Doctor: Professional Angler Aaron Martens Details the Albright Knot
When it comes to tackle on the professional bass fishing circuit nobody is more detailed than Aaron Martens. Because of
this affection for the finer details in tackle and his ability to customize and
mod his personal gear Aaron Martens is known as the "Tackle Doctor" amongst his peers.
Three Way Premium Braided Line Showdown
lines have been
showing up on store
shelves touting more
adhesion. How do
these lines actually
perform? Let's take
a look right now.
A Double Threat From Triple Fish International
Today, we bring you
a closer look at two
of their more
the original Triple
Fish Camo-escent monofilament, and the abrasion resistant X-Line copolymer.
Sunline's Machine Gun Cast - A
Misfire of Sorts
experiences with two
of their product
already in the
books, Sunline makes
it easy to want to
sample more. Today,
we take a look at an
line from Sunline, their Machine Gun Cast Copolymer.
Toray's Premium Nylon : Bawo Superhard Polyamide Plus
Our second look into the fishing line product by Toray brings us to their Bawo Superhard
Polyamide Plus line,
a 100% nylon product
touted as having low
stretch and high
claims sound great,
but really, they're
what we've come to
expect from a nylon
Top Flight Japan Bass Pro Morizo Shimizu's Take on a 100% Nylon Line : Sunline Shooter Defier
We had heard very
good things about Sunline's 100% Nylon line, Shooter Defier, and since we already a favorable impression of this company's product based on experiences with the Shooter Fluorocarbon, taking the leap of faith to try this new line was not difficult...
A Fishing Line Worthy of the Title "Enthusiast": Toray's SuperHard Upgrade 100% Fluorocarbon
Today we take a look
at what was once
product. Yes, that's
right, while this
is still in
it or not, it has
been supplanted as
Toray's top end fluoro. Introducing Toray's SuperHard Upgrade Fluorocarbon.
Filler-Spool Line Review: Sugoi Fluorocarbon
Next up in our filler-spool style round up of fishing lines is the fluorocarbon product from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Sugoi Fluorocarbon. Interestingly enough, this is almost a tale of two lines. For the last several years, I was under the impression, the Sugoi
FC was only produced
in one color,
New 2009 Fishing Lines by Berkley, Spiderwire, and Stren
With ICAST 2008 is just a little more than a month away
it is preview time
here at TackleTour Headquarters
as we break stories
on upcoming products. Here
is a first look at some of the new 2009 fishing lines by Berkley, Spiderwire, and Stren.
Blackwater International Brings to North America, Toray Fishing Lines
Thanks to Blackwater
is yet another
battle for "best"
ready to take place
at a waterway near
you. Here's a brief
synopsis of the
fishing line product
brought to us by
Filler-Spool Line Review: Gamma Edge 100% Fluorocarbon
some abbreviated, filler-spool line reviews to quickly get the data and our impressions out to you, our readers, and help with your decisions amongst the vast array of line products available. First up? Gamma Edge 100% Fluorocarbon.
How Does Berkley's Latest Attempt at a 100% Fluorocarbon Line Stack Up?
While the Berkley
Vanish & Vanish
lines didn't do so
hot in our
went to the drawing
board and produced
the Trilene 100%
spools and put it
through our own
batch of tests to
see if it's worthy
of the name
A Tri-Colored Web of Line : Hi-Seas Black Widow Co-Polymer
When news of our
broke, we were
wanting in on the
frey. One of these
and today, we look
at their tri-colored
product, the Hi-Seas
Sunline's Top End Offering: Shooter Fluorocarbon
The long awaited first official review following our Fluorocarbon Showdown parts I and II is finally here. Let's start with a line I've been using for the better part of almost two years now, here is our take on Sunline Japan's Shooter Fluorocarbon!
TackleTour's Fluorocarbon Showdown Sequel!!
It was becoming more
and more obvious
that there were some
issues that required
our attention after
our March 2007
article. Like how
about our claim that
have as much
stretch, if not
more, than our
monofilament; or our
use of the Polamar knot to assess knot strength; and how about the whole visibility issue?
Let's find out!
Presenting the Much Anticipated and Highly Overdue TackleTour Fluorocarbon Showdown!!
We receive countless
requests for tests on
fluorocarbon lines and
our response is always,
"we're working on it."
Well, the wait is
finally over. Here are
our findings from an
investigation into this
seemingly simple, yet
ready to roll
for the 2007
to have a
When it comes to
lines there is
bigger than Pure
line brands is
introduced in 7
days at the
Sufix’s new G2
Precision Winding process helps reduce memory on the premium Elite fishing line
The Sufix Elite is a premium monofilament that not only takes on a
new winding process to eliminate memory, but uses a high-tech process to build a
better and higher performing fishing line for anglers.
Just how strong is Trilene Big Game 50lb? We put it to the test in our lab
and against Tuna
Trilene Big Game is among the most well known offshore
lines and the company makes some pretty bold statements on their website
including "In key tensile
strength tests, Trilene Big Game outperforms Ande®" We decided to put that
assertion to the test.
P-Line's Spectrex IV capitalizes on the
qualities of Spectra to offer a durable, sensitive, and easy casting braid
Spectrex IV is an advanced Spectra Braid that is designed to be easier to cast,
exhibits virtually no stretch, is extra sensitive, and more durable.
PowerPro's braided execution gets you through the nastiest
Choosing a fishing line today can be a daunting task, with the sheer number of
choices available to anglers. Braided lines went from being a fad, to becoming a
extremely popular line choice for many unique fresh and saltwater applications.
with invisible Maxima Ultragreen fishing line
Even though fishing lines of today
have become more complex than ever, mono lines are still a favorite
among the majority of anglers who turn to the reliability of mono. Maxima
developed the Ultragreen fishing line to deliver superior performance while
still maintaining the reliability of mono
Tritanium Plus, an advanced copolymer line with super anti-abrasion
Through the process of
copolymerization Sufix has produced a super abrasion resistant fishing line that
performs well above expectations in specific techniques.
Floroclear, a perfect blend of copolymer and fluorocarbon for the best of both
Many anglers yearn for a line that is as easy to cast as standard mono, but are
as invisible as pure fluorocarbon. P-Line develops their new Floroclear
copolymer line to be a single line that exhibits the most desirable attributes
from both copolymer and fluorocarbon.
Sufix DNA, does this Copolymer line stand up to the extremes?
manufactures a wide range of quality fishing lines that are quickly making its
way onto reels worldwide. TackleTour first examines one of their many
offerings, the Sufix DNA fishing
Maxima Perfexion, an ultra line for your ultralight tackle
When fishing with ultralight tackle it helps to use high
quality fishing line. The Maxima Perfexion is a premium monofilament line
that has many benefits such as durability, high abrasion resistance, and a
very fine diameter.
Fluorocarbon, does it give anglers that extra edge?
We take a look at the original designer of 100%
fluorocarbon, Seaguar, and see if their invisible leader gives anglers that
extra edge to land more fish.
power for trophy sized fish, Trilene Big Game
Trilene Big Game is touted as a performance line for trophy fishing, and has
found a huge following among offshore and inshore anglers alike.