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Putting Finatic's Pro Series FC to the Test

 

Date: 8/21/19
Tackle Type: Fishing Line
Manufacturer: Finatic Tackle
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 8.00 - GREAT

Introduction:
Since introduced to their product late in 2018, Finatic has had our attention. Their Pro Series Braid has been a mainstay in our tackle arsenal from that point forward to the middle part of 2019. Of course, that's not the only line they make, nor is it the only product of theirs we've been fishing. The company makes a fluorocarbon leader material and a high end nylon monofilament intended for top shot applications. Today we're taking a look at the company's mainline fluorocarbon. Introducing Finatic Tackle's Pro Series Fluorocarbon (FC).

 

Finatic Tackle Pro Series FC Specifications

Line Type Fluorocarbon
Colors Available One
Colors Tested Clear
Line Weights 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20, 25
Line Weight Tested in Lab 12
Line Weights Fished 6, 10, 12
MSRP $22.00/150yds

 


Introducing Finatic Tackle's Pro Series FC

 

Quality : Finatic Tackle is practicing the millennial model of conducting their business through social media. As a result, you won't find their fishing line on any tackle store shelves or pegboards, so if you haven't already had experience with their line through personal experience or a buddy that uses it, the only way to get your hands on product is to buy it on faith.

 


Finatic does a good job of packaging their product

 

I managed to get my hands on their fluorocarbon of course, and the first thing I did was strip off a good four or five feet of line and run it through my fingers. What I try to do with this test is determine initial quality and see if I can detect any inconsistencies in the line's surface and shape. Despite not being precision wound, Finatic's Pro Series FC is very smooth and consistent and feels every bit a quality fishing line.

 


Their Pro Series FC is not precision wound

 

Measuring five different spots along that five foot length of line revealed an average deviation in the line's diameter of 0.51% (average across the fluorocarbon lines in our FPI is 0.989%). Taking the mean of these five values, we get a measurement 0.297 millimeters for 12lb test. Finatic's published diameter for their 12lb Pro Series FC is 0.285 millimeters.

 


Loaded up and ready for some tests

 

Performance: The next step for Finatic's Pro Series FC was an appointment with The Machine for a series of tests to determine its FPI (fluorocarbon performance index) where it scored a whopping 63.2 thanks in part to very good results in our abrasion test. By comparison, the average of score across all our test subjects in determining the index was 48.2. Our highest score at the was Seaguar's Tatsu which scored a 67.1.

 

TackleTour's Fluorocarbon Performance Index (FPI)

 

Quality (20 points)
Strength (30 points)
Stretch (10+ Points
Abrasion Cycles
F P I
 
PW
DIA
TS v RS
MS
KS v RS
KS v TS
STR
DR
Max Points
5
5
10
10
10
10
5+
5+
No Limit
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Finatic Tackle Pro Series FC (12lb/ 0.## mm dia)
0
4.5
9.9
4.9
6.4
6.3
2.7

6.5

22

63.2

FC Average (~0.30 mm dia)
2.8
3.9
8.2
4.5
6.5
7.1
2.8
4.2
14.9
48.2
PW = Precision Wound : DIA = Diameter : TS vs RS = Tested Strength vs Rated Strength : MS = Material Strength : KS vs RS = Knot Strength vs Rated Strength : KS v TS = Knot Strength vs Tested Strength : STR = Stretch : DR = Deformity : For a full explanation of our FPI table, please read our FPI Introduction article

It's no secret that we hold Seaguar's Tatsu fluorocarbon in very high regard here at TackleTour, so if a product approaches that line's score in the FPI, it bears closer scrutiny. For us, that means an extended period of time out on the water fishing, I mean testing, the product.


Okuma's Cerros casting reel was one of the lucky reels to be fished with Finatic's Pro Series FC

Next Section: Finatic Pro FC handling...

   

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