Easy Handling FINS WindTamer Braided Line
Abrasion: At some point, abrasion resistance for braid in bass fishing came to mean the ability of your braid to deliver the abrasion by cutting through soft vegetation instead of the ability of your line to withstand abrasive environments like rocks, trees, dock pilings, etc.. If it is the former you seek (the ability to cut through vegetation), you want a braided line with a rough texture, but somewhat slick finish. This allows the braid to grab soft vegetation and when you swing your line back and forth, will cut it helping you avoid hangups - especially if you've hooked a fish that's digging into the weeds during your battle.
The line is a little stiff off the filler spool, but once spooled on and cast it
actually handles nicely
If it's the latter you seek, a line to withstand abrasive environments, you're better off tying a fluorocarbon leader to your braid. Braids with a smoother, slick finish will hold up better in these environments, but braid in general is not able to hold up to truly abrasive situations because it's softer than fluorocarbon and even nylon monofilament. You can mitigate some of this by choosing a thicker diameter.
Windtamer is the type of braided line that can
easily cut through vegetation, but if you're fishing in this environment often, I'd probably go with their 80lb line
for more strength to muscle fish out of what usually is a mess of weeds.
50lb test scoped out at 0.238mm in diameter. That's more like a traditional 25
or 30 pound braid. Wind Tamer held up so even though it is thin it does seem
quite durable. As with all new lines it just takes time to build confidence.
Using 100% Spectra shortens that cycle big time
Noise: What really surprised me with FINS's Windtamer line is despite its rougher texture
is relatively quiet when moving through guides. Granted, I did not fish it with any rods built with guides featuring raw metal inserts, but some braids make noise even through guides with ceramic inserts. My Black Widow 806-1 cranking stick is built with titanium framed guides with SiC inserts so any noise would be minimal to begin with, still I usually hear something with braid. I really didn't notice the line coming through these guides, nor did Zander with his combos. Perhaps that had to do with the line's diameter
or overall round structure and slick coating.
What do you know, it is indeed a 4 strand braid
Impact/Knot Strength: Because the 50lb Windtamer was so thin and the line was so new to me, I didn't fish it with any
very expensive baits for fear of losing them on a cast or swing. But the line
held up very well fishing everything that I tied on, and with each cast and fish
landing it started to inspire more confidence.
Over time I
started tying on more hard and soft bodied swimbaits and strikes on these types of
lures are really aggressive and I am happy to report that Windtamer held up to hit after hit. At one point, Zander was fishing a line through bait by Savage Gear (3D Trout), and landed a really nice fish. In the end, neither of us had much to say about the line's strength, so that's a good thing.
Windtamer has held up well for both Zander and myself
Longevity: Windtamer Braid does have a slightly waxy feel to it out of the package, but that coating is not one that flakes off the line during use. In fact, it holds up well over an extended period. Additionally, our "Pitch Black" braid held its color and didn't
fade. I was quite surprised. Normally, I'd expect such a deep, dark color like
this to show a little sign of wear by fading, but so far so good with Windtamer,
and a testament to the company's decision to use black fiber versus try and
color the line. It would be great to see more colors of "never fade lines" in
A little coarse out of the package, but that's just the character of the line. Far thinner than advertised however.
Casts really well and holds up over extended use...
The 50lb, 150yd spool breaks down to $0.11/yard making it a relatively affordable product.
Available in 5 colors and filler through bulk spool sizes.
Color holds up extremely well but it'd be helpful to have
more accurate diameter specifications.
Made for windy conditions which means you can use it even when it is not windy
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fair : 7
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Pluses and Minuses:
+ Casts as well as advertised,
this a good
braid in all
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when it is
is very cool
but would be
were both on
- It'd be helpful to have more accurate diameter specifications
Black color holds up well over extended use
+ Finish does not flake off the line
Windtamer fishes really well. My only question with this line has
to do with the accuracy of their diameter specifications, but with each cast and
fish it has continued to inspire confidence
Conclusion: I was really surprised how much I enjoyed fishing this line. It casts well and comes through the guides with zero issues. The only question in my mind is the line's diameter. That 50lb test scoped out really small and if I were to fish it again, I'd probably go up a size or two in diameter. The more different braids I fish, the more I rely upon actual diameter of the line rather than stated strengths. Unfortunately, with no table displaying the accurate measurements for this line, I'd have to purchase a few spools to find the diameter I'm
really comfortable fishing across applications, and with those really
irreplaceable swimbaits tied on the line. It's just going to take some hit and miss to find that
perfect diameter to suit your personal needs.
For power fishing
plastics in the wind, or really in any conditions, this line is certainly up to
the task. With each and every cast, and additional landed fish, I have continued to build
confidence in Pitch Black, and would recommend it for anglers that want a dark
braided line that also handles really well.
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