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Line Review


 

Is Maxima Ultragreen Really the Best by Test?

 

Date: 4/13/16
Tackle Type: Fishing Line
Manufacturer: Maxima
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 6.36 - FAIR

Introduction:
Arguably the most important component of your fishing arsenal, fishing line is often taken for granted. We take the task of reviewing line very seriously, yet have admittedly struggled with content that's relevant other than saying we did or did not like the product. 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.

 

Maxima Ultragreen Specifications

Line Type Copolymer
Colors Available One - Green
Colors Tested Green
Line Weights 5-30lb test
Line Weight Tested in Lab 10lb
Line Weights Fished 10lb
MSRP $11.99 (22yds)

 


The first mono/copolymer to go through our Mono and Copolymer Performance Index (MCPI).

 

Quality : The consistency of Maxima Ultragreen out of the package is so so. The first couple of layers of the line feels good between your finger tips, but as you get deeper into the spool, you can really feel the impact of the line being wound on top of itself and the shape of the line goes all over the place. We'd rate the actual surface of the line average - not too slick, but not rough either. It's about what one would expect from a copolymer.

 


Ultragreen's quality fresh off the spool has room for improvement.

Part of the reason for the line's inconsistent shape is it is not delivered on a precision wound spool. While the line does not cross over itself excessively, it's obviously wound tight enough where its shape is affected.


You can't see it here - only feel it between your fingers - but ultragreen does not maintain its round shape off the spool very well.

The published diameter of Maxima Ultragreen 10lb test is 0.012 inches or 0.300 millimeters. We pull out a length of line from the filler spool and measure it in 5 different spots along this length then take an average to see how well our measurements stack up against the manufacturer specification. Our average for Maxima Ultragreen in 10lb test was 0.355 millimeters - a difference of well over 10%.

Quality Ratings for Maxima Ultragreen

Consis-tency (1-5)
Surface (1-3)
Spooling (1-5)
Published Diameter (1-3)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
2
2
3
1
8
16
5

 


Spooled and ready to go on a Shimano Metanium DC.

 

Performance: Our original intent was to fish a bunch of different weights of Maxima Ultragreen, but as it turned out, 10lb test served a lot of purposes really well - mostly because it's not really 10lb test, but more on that later. In the meantime, here's how we saw the performance characteristics of this line.

 

TackleTour's Mono/Copoly Performance Index (MCPI)

 

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
-
Maxima Ultragreen (10lb/ 0.35 mm dia)
0
4.5
4.7
4.4
11
7.2
4.6
2.9
11.7
51
M/C Average (~0.30 mm dia)
1.3
4.3
7.2
5.2
10.8
8.5
3.1
3.0
6.8
50.2

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

* Notes : In some cases "max" points can be exceeded if fishing line tests over rated strength.

Cast/Pitch: Ultragreen is a rather stiff line, but it casts and pitches quite well. I prefer it on casting gear rather than spinning gear, but if you go down to it's 5lb rated test, it will handle better on spinning gear.

Sensitivity: What I really like about this line is its sensitivity. Because it is so stiff, the line is good at transmitting vibrations and hence more sensitive than average. This is one area where it reminds me of a fluorocarbon line.


Here's a look at the non-precision wound spool of Ultragreen.

Next Section: Abrasion and Knot Strength


 

 

 

 

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