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Line Review

Tough and Strong, Sufix's Advance Fluorocarbon Fishing Line (continiued)


Real World Tests: Speaking of being out on the water, I fished both the 6 and 10 pound strengths of Sufix Advance FC as main line on a few different reels and the 6, 14, and 20 pound strengths as twenty foot leaders tied to the end of different brands of braid.



My connection knot game could stand for improvement

Handling: Right off the bat, the first thing you notice about Advance FC after tying on your bait and making a cast is that it handles like those stiffer fluorocarbon main lines. It has a tendency to want to jump off your reel similar to but not as aggressively as something like Sunline Shooter.

If that Gel Phase technology is supposed to increase manageability of this line, they must be working with true leader grade material to begin with because Advance FC is a bit more stiff than I expected based off the manufacturer description.

Switching over to the finesse spool on my Revo EXD and doing a little Neko Rigging

Sensitivity: The benefit you get with a fluorocarbon line that handles like this is it's likely to be more sensitive than its easier handling counterparts. This holds true for Advance FC. You get very good feel through the rod to your lure with this line and I really liked it for bottom contact baits as well as a leader material when fishing bladed jigs. You feel very connected to your bait with this line.

Sufix Advance handles like the stiffer fluorocarbons on the market today

Other Performance Notes: Sufix's Advance FC holds up well over a season's worth of fishing with no clouding in the coloration of the line or other signs of deterioration. It does exhibit memory issues after stored on your reel, but this is pretty part and parcel with fluorocarbon lines in general. Knot and abrasion performance on the water was very good. I didn't have to give either a second thought while fishing, and that's always a benefit.

Did I mention I like this line for finesse techniques?

Design & Ergonomics: Sufix offers their Advance Fluorocarbon line in only one color - apparently the only color that fluorocarbon lines really sell and that's clear. It is available in both a filler spool of 200 yards and the more bulk sized spool of 1200 yards. In both cases, the line is precision wound onto the spool. This is a feature I greatly appreciate in a premium quality line. As mentioned earlier, Advance FC benefits from the company's Gel Phase technology used to increase manageability of the line off the spool.

Sufix's Advance Fluorocarbon is a good choice for general application work with maybe a slight leaning towards vertical bait presentations

Applications: Sufix's Advance Fluorocarbon is a good choice for general application work with maybe a slight leaning towards vertical bait presentations where the line's low stretch and good recovery numbers are beneficial. However, I liked its performance as leader material on my braided line where reaction baits were the name of the game as well. The only techniques I'd shy away from, and the same goes for any fluorocarbon line, are topwater poppers and walkers because the line will have the tendency to sink affecting performance of your lures.


Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Precision winding always scores points with us but the stated diameters were smaller than what we actually measured 8
Performance On the stiffer side of mainline FC product, but a solid performer nonetheless 8
Price ~$0.16 per yard on average across the 10 strengths in a 200yd spool... 4-12lb comes to $0.12/yd. A very affordable FC mainline product 8
Features Gel Phase tech results in a very smooth line that's very consistent in diameter 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Comes in filler and bulk spool sizes and the only color that really matters for an FC line - clear 8
Application A good choice for general application work with FC with slightly better applications towards vertical line presentations 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Smooth finish - Not as soft and manageable as I had hoped given that's the stated benefit of their Gel Phase Tech.
+ Consistent diameter - Diameters measured out thicker than specified
+ Very good Stretch/Deformity performance  
+ Good sensitivity  
+ Available in bulk spools  


Conclusion: If you like your fluorocarbon lines on the stiff side, and I do, Sufix Advance FC could be right up your alley.


The sensitivity afforded by Sufix Advance FC's stiff, overall handling makes finesse techniques especially fun and it still holds up well across a variety of other techniques.


This fish buried itself in the weeds, but I was able to pull her out despite the fact I was only using 6lb Sufix Advance FC. That's the way to inspire confidence


Given how the line handles, I'm not quite sure the benefit of their Gel Phase Tech because there are easier handling fluorocarbon lines on the market, but that could speak to the nature of the original material they are using. Either way, the quality of Sufix Advance FC is immediately apparent and I look forward to continuing my experience with this line out on the water.


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