YGK's Tour Grade FC Has Soul
Total Score: 7.92 -
The lore of Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) fishing tackle, specifically reels, rods, and lures is undeniable. Anglers with a preference for the unique, exclusive, hard to get, in other words, the enthusiast crowd will forever argue the grass is not only greener, but more hardy and nutritious on the other side. For those in the know, there is another category of product in the fishing world that deserves our attention. It's a little more difficult to justify, but is perhaps the most important component in your arsenal - your line. YGK is the latest of the former JDM exclusive fishing line companies to find their way to the North American Market and here now is our look at their 100% fluorocarbon product. Introducing YGK's G-Soul Tour Grade Fluorocarbon.
YGK G-Soul Tour Grade Fluorocarbon
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|Line Weight Tested in Lab
|Line Weights Fished
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$23.99 - $25.99 (yds vary by line rating)
Introducing YGK's G-Soul Tour Grade Fluorocarbon
YGK's G-Soul Tour Grade Fluorocarbon is priced like a premium product and continues that impression when you have a filler spool in hand. It is not a precision wound product, but off that spool, the line feels very smooth between your fingers with no detectable variation in diameter or line shape. Pulling out a good length of line and checking its diameter at five different spots with a micrometer reveals an average deviation in diameter of 0.7% (average across the fluorocarbon lines in our FPI is 0.989%).
Though a JDM product, Tour Grade FC is not precision wound
The average, measured diameter of YGK's G-Soul Tour Grade Fluorocarbon in 12lb test was 0.314 millimeters. The line's published diameter at this rating is 0.31mm. Overall, this line gets good marks for initial quality.
6lb test spooled on an Abu Garcia MGXtreme spinning reel
Performance: Of course, we never judge a line by its initial impression, so first stop for YGK's G-Soul Tour Grade Fluorocarbon was a date with The Machine for a series of tests to determine its comparative FPI (fluorocarbon performance index). The result? Our highest rated fluorocarbon to date with an FPI of 72.2 eclipsing our previous high score of 67.1 by Seaguar's Tatsu.