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Line Review

YGK's Tour Grade FC Has Soul (continued)

Naturally the most telling situations were the ones where we used Tour Grade FC as a mainline on both spinning and casting gear. In both cases, Tour Grade FC handled surprisingly well. For some reason, I was expecting this line to be kind of wiry and very stiff like most higher end fluorocarbon products, but I had very few issues with this line on both types of gear and really liked the way it handles. My knots held up well and it took a lot before I felt the need to retie anything because the line was nicked. YGK's Tour Grade FC has very good resistance to abrasion.

Like most fluorocarbon products, YGK's G-Soul Tour Grade FC is only offered in clear

Features: Like most fluorocarbon products, YGK's G-Soul Tour Grade FC is only offered in clear. The filler spool sizes vary by the line rating. 5-8lb test comes 200yd spools, 10, 12, and 15 pound come on spools of 150yds, and 17lb test is on a 135yd spool while 20lb is only 100yds. In an industry where the filler spool sizes are usually consistent, you'll need to pay close attention to those offered with this line or you'll feel shorthanded.

A nice one on 6lb Tour Grade FC

Design & Ergonomics: Fortunately, the line holds up over extended use as long as you don't run into too may or backlashes or backlashes that are exceedingly unmanageable. I did not run into any issues with the line clouding up over time and any memory issues at the start of the day were easily erased after a few casts.

I got into a moving bait groove with some 10lb Tour Grade FC


Applications: I fished YGK's G-Soul Tour Grade FC in basically two applications - on a drop shot setup or on a crankbait rod. It suited both applications very well most surprising of which was spooled on a Daiwa Millionaire CT SV70 mounted on a Megabass F4-74GTZ Biwako Guide Special. I originally spooled some 10lb test Tour Grade FC on this reel with the intent to fish some jigs and Texas rigged plastics, but other testing needs precluded those ideas and I ended up using the reel on a crankbait rod.


Tour Grade FC pairs nicely with Daiwa Japan's Millionaire CT SV70

Sometimes, changes in priorities lead to interesting discoveries. I really liked this line on that crankbait setup. It was sensitive, held up well to fishing around rocks and docks, and most importantly, my knots held up well throughout the day.


Testing out Megabass's new IXI Shad



YGK G-Soul Tour Grade Fluorocarbon Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A really smooth and consistent line off the filler spool 9
Performance Handles surprisingly well and has very good sensitivity and resistance to abrasion 8.5
Price $0.16/yd. for 12lb test on a 150 yd. spool (avg price for FC is $0.17/yd.) 7
Features One color and only available in limited sized filler spools 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Offered in a good array of strengths 7.5
Application A good choice for many different applications both vertical and horizontal bait 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:


+ Handles well - Filler spool sizes are inconsistent
+ Very good sensitivity - Gets pricey on a per yd price point the higher strength line you choose
+ Very good resistance to abrasion  


YGK's G-Soul Tour Grade FC performs well on both spinning and casting, but I particularly enjoyed it with this combo right here


Conclusion: YGK is another premium line company from across the pond in Japan trying to make their way over to stores and anglers in North America. Their sinking braid products are a good choice in finesse superlines their G-Soul Tour Grade FC is a nice companion to these lines either as a top shot or just straight up as a main line.


I was particularly happy about how YGK's G-Soul Tour Grade FC line performed on casting gear. It is just slightly more stiff than some of the easier handling fluorocarbons out there, but not significantly. It has really good sensitivity and abrasion to resistance and feels every bit a high end fluorocarbon product.


My only complaint about this line is the inconsistent size of those filler spools and the fact it's not available in bulk spools. It's tough to fill out an arsenal when you have to buy a few 100 - 200 yard at time. However, if your goal is just a couple premium setups, YGK's G-Soul Tour Grade FC is worth checking out.


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