Hey - I know this subject has been discussed at length, but I would like some fresh perspective from the walleye world here at WC. My sons are active in the Junior side of BASS (great program by the way). Anyway, they get the BASS mags. The current issue has a synopsis of what the Top 5 did at the Classic this year. Lots of flourocarbon used for all sort of applications, from finesse plastics with spinning gear to power fishing cranks with bait casters. All casting/pitching/flipping applications (no trolling allowed in BASS events). My perspective had been that flourocarbon made for a poor casting line, especially with spinning gear. I know some of these guys are paid to endorse certain products, but with $500 grand on the line, I can guarantee you they would not be using a product that would cause them problems during the tournament. Am I missing something? Some of the comments the BASS pros make is that flouro has lower stretch and sinks faster, so they feel they gain better lure control and sensitivity than mono. They also appreciate it's low visibility versus superlines.
Should I consider flouro for casting jigs, lindy rigging, etc..?
05-22-2007, 03:40 PM
Trer, I haven't used flourocarbon, but I have used P-line Flouroclear. It's a flourocarbon coated nylon/mono line. I like it. I've always used Trilene XL. I went to Canada for the first time last year and knew I had to try a different line. It was very durable, yet still was very castable. Low stretch and virtually invisible in the water. I was extremely happy. I'm not much of a finesse fisherman but this line helped me a lot. I'll be going up again in two weeks and I'll be using it again this year. Joe
PS It really is a great line for smallies and walleyes. It holds up well, especially when fishing around rocks and other cover.
05-23-2007, 06:38 AM
Used it on all my reels last year. Worked great in all applications. Just don't try to use it in cold weather. It seemed to get really stiff and hold memory below 45 degrees.
05-23-2007, 08:00 AM
I've used flouro for the past two years in Canada on spinning reels without a problem. I tried it a couple of years ago on a baitcaster and had awful results due to the increased stiffness of the line, so I went back to mono for that. I bring three spinning outfits to Canada and the breakdown is as follows:
#1 - 6'6" light rod with shimano sahara reel - one spool 6lb flouro and one spool 4lb mono
#2 - 6'6" med light rod with shimano symetre reel - one spool 6lb flouro and one spool 6lb mono
#3 - 6'6" med heavy rod with shimano sonora reel - one spool 6lb flouro and one spool 8lb mono
I have not had any serious issues with the flouro (Berkely Vanish) and do like the limited stretch properties when jigging or pitching into weeds. Be very careful when tying/cinching the knots. Make sure to wet it down very well and slowly cinch the knot.
The only other bit of advice is if you get your spools lined at a shop, make sure they don't overfill it. You'll end up just cutting it off on the water after the first cast.