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Last year, I spent the day out on the
water with Elite Angler Skeet
Reese and we talked about line
selection for various techniques.
He told me he rarely, if
ever, uses monofilament anymore.
Even for things like
spinnerbaits where monofilament is often used
reasons, he'd rather use fluorocarbon. For topwaters,
the more modern approach to using braid on a glass rod.
and more top anglers are moving away from mono, just like
Quite honestly, monofilament isn't nearly as useful
as it once was.
Fluorocarbons today are just as manageable as
If you currently have coiling problems with
fluoro, it's most
likely brand-related. The good fluorocarbons
don't give you
problems these days like they did just 2-3 years
I'll get to what the "good brands" are in a second.
What about Co-Polymers?
Co-Polymers are essentially
hybrid lines (ie. A mixture of two or
problem is most people think copolymer lines are a mixture of
and monofilament, which isn't true.
A Co-Polymer can be a
mixture of anything. It could simply be a
mixture of 3 different
kinds of fluorocarbon.
I think what most questions about
copolymers are about are the
"fluorocarbon coated" lines.
coated lines are marketed as having mono-like "handling", but
an outer fluorocarbon coating, which helps it be less visible
the coating certainly helps "some"... it's just a partial
to what a full fluoro line offers.
I suggest using full
fluorocarbon lines or full monofilament. They
may be marketed as
"middle-ground" versatile lines, but I'm here to
tell you that
full fluorocarbon is better in almost every instance
=> What brand fluorocarbon lines are
There are two brands that are a notch above the
I have tried a lot of brands and one I like is Bass Pro Shop's XPS
Fluorocarbon lines. I've fished with
this for a couple years now
with great success.
continued to try different brands out of curiosity and found one
was even better than XPS...
That brand is Seaguar. Seaguar makes AbrazX and
Tatsu), their top performing fluorocarbons. All are
I use both a lot and don't really favor one
over the other too much.
Bass Pro Shops runs awesome deals
every now and then for its XPS
Fluorocarbon line, so I'll try to
take advantage of sweet deals when
you want the cat's meow, Seaguar makes the best in my opinion.