Berkley will unveil a new line technology when it launches NanoFil in June. I can assure you, there is simply nothing else like it.
You haven't heard of NanoFil because this is the first authorized release of information on it, but you can bet that in the coming weeks and months there will be plenty of buzz.
I've been fishing/field testing NanoFil for several months, a span that included a Midwest bass/walleye/pike/panfish outing with Berkley's head of line, Clay Norris and Joe Meyer, head of superlines.
Neither Clay nor Joe shared much information on the line prior to the trip, other than to let me know we'd be field testing a new concept in fishing lines. First impressions are hard to break and so is this line. NanoFil feels and handles much like a supple mono, but with performance characteristics of a braid. However, it's neither a mono nor a braid.
NanoFil line is round and so smooth it feels almost slippery. Initially, I was concerned about knot strength/slippage so I used the Double Palomar with solid results for attaching lure to line. Not once during testing of the line did I experience a single knot failure.
If you must define NanoFil, it is the world's first Uni-Filament fishing Line. It features hundreds of Dyneema® nanofilaments and through a process of molecularly linking and shaping, offering incredible strength per diameter and superb sensitivity. The name NanoFil reflects the line's DNA. Nano means tiny, minuscule, microscopic. For example, a nanosecond is one-billionth of a second.
NanoFil is so thin it's unquestionably built for spinning reels. On the spool the line looks more white than translucent, but off the spool it looks more clear than opaque.
What I was completely unprepared for was the flat-out castability ... I nearly killed a squirrel on my first cast. NanoFil is unquestionably the best casting line I've ever used. While testing I've launched everything from 1/64-ounce jigs to 1/2-ounce crankbaits with it (mostly using 8-pound break strength which offers about the diameter of 2-pound mono). Actual casting distances were not recorded, but you can fully expect to increase your casting distance over mono by 1/3 or more. In some cases with a stiff wind at my back and a crankbait on the line I felt spool-clearing casts were actually possible (but never achieved).
At first, I had trouble adjusting to the greater distances. Several of my first casts ended up on shore or deep in the weeds, but after awhile I made an important adjustment...I moved the boat farther from shore!
With near zero stretch, hooksets were rock solid, and part of the testing process involved hoisting bass, walleyes and pike to nearly four pounds directly into the boat to see if we could get the line to fail. It didn't.
NanoFil diameters will make it easier to downsize offerings to today's educated fish, and its thin diameter will make it easier to fish farther, deeper and faster than ever before. I've also noticed the line's diameter makes it act line a buzz-saw in cover...it cuts through grass unlike any other line I've fished.
When NanoFil hits the shelves of your local tackle dealers this June, you'll find it available in 150-, 300- and 1,500-yard spools, and the following pound tests: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12. The only color available will be translucent "Clear Mist." The package will look like the image above.
It has been awhile since a new product introduction left me slack jawed and weak kneed, however, Nanofil does both.