Yo-Zuri Hybrid review.
Info-Sizes used – 8, 10, 12, 15
Yo-Zuri hybrid is a line that’s very popular here on the Bass Resource boards. Now I’ve been here for a while, and sat here for far too long to have not tried it. I’ve recently acquired some varying line sizes for my personal fishing pleasure. I’ve been using Yo-Zuri very heavily for the past 2 months, and occasionally using mono and fluorocarbon lines for comparisons sake. Want to know what I thought?
First off, let me start off by saying the price on this product is superb. When you can buy 600 yds. for $13-20, that’s a deal you’ll never see with a Premium fluorocarbon, considering they run about $20 for 200 yds. For the price, it’s very easy to pick this line for an upgrade over mono, or a cheaper alternative for fluorocarbon lines.
When I first peeled a few yards off of the spools, I could tell the memory on this line would not be a huge issue. However, when jumping from 12 to 15 lb. test, I felt there was a large jump in the memory of the product. I am very wary of going any higher than 15 lb., even with a nice dose of KVD L&L, the memory on the 15 lb. was just too much for my tastes, and many premium fluorocarbon lines have equal or less memory than this. But this is where it gets better folks, 12 lbs. and below are some very nice handling lines. Nice and supple, with relatively low memory compared to fluorocarbon lines. And once you put a couple sprays of KVD L&L on, the line really shines and comes to life.
Not much to say about it, except that I’ve never had a knot fail on me. And until I do, I can’t really rate a product on knot strength. I think it’s more about how good you are at tying knots, and the type of knot used. However, I used the Uni knot and snell exclusively.
If you want probably the best strength-to-diameter line out there (Other than Superlines), Yo-Zuri really takes the cake. The 12# line breaks at a whopping 19.5 lbs. on average, which is really just incredible. And lets not forget this is with a relatively average line diameter per the lines rated strength of 12 lb.
While this line is not a 100% fluoro, this line isn’t amazing in sensitivity, but I did not expect it to be other-worldly. When fishing bottom contact techniques, I could feel difference in bottom contour, and decipher cover; however it did take some feel and was not an instant recognition like I feel with a good Fluoro. But is it close? Yes. I thought the sensitivity was actually better than I thought it would be, considering its price tag. If you don’t want to spend $20 for a spool of line, this is your answer.
Lasting- Other than a few snags and hang-ups, I have had no need to change line on any of my reels. However, a few months isn’t all that much and I will see based on how it holds up, but so far, my expectations are very high.
I really enjoyed fishing this line in the various sizes, and I was pleasantly surprised by how this line performed. The memory was very respectable in the sizes under 15 lb., and the sensitivity was much more than I expected for the price tag of this line. However, for bottom contact techniques, I’ll still take a 100% fluoro line. What will I continue to use this line for? I really like it for moving baits, where a mono is traditionally used, but you want to use a fluoro for added depth and sensitivity. I found that for crank baits I really enjoyed using the 10# and the 12# for spinner baits. However, if you care about line sinking with top water, this line does. But I could care less If my line sinks on top water. Gives it a little different action
Final Rating 8.5/10 – a BASSclary Writer’s Pick
The views expressed in this review are solely those of Collin Clary’s (BASSclary) and may or may not reflect those of BassResource staff and/or members.