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Great Article on Flourocarbon line....

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That was a pretty good read. I'll have to try some Stren or Trilene on my one rod and InvisX on the other, and try to fish them side by side. That article definitely makes me wonder if the InvisX is worth the extra money.

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From the looks of those tests, BPS line, Berkley transition and the Pline Halo fared the best.

That certainly makes me less likely to start spooling more reels with Flouro.  The knot strength tests were really eye opening.

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After reading a number of articles about FC and seeing some friends' experiences with it, I don't think I'll ever use it.  It's disadvantages and problems seem to be greater than any perceived advantages.

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I tend to be real careful about what I read and how I take it. I have also read this article and it left me with a lot of unanswered questions about there testing tactics. For one, I have spooled with BPS floro and found it to be junk compared to Stren, Carbon Pro and Invis-X. The other thing that bothered me was the fact  that they only tested smaller pound tests. The thicker the line, the more difference there is in performance.

Look at the knot test, if you tie the knot properly and moisten it, you should not have a problem. Cutting and retieing after abrasions, snags and hook sets, then playing quality sized fish carefully should reduce most knot breakages. I have had one breakage on floro and that was during prefishing when I was too lazy to retie. Never had another problem.

Second area of testing was the stretchability. They say it stretched as much as the Berkley mono. The thing they didn't emphasize was that once the floro stretches, it doesn't bounce back like mono does. So after the first initial stretching of floro, it becomes less stretchy. Just some of my thoughts!

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Thing with the stretch of flouro is that yes it does not stretch as much after the initial stretching, two things come to mind about this when thinknig back to my work with the stress tester we had in all my engineering classes...

1)That initial stretch doesnt happen imediately... under normal fishing conditions the 30 yards of so that may be actually used during a trip or two will probably never reach its maximum stretch limit, unless you are using small diameter for heavy applications... (i.e. towing a skier, pulling stumps...)

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2)If you were to use the line for a long enough time to reach its stretch limit, this limit is also very close to its breaking point, so once the line has been stretched it has now been weakend quite a fair bit.

This is of course, just my take on a subject I have no acutal professional training in, but I did have four years of classes that we did study all this, albeit it was detailing mostly with metals so all this stuff I am typing may be honky if nylon, co-po's, and flouro stress detailings are different.

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It's hard to say because neither of us are experts with floro. But I would have to say that if it is not reaching its maximum stretch rate, that is kind of what you are looking for, isn't it? I don't want it to stretch. I could see the pound test rating lowering after it is stretched out, but I can definitely testify to the fact that it remains very strong and tough to break. Even more so than mono in my experience.

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Here's my NEW 2 cents on this article:

I was fishing a relatively new and unused spool of InvisX this Sunday, and I noticed a real lack of hook setting power. I lost quite a few bass because the hook wasn't set, and I was doing everything the same. On my other and older spool of InvisX, I haven't been having this problem lately. IF this article is true, and new flourocarbon is very stretchy at first but gets less stretchy as it is used, that would account for the lack of hook setting power in the new spool. If I get the chance to go this coming Sunday, I will be using some 8# Stren mono instead of my 8# InvisX. If all goes well, I might be saying "buh bye" to InvisX and flouro in general, as I was not happy on Sunday.

Another possibility is that I'm not used to my new Loomis yet, but I didn't have any problems setting the hook last week with the older spool of InvisX on the same setup.

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I think it is also worthy to note that they compared it to only one brand and type of mono. Hardly a concrete comparison in my opinion. And also, although I am a big Berkley Powerbait fan, I am not a fan of their lines. To me the article and testing is very incomplete. I say that also because I have used InvisX all year and I love it.

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