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Fluorocarbon Coated Line vs. flourocarbon

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I was at BPS this morning and I saw a flourocarbon coated line, not sure what it was about but even the price of it is significantly lower than the regular flourocarbon line. I asked a staff member but all she could tell me was that if she was going to use flouro she will stick to the regular stuff, not much help there.

Has anyone used the coated flouro stuff?

here is a link to the line I saw, at $9:

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_8602_100017002_100000000_100017000_100-17-2

and the regular stuff, at $19.99:

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_89313_100017002_100000000_100017000_100-17-2

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My understanding from the below article is that the fluorocarbon coated is essentially nylon mono combined with fluorocarbon. I recently tried some of the P-line CX. It did seem like it has less stretch and more sensitivity than mono, but then again I haven't tried 100% fluoro yet so this increase could be only a fraction of what 100% provides.

bassresource.com/fishing/fluorocarbon_line.html

Fluorocarbon differences

To my knowledge there are only 3 factories in the world with the capabilities to manufacturer fluorocarbon line. Two of those factories are in Asia and the bulk of fluorocarbon lines come from these two Asian factories. The reasons why a lot of fluorocarbons fish exactly alike is because they are coming from the same exact factory. The other fluorocarbon factory is located in Germany and they manufacture the Triple fish brand of fluorocarbon. Some fluorocarbon lines handle better, some are stronger, some are more invisible under water than others and some are a copolymer of fluorocarbon meaning they have nylon filaments combined with fluorocarbon. My personal opinion on copolymer fluorocarbons is that by adding nylon filaments to fluorocarbon you are defeating the purpose of using 100% fluorocarbon. If you add nylon filaments to fluorocarbon you have just made the line more visible underwater and you have reduced the sensitivity of the line by adding more stretch to the line. You might as well just fish with 100% nylon monofilament since it's a cheaper line if you are going to use a fluorocarbon copolymer line.

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thanks for commenting Jim. I also was looking around and pretty much found the same info you did, flourocarbon coated line is a mixture of mono and regular flouro.

i would think it would be an upgrade to situations where I would use regular mono, I think I will still give it a shot in the future when I replace my mono is some of my reels.

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I use the 8lb CX Premium on my Crappie rigs, and it's a very manageable line with good knot strength.  I think RW tried some 15lb on his rigs....he might have an opinion for you.  

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