One reason braided line is more expensive than monofilament is because the process is a lot more complex and time consuming. Here's a good video detailing the process by which braids are made and colored.
Chances are, at some point, you might have wondered what, if any, are the differences between those short spools of fluorocarbon leader line and the larger traditional spools of fluorocarbon main lines? According to the folks at Seaguar, they are as follows:
Strength – While both are strong and will withstand the lb. test listed, leader is stronger over shorter lengths and is not designed to be a long, main line product. The main lines are designed to take the impact load over a much longer distance, transferred throughout the line.
Double Structure Technology – Our FC, FP, GM, and FX leader lines are all Double Structure (2 to 80 lb.), a Seaguar exclusive process that injects two different molten resins through a special die. The resins are extruded as one solid piece. The harder, inside resin contributes to the tensile strength, while the softer, outside resin creates greater knot strength. Our current main lines are single structure with the exception of TATSU, which is constructed like leader material and can be used as such.
Price – Leader is more difficult to produce because of double structure and the resins involved, therefore main line is less expensive and leader line costs more.
Resins – The resins in our main line are different than the resins in our leaders.
Lots of internet forum chatter on the subject of fishing lines, especially comparisons between fluorocarbon and nylon/copoly monofilaments, so I thought I'd revisit this study from several years back that I haven't seen anyone else mention yet. Results are from a test carried out by the German Standards Organization (TUV). The results were pretty interesting and confirmed some of what we’ve heard and/or read before concerning various research on fishing lines. There were a few new things though readers might find intriguing.
They tested 10 different brands of line based upon near equivalent diameters of .0098″, or what would most likely be considered 8 pound test in our country. These included many brands I had not heard of, or at least ones that aren’t readily available here, but there were some recognizable lines such as Trilene XL and Tectan. Highlights from the study included the following:
As for the testing, their basis in reasoning was that while lines are labeled by manufacturers based upon dry breaking strength, in actual fishing conditions you are almost always using a line with some degree of water absorption. Therefore, they soaked the lines for 2 hours before testing to show what they believe better reflects "actual" breaking strength on the water, and to demonstrate the degree to which the physical properties of monofilament change (degrade) with that absorption.
They did not test breaking strength of dry lines, but there are numerous other test results on the Net showing those, and they reflect a breaking strength typically much more than the stated/labeled strength. One of the points they (German study) were trying to make in the article is that with some lines, it is not unusual to lose as much as 45-50% strength (both rated and/or actual) due to the affects of water absorption.
OK, so if you're not much of a science person, some of this might get lost in translation. Even so, you'll have to "make a leap" if you will to see where I'm going with this. This video demonstrates the impact forces and shock loading of nylon vs. Dyneema/Spectra harnesses. In our case, think monofilament vs. superlines. A few more hints:
There is a lot of great info that can be leveraged here in terms of strengths and weaknesses of how various fishing lines will perform or react. If the video doesn't make sense, there is also a small write-up with the same basic info and charts to peruse. It touches on a few other points not mentioned in the video like the differences in melting points (think knot tying and poor lubrication). You can find the written stuff at: How to Break Nylon & Dyneema Slings.
SHIMANO ANNOUNCES SPECIAL PRE-ICAST SHOW RELEASE OF NEW CITICA I SERIES BAITCASTING REELS
IRVINE, Calif. – 2015 Introduction – Available Mid-June 2015 –
Anglers looking for both proven and its new baitcasting reel technology are now offered the new Citica I series reels, including the CI-200HG and left-hand retrieve 201HG with 7.2:1 gear ratios, and the CI-200 and 201 (left-hand) with 6.3:1 gear ratios. With its official introduction planned for the upcoming 2015 ICAST Show on July 14-17, a limited number of reels are now available from tackle dealers nationwide.
First offered in reels including the Antares, Metanium and Curado, the new Citica I reels feature Shimano’s ‘Hagane’ design concept. With the toughness provided by a rigid, impact resistant Hagane body, angler strength is transformed into cranking power to help land big bass, or in the salt for redfish and sea trout. Anglers also are provided with X-Ship technology for smooth retrieves, plus they can achieve long casts with Shimano’s S3D spool for balance and reduced vibration. Shimano’s SVS Infinity braking system provides easy-to-manage centrifugal brake performance for precision casting adjustments.
All four reels weigh in at 7.4-ounces, and will handle from 190 yards of 30-pound test to 80 yards of 65-pound test PowerPro braid.
Introducing the newest generation of PowerPro® using the latest Technology in Spectra® fiber. The new PowerPro “Maxcuatro™” is 25% thinner than existing PowerPro lines with equivalent strength. With a 4-End construction made with the newest Honeywell Spectra® HT fiber, Maxcuatro™ optimizes your casting distance while increasing your reel’s capacity.
* A spool of Maxcuatro will be part of the Jared Lintner prize package, along with half dozen Jackall lures. More on Jackall tomorrow.
Thanks to the good folks at Shimano and Jackall, we're ready to do another contest, this time during the upcoming BASSfest event which begins Wednesday on Kentucky Lake. Jared Lintner is one of 124 anglers ready to try and take this years title. Jared is also sponsored by both Jackall and Shimano, and the winner will receive a new spool of Power Pro Maxcuatro line along with half a dozen Jackall baits, including the square-billed ASKA. In order to win this contest, you will need to give your best guess for both Jared's final place of finish (out of 124) as well as his final weight as listed by Bassmaster at the end of the event. We will take the difference between your guesses and his actual, then combine them to get a single score. The person who has the best overall score (the lowest total of the two differences) will win a Jackall and Shimano prize pack.
As an example, if you guess Jared as 30th place with 30 pounds, and he actually finishes 20th place with 40 pounds, you are off 10 places and 10 pounds. Your combined score would be 20. If no one gets a better (lower) combined score, you win.
Simply go to the Big Indiana Bass Facebook Page and enter your guess beginning immediately as a comment in the contest thread. Only one entry per person. Guesses close Tuesday evening, so hurry up. Watch this site as we'll be featuring some of the new products from both Jackall and Shimano over the next couple days - and good luck!
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Thanks to our friends over at Shimano, one lucky reader is going to win a brand new Shimano Curado of their choice next week. Here is all you have to do to enter. The next Elite Series event begins Thursday, April 9 down on Lake Guntersville. Timing could make this a slugfest. Shimano pro Jonathon VanDam will be one of those competing next week that you'll want to follow. Simply take your best guess at what JVD's final weight for the event will be, then go over to the Big Indiana Bass Facebook Page and enter your guess as a "comment" in the contest thread. Who ever guesses closest will win. Enter both pounds and ounces (e.g., 15 pounds = 15-00, 10 pounds 5 ounces = 10-05, etc.) If there is more than one correct guess, those persons names will go in a drawing, and one randomly pulled name from the group will be the winner. All guesses must be in before Thursday launch when the guessing closes. Only one guess per person (multiple guesses will be deleted).
Will JVD make the Top 50 cut to fish Day 3? Will he make the Final cut to Day 4? Will he break 100 pounds? Take your best guess and maybe you'll be the winner.
ANGLERS ‘GET MORE’ IN NEW SHIMANO CURADO I SERIES REELS – LONG-TIME ‘GO-TO’ REELS FEATURE LATEST TECHOLOGY
IRVINE, Calif. – 2014 Introduction – Now Available - Among avid anglers going back more than 20 years, the Shimano Curado has become the standard baitcasting reel to use for nearly any bass fishing technique – along with other freshwater and inshore saltwater action. As new Shimano technology immerged, the Curado reels evolved with those new features. Anglers now get the most from Shimano with the next Curado reels, the new Curado I series, now available in five models – the Curado CU200PG, CU200, CU200HG, and left-hand retrieve CU201 and 201HG.
By offering multiple gear ratios in the reels – the 200PG has a slower 5.5:1 gear ratio, the 200 and 201 have a 6.3:1 ratio, and the 200HG and 201HG have a fast 7.2:1 gear ratio, “anglers have the right reel for the baits they are using,” said Robby Gant with Shimano’s product development staff, “plus the benefits from our latest baitcasting reel technology including SVS Infinity Braking System, S3D Stabile Spool Design and X-Ship.”
Relying on ‘inner friction’ to provide consistent brake force, Shimano’s innovative SVS Infinity braking system provides easy-to-manage, consistent spool control and brake force on the new Curado I series baitcasting reels. With brake weights using ‘inner friction’ against the raceway during the cast, SVS Infinity controls spool speed especially when using lighter lures, plus the external adjustment knob provides for quick, precise adjustments for either the conditions or when you switch baits.
For “an incredibly smooth feel when casting and retrieving lures, anglers will notice how our Stabile Spool Design (S3D) has a tremendous effect reducing spool vibration,” Gant said. He explains that S3D technology enables Shimano to construct a thin wall aluminum spool to provide better balance.
X-Ship is all about gear durability, and how it enhances casting performance for longer casts and when using lighter lures. “With X-Ship, we support the pinion gear on both ends with bearings, keeping it in precise alignment with the drive gear even under heavy loads,” said Gant. “It’s proven technology from our Tranx and Calcutta D series – reels primarily used with big baits to target big fish. As anglers have always expected from our Curado reels, they are ready to handle every day, every weekend on the water use.”
To cast lures like bigger crankbaits and spinnerbaits – and to work more water, the Curado 200PG retrieves 23-inches of line per crank. The CU200 and 201 can provide more versatile use – jigs, small crankbaits, lipless cranks, jerkbaits and swimbaits – while retrieving 26-inches of line per crank. Anglers can expect 30-inches of line retrieved per crank to come tight quick when fishing worms and jigs with CU200HG and 201HG. All five Curado I reels handles from 190 yards of 30-pound test to 80 yards of 65-pound PowerPro braid (or up to 110 yards of 14-pound mono).
With five S-ARB anti-rust ball bearings, and a one-way roller bearing for absolutely no handle backplay, the Curado I also include proven Shimano feature including Super Free and Super Stopper, a Cross Carbon Drag, and an Offset Handle Design.
“The Curado standard continues with these new reels,” Gant said. “We realize anglers have special expectations with our Curado reels, and we fulfill our ‘Get More’ goal with these new reels and the new Shimano technology now featured in them. From the first series going back to 1991, our goal is to always to exceed the expectations anglers have in us and their Curado reels.”