Can anybody recommend a decent fluorocarbon mainline that is not toooo expensive?
I think memory will be the issue with some Tim, which is the gamble. Perhaps we're getting to the point now where there are a few more options around. Some of the bove do sound interesting. Traditionally for the past few years, fluorocarbon mainlines are only actually fluoro coated - to solve the stiffness/memory issues and get them to stay on the spool.What's the problem with fleuro apart from the expense? Memory? I've got a spare spool itching to be filled. I been using Tubertini and I can't find anything wrong with it, 'tis my 1st experience of the stuff tho, so I can't gauge it against anything else.
Yes indeed, fluorocarbon handles considerably better on baitcasting reels.Another interesting thread.
I have never used flourocarbon as a mainline having never felt that there would be any advantage in the types of fishing I do. What I have noticed are trends from other types of related fishing. For example:
For freshwater bass fishing, judging by what I seen in magazine articles and websites, flourocarbon is popular as a mainline on baitcasting reels for many applications due to abrasion resistance. In finesse bass fishing it is used in preference to braid likely due to visibility perhaps but presentation must be unaffected.
For Australian bream, the predominant setup is braid with a flourocarbon or mono leader. When the fishing is hard though many anglers switch to flouro as light as 2lb fished direct.
For Heavy Rockfish, they use flourocarbon straight through or braid mainline with a flouro leader. For light rockfish, the same setups.
Not sure what brands are used as that is likely very country specific. Digging around on their respective forums may shed more light as to why even though the properties of each line are fairly well known.
Sometimes there are likely specific advantages, other times it looks like it could be as simple as personal preference.
There are a few other things to it as well Rob. In fact, for me, unless you're proper finesse fishing) its visability is the last of a few things I consider important. Obviously this is only my understanding of the theory having not tried it on a reel, but....If the lack of stretch is a myth, is there any reason why mono reel line with a fluoro leader wouldn't work? It would be cheaper, still have good abrasion resistance (and more replacable due to cost), the leader would retain it's invisibility advantage and the mono would settle nicely on the spool.
Or am I missing the point?
You need to remember that not all fluorocarbon lines are 100% if indeed ANY are.If the lack of stretch is a myth, is there any reason why mono reel line with a fluoro leader wouldn't work? It would be cheaper, still have good abrasion resistance (and more replacable due to cost), the leader would retain it's invisibility advantage and the mono would settle nicely on the spool.
Or am I missing the point?
I agree.We perhaps have a pre-conceived idea that fluorocarbon should be stiff, hard and have little stretch (perhaps just because this is what the original versions were like).