New Premium Lines at the Big
||Big Rock Show,
||Jan 4-7, 2010|
Introduction: The Big Rock Show offered dealers a few new lines
ranging from premium 100% fluorocarbon to updated braids. Two of most
interesting came from the well known Seaguar and PowerPro brands.
Dale Hightower shows us the ultra
premium new Seaguar Tatsu
Seaguar Tatsu: Tatsu has been available in
Japan for quite some time and has now been adapted for the U.S. market. "Tatsu"
- Japanese for Dragon is named this because of the properties of the mythical
beast which includes a fierce presence, stealth and virtual indestructibility. A
line with a name as formidable as this sure has a lot to live up to, but Tatsu
may be up to the challenge...
Seaguar uses two custom 100%
fluorocarbon resins extruded into one solid line
Seaguar constructs Tatsu with a "double structure"
of two custom 100% fluorocarbon resins extruded in one solid piece. The result
is a fluro line with a tough but soft exterior. The hard exterior resin improves
both tensile and knot strength while the line remains soft and pliable.
Tatsu will be Seaguar's highest
end fluorocarbon line
Tatsu is Seaguar's strongest and softest line yet
and is designed to be easy to manage while still able to deliver superior
sensitivity and abrasion resistance. Tatsu will be available in 200yd. spools
and each will retail for approximately 40 dollars and start arriving at US
e-tailers and retailers this week.
At the show we saw the slightly
yellowish Japanese version, the U.S. version will be more transparent
PowerPro: If you have bought a spool of
PowerPro lately you will have seen the company's "ez spool" packaging which
allows you to spool reels directly from the box, and there is even a built in
cutter to cut the line when done. This season PowerPro offers anglers a new
marine blue colored line in the ez spool package. This line was originally
developed for saltwater anglers but can also be used for inshore and freshwater
applications. The line is relatively hi-vis and good when paired with a
Marine Blue joins the PowerPro
A number of colors including Marine Blue will be
available in the new PowerPro "Hollow-Ace" series which is similar to the Toray
hollow braid we have tested in the past. PowerPro Hollow Ace makes use of a 16
spectra fiber construction for fingertrap splices. The braid features an
enhanced body technology process to create superior abrasion resistance and a
better strength to diameter ratio.
Marine Blue Hollow Ace line is
sold in huge spools for saltwater applications
Hollow Ace will be available in 6 sizes including
40, 60. 80, 100, 130 and 120lb, and all will be available in three colors,
white, hi-vis yellow, and Marine blue.
Want to learn how to splice the
Hollow Ace? PowerPro makes it easier with a kit that comes complete with needles
and an instructional video
Let's face it, the biggest barrier to adoption of
this technique is that it takes a long time for anglers unfamiliar with the
technique to set up the connection. For this reason Power Pro is trying to make it
easier with a complete Splice Kit which includes a demo video that walks anglers
through the step by step process, a daho needle set (8 needles), a 25 yard spool
of powerfloss, zap-a-gap adhesive, a bobbin tool, and an instructional booklet.
The entire kit costs 99.99 which is quite reasonable considering the needles
usually retail for 89 dollars alone.
Marc Mills shows us all the new
braided lines at PowerPro
The advantage of the Hollow Ace system include a
knotless connection that is strong enough to battle world class fish while
remaining completely seamless when casting or retrieving. The integrated leader
eliminates the need to hand line fish into gaff range, which can be
unpredictable and dangerous. In the past, wind-ons were bulky and stiff, causing
hang ups in the guides and outrigger clips. So will the mainstream angling
community finally embrace the hollow braid/hollow ace system? With this
all-in-one kit it has never been easier to try that's for sure.