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TackleTour's Fluorocarbon Showdown Sequel!! (continued)
 

Knots: Finally, the last remaining issue for us with the fluorocarbon lines, before making the decision on which products to really spool up and go fishing with, is what knot or knots to use? In Part I of our Fluorocarbon Showdown, we used the popular palomar knot exclusively. We tested each lines' strength with this knot and compared it against tested tensile values. What we found was all but one of our test subjects, including our baseline Trilene XL, fell below 90% knot strength when compared to the tested strength of the line. Disappointing to say the least so we're left to question, was it the line or was it the knot? We hear quite consistently that the palomar is not the best knot to use with FC lines, but we also hear that FC lines have terrible knot strength. So which is it?
 

FC's, it would appear, are not just bad with the palomar knots. We took used one of our more expensive lines to conduct this knot test and we couldn't get a single one to perform above 80% let alone 90% of the line's tested breaking strength
 

We selected one, unnamed, but higher priced product out of our test batch and put it through the wringer with five different knots: the improved clinch; the palomar; the san diego jam; the trilene; and the uni. Each knot was tied, carefully, five times and measured for strength with this one specific product. We then threw out the high and low numbers and compared the average of the three remaining breaking strengths for each knot against this particular product's tested breaking strength and charted it above. The result? Not too far off from our original assessment in part one. Not one of the knots rated within 90% of this line's tested breaking strength. Ouch. It would appear the claims that fluorocarbons lines have poor knot strength may indeed be true.
 

TackleTour Fluorocarbon Showdown II Knot Tests (Kg)

Brand : Make
1
2
3
% of Line's Actual Breaking Strength
Improved Clinch
6
5
5.75
78%
Palomar
5.25
5
5.25
72%
San Diego Jam
5
5
5.25
71%
Trilene
4.5
5
5
67%
Uni
5
4.75
5
69%


 

TackleTour Fluorocarbon Showdown Summary

Test / Marketing Claim
Yes
No
Inconclusive (Comments)
Better abrasion resisance than Trilene XL (combined wet and dry tests)
X
The Trilene XL had very poor comparative abrasion results when wet
Material Strength
Depends greatly on the brand : 6 of 14 were equal or greater than Trilene XL
Fluorocarbons have poor knot strength
X
Fluorocarbons are virtually invisible underwater
X
Fluorocarbons have less stretch than Trilene XL
X
Except for a few exceptions, stretch tests were the comparable
Fluorocarbons are subject to permanent deformity (strain) under load
X
Surprisingly, only one product from our test batch showed no effects of strain

 

Conclusion: Have we burst the fluorocarbon bubble? Perhaps so, perhaps not. What we have shown for certain is that fluorocarbon isn't perfect, but then again, what fishing line, or product is? More importantly, we've shown not all fluorocarbon lines are created equal. Some, like the Seaguar Invisx actually have very good knot strength, but this same line has terrible stretch performance. Others, like Sunline Shooter FC is great against stretch, but faired poorly in our knot strength test. Our invisibility tests were inconclusive and the strain results were troubling. We say enough with the lab. It's time to take these tests to the next level and experience both the good and the bad of fluorocarbon on the water to see what the true redeeming qualities of these individual products might be. Certainly, not all fluorocarbons are created equal, but we're now prepared to go out and discover which versions, if any, are worth the expense.

 

 

                                     

 

 

   

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