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Line Review

 


A Quality FC Line from Hi-Seas : 100% Fluorocarbon

 

Date: 8/17/29
Tackle Type: Fishing Line
Manufacturer: Hi-Seas
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 8.08 - GREAT

Introduction:
It's been over ten years since we've taken a look at fishing line product from Hi-Seas. On a recent discussion with Jeff Kriet, he was touting the fishability of the company's fluorocarbon product. Kriet knows I'm pretty picky about my fluorocarbon line and he assured me the product from Hi-Seas is quality. I took him up on the recommendation and here now is our detailed look at Hi-Seas 100% Fluorocarbon fishing line.

 

Hi-Seas 100% Fluorocarbon Fishing Line Specifications

Line Type Fluorocarbon
Colors Available One
Colors Tested Natural
Line Weights 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 20
Line Weight Tested in Lab 12
Line Weights Fished 8, 10, 12
Country of Origin Portugal
MSRP $21.99 - $37.99 per 200yd Spool

 


Introducing Hi-Seas's 100% Fluorocarbon fishing line

 

Quality : First thing I do with any nylon monofilament, copoly, or fluorocarbon line these days is pull a length off of whatever filler or bulk spool I have and run it through my index finger and thumb. What I'm trying to determine is how smooth that line surface is along with how consistent it feels. Does the diameter or shape seem to vary or is it smooth and consistent all the way down. Sometimes the way the line is wound onto the filler spool can affect this quality test which is why we like it when a line is precision wound onto the spool.

 


The line is not precision wound but has a natural resin color

 

Hi-Seas's 100% Fluorocarbon is not precision wound onto the spool, but it is very consistent as you run it through your fingers. In fact, testing the line's diameter at 5 different spots along a good four or five feet of line reveals an average deviation in diameter of only 0.56% (average across the fluorocarbon lines in our FPI is 0.989%). Taking the mean of those five points reveals a diameter of 0.332 millimeters for the 12lb test. Hi-Seas advertises this strength of line at 0.31 millimeters.

 


Ready for some action on board a Quantum S3 Accurist spinning reel

 

Performance: Strapped up to The Machine for a series of measurements to determine the line's FPI (fluorocarbon performance index), we get a comparative score of 60. The average FPI across our test subjects in determining the index was 48.2, so as a whole, Hi-Seas scored very well during our lab tests.

 

TackleTour's Fluorocarbon Performance Index (FPI)

 

Quality (20 points)
Strength (30 points)
Stretch (10+ Points
Abrasion Cycles
F P I
 
PW
DIA
TS v RS
MS
KS v RS
KS v TS
STR
DR
Max Points
5
5
10
10
10
10
5+
5+
No Limit
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Hi-Seas 100% Fluorocarbon Fishing Line 12lb/ 0.33 mm dia)
0
4.4
6.9
4.9
8.0
6.3
3.3
10.5
15.7
60.0
FC Average (~0.30 mm dia)
2.8
3.9
8.2
4.5
6.5
7.1
2.8
4.2
14.9
48.2
PW = Precision Wound : DIA = Diameter : TS vs RS = Tested Strength vs Rated Strength : MS = Material Strength : KS vs RS = Knot Strength vs Rated Strength : KS v TS = Knot Strength vs Tested Strength : STR = Stretch : DR = Deformity : For a full explanation of our FPI table, please read our FPI Introduction article

Of course, good in the lab doesn't always translate to good out on the water, so I fished this line on a few different reels over the course of the last year to determine how it suited my needs. I fished the 8lb test on spinning gear and the 10 and 12 pound test on different casting reels. I started with the 12, but preferred the smaller diameter 10.


Hi-Seas's 100% Fluoro handles nicely on spinning and casting gear

Next Section: How well does Hi-Seas handle?

   

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