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Line Review


Is Maxima Ultragreen Really the Best by Test? (continued)

Abrasion: Ultragreen is also more abrasion resistant than typical nylon monofilaments, and again, that's likely due to how stiff the line is. This is another area where it almost feels like a fluorocarbon line, and of course it does so without the added expense.

Knot Strength: In the lab, Ultragreen's knot strength tested at 72% of the line's tested tensile strength and I encountered no issues with knots breaking prematurely out on the water.


The spool itself is pretty no frills with no clips to hold the tag end of what remains on the spool if you don't use it all up initially.

Manageability: I mentioned earlier how Ultragreen handles like a fluorocarbon and it does. It's very stiff and not nearly as supple as a nylon monofilament. This could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your application. Either way, it's definitely something to keep in mind and a necessary trade off if you want to benefit from the line's sensitivity.

Performance Ratings for Maxima Ultragreen

Cast/ Pitch (1-5)
Sensi-tivity (1-5)
Abrasion (1-5)
Knot Strength (1-5)
Manage-ability (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
5
4
4
3
20
25
8.0

Features: As far as we know, Maxima Ultragreen is only available in one color and that's a sort of translucent mossy green - hence its name. It is easily procured in spools of 220-280yds depending on the line rating, on up to 660yds as a more bulk spool option. Ultragreen's packaging is pretty basic and there are no special clips on the spool to hold the line's tag end or cases to hold the spool of line when not in use.

Features Ratings for Maxima Ultragreen

Colors (1-3)
Spool Sizes (1-3)
Coatings (1-2)
Package Features (1-3)
Spool Clip (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
1
2
1
1
1
6
13
4.61

Design & Ergonomics: As one might expect, given the line's stiff handling characteristics, Ultragreen is not very good in the line memory department - meaning it has too much memory. Even when freshly spooled on a reel the day or night before, on those first few casts the next morning, the line coils up like a spring. However, this does not seem to hamper performance. It's a tough with good clarity that doesn't get milky over time. It holds up well over several fishing trips. You definitely get your money's worth with Ultragreen.


Ultragreen is very memory intensive. This is what the line looks like the next morning after spooling it on your reel.

We noted earlier that this line broke at 72% of its rated strength. What we failed to mention until now is that the average breaking strength of our 10lb test Ultragreen in the lab was 15lbs. Many readers' initial reaction will be "Wow! That's some strong line!" to which we will counter, this is actually 15lb test line marketed as 10lb. This explains why the line's diameter is so thick for 10lb test - because it isn't! We'd much prefer the line were rated properly rather than foster the illusion it's stronger than its rating.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Maxima Ultragreen

Memory (1-5)
Longevity (1-5)
Dia per Rated Strength (1-3)
Clarity (1-3)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
2
4
1
3
10
16
6.25

 


One spool of line (220yds) filled two reels - here with the Abu Garcia Orra SX.

 

Applications: As a copolymer line, Maxima is a very good choice in all purpose applications. However, we'd recommend paying close attention to the line's rating and diameter. This may not matter much with vertical presentation baits and heavy cover situations, but in cases like topwater and finesse fishing, this could have a huge impact. Additionally, given the line's handling characteristics and intensive memory, finesse applications may not be it's best application.

 

Application Ratings for Maxima Ultragreen

Moving Baits (1-3)
Jig Style Baits (1-3)
Heavy Cover (1-3)
Topwater (1-3)
Finesse Fishing (1-3)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
2
3
3
2
1
11
15
7.33

 

Ratings:

Maxima Ultragreen Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality It would have done much better of wound more carefully on the spool so as not to compromise its shape and if rated properly 5
Performance Despite the quality issues, the line performs well 8
Price 220yd spool = $0.05/yd ... avg = $0.04/yd 7
Features Pretty basic line and packaging 4.61
Design (Ergonomics) Pretty memory intensive 6.25
Application Ultragreen is a good choice in a general purpose fishing line 7.33

Total Score

6.36
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Handles like a fluorocarbon without the cost - Line is not rated properly
+ Good sensitivity - Consistency off the spool is not very good
+ Good resistance to abrasion - It is memory intensive

  

 


I may be critical of this line, but now knowing what to expect when I buy it, I still rather enjoy using it.

 

Conclusion: It may seem like we're being overly harsh on Ultragreen, but believe it or not, I really liked using it. Perhaps because I'm a fan of the difficult to handle fluorocarbons, but it reminds me a lot of those high end fluorocarbons without the added cost. The line also held up very well in our lab tests scoring slightly above average in our new MCPI. While there are some definite consistency issues with Ultragreen fresh off the spool, if you're looking for a sensitive, tough, long lasting fishing line that won't break the bank, Maxima certainly fills the bill.

 

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