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Our Long Overdue Look at Seaguar's Tatsu Fluorocarbon Line (continued)

 

Manageability: The ultimate test of any fluorocarbon line's manageability is how well it handles on spinning gear versus casting gear. Of course, when using fluorocarbon line on spinning gear, you're typically going to downsize in rating (i.e. use something around 8lb test or below) and these lower test diameters are always more manageable than the thicker diameters. Just the same, we've all used plenty of lighter rated fluorocarbons on spinning gear that just did not want to stay on that spool!

 


Clarity is excellent with this line.

Tatsu is very manageable no matter if you're using it on spinning gear or casting gear and it's one of the primary reasons we, as a staff, are so fond of the line. It's a high end fluorocarbon that handles extremely well.

Performance Ratings for Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon

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
4
5
5
4
22
25
8.8

 


Fishing cranks with 12lb Tatsu on an Abu Garcia Morrum.

Features: Tatsu, like most fluorocarbons, is only available in one color - clear. When it was first introduced to the North American market, it came in the materials natural color, a very subtle amber/yellow kind of tint. Seaguar has since run the material through a purification process to bleach out that natural fluorocarbon color because it hurt sales - nevermind that this purification process probably weakens the line. I much preferred its original color as it looked more high end on your fishing reel.


Bait finessing with a Shimano Brenious and 6lb Tatsu.

Another thing we really like about Tatsu is Seaguar makes it available in two spool sizes, a 200 yard filler spool and a 1000 yard bulk spool. There aren't many high end fluorocarbon lines you can purchase in a bulk spool primarily because these spools are so expensive, but if you're as committed to your line as we are and an enthusiast, you appreciate the availability of these larger sized spools.

Features Ratings for Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon

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
3
1
2
1
8
13
6.15

Design & Ergonomics: Tatsu does have some memory if left on the spool for long periods of time without use but it's easily cleared out with a good pull on the line and it's better than average when compared to other higher end fluorocarbon lines. Additionally it lasts a long time on your spool not breaking down in the sun. In fact, most of the time, when replacing Tatsu on one of my reels, it's mostly due to either line twist on a spinning reel or the fact I have to test a different fishing line on a casting reel.


Tatsu used to come with a slight yellow/amber tint but Seaguar now extracts that natural color and ships Tatsu clear.

In terms of Tatsu's diameter overall, it is typically on the thin side when compared to some of the US brands and comes with a more typical JDM rating where the lines are more accurately rated to a given diameter. Clarity of the line, is very good and holds true even after being exposed to the sun for long periods of time.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon

Memory (1-5)
Longevity (1-5)
Dia per Rated Strength (1-3)
Clarity (1-3)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
5
2
3
14
16
8.75

 

 


Personally, I preferred that natural tint in Tatsu - it reinforced the high end status of the line.

 

Applications: The only application for which Tatsu is below average is topwater. Everything else it supports extremely well - including moving bait applications. Tatsu is a rare high end fluorocarbon in that it has some stretch to it and can absorb the impact of a bass striking your lure similar to a monofilament yet it maintains all the other aspects of resistance to abrasion, sensitivity, etc., that set most high end fluorocarbon apart.

 


The only application for which Tatsu isn't suited is topwater but even then, move your bait fast enough and you'll be okay.

 

Application Ratings for Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon

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)
3
3
3
1
3
13
15
8.67

 

Ratings:

Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality It feels high end out of the package 10
Performance Excellent handling characteristics 8.8
Price $0.25/yd for 12lb test on the 200 yd spool ... not the most affordable line on the market - and not by a long shot. But pretty fair for a high end FC line. 6
Features Pretty no frills other than being a pure fluorocarbon line 6.15
Design (Ergonomics) Excellent handling and longevity 8.75
Application Really good for just about everything other than topwater 8.67

Total Score

8.06
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
+ Super manageable - Bring back the natural finish!
+ Excellent knot strength - high end comes at a price - as usual
+ Excellent sensitivity  
+ Did we mention manageable?  

  

Conclusion: We've never touted our method of rating fishing lines with our performance indexes as being perfect. Rather, they are the most sensible way we could devise to compare lines made from similar materials to one another. Having said that, Seaguar Tatsu is the highest rated fluorocarbon line according to our FPI. It accumulated an overall score of 67.1. The next highest fluorocarbon line in our index is Megabass's DragonCall at 62.5. No other fluorocarbon line breaks 60 - even one of my personal favorites, Sunline Shooter (56.5) or Toray Premium Hi-Grade (56.5).

 


Tatsu is one product that topped out both in the lab and on the water and is why it wins our Editor's Choice Award.

 

But of course, acknowledging that our index system isn't perfect, we go the extra step to fish the line in order to validate or invalidate our findings. We are, afterall, all about real world experiences. Seaguar Tatsu is about as real as it gets with a high end fluorocarbon and is on our shortlist of fishing lines we've come to rely upon. If you can get by the expense of this line, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. .

 

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