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Line Review


The Baseline Nylon Monofilament : Stren Original (continued)

Features: Stren Original is available in four different colors to help cover a pretty wide range of applications and species. Spool sizes range from 100 yard filler spools on up to super bulk spools of 2,400 yards It doesn't get more versatile than that.
 


The filler spools don't come with a clip to keep the tag end of remaining line in check, but this tape is reusable.

The line itself comes with a UV Guard coating to help extend the life of your line once spooled onto your reel. The 330 yard filler spools and packaging are typical no frills with nothing other than some reusable tape on the spool to keep the tag end of any remaining line in check while in storage.

Features Ratings for Stren Original

Colors (1-3)
Spool Sizes (1-3)
Coatings (1-2)
Package Features (1-3)
Spool Clip (1-2)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
3
2
1
1
10
13
7.69

Design & Ergonomics: Stren Original stores on your fishing reel relatively well. Memory can be an issue during the first couple of casts, but it stretches out easily even when the line is not freshly spooled. I fished this line spooled on a couple different reels over the course of a year without having the need to respool. Longevity of this line is very good as is its clarity.


As with all nylon monofilament, memory can be an issue, but it's not too bad with Stren Original.

The average tensile strength of our 10lb test measured out in the lab at 12.5 pounds. The line's diameter averaged out to 0.324mm over five different points. It is specified as 0.300mm. Still, the diameter to strength ratio is good even if the 10lb test is more like 12lb test in both strength and diameter

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Stren Original

Memory (1-5)
Longevity (1-5)
Dia per Rated Strength (1-3)
Clarity (1-3)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
3
4
2
3
12
16
7.5

 


Stren Original is a very versatile monofilament.

 

Applications: Stren Original is about as general purpose as a nylon monofilament can get. While it wouldn't be my first choice with jig style baits or heavy cover situations, it can certainly hold its own with other nylon monofilaments in this situation. On the other hand, moving baits, topwater, and finesse applications are all right in this line's wheelhouse

 

Application Ratings for Stren Original

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
2
2
3
3
13
15
8.67

 

Ratings:

Stren Original Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Could be a bit more consistent off the spool 5.63
Performance What you come to expect from a nylon monofilament 8.0
Price $7.99 for 330yds spool = $0.02/ which is less than the average of $0.04/yd of similarly categorized lines 9
Features UV coating and a wide variety of available colors and spool sizes 7.69
Design (Ergonomics) Relatively long lasting line though the true rating could use some work 7.5
Application As general purpose a nylon monofilament as you can find 8.67

Total Score

7.75
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
+ Prototypical Nylon Monofilament - Ratings could be more true out of the package
+ Really affordable compared to the competition  
+ 4 available colors and a list of available spool sizes  

  

 


Stren Originals MCPI score was 50.9 - right in line with our average of 50.2. Just further evidence that it is the prototypical nylon monofilament.

 

Conclusion: Stren Original has stood the test of time and we can see why. First off, it's an excellent value. Secondly, you can get it in four different colors in tests ranging from 4lb up to 30lb, and in spool sizes from the small filler spools, to 2,400 yards - how big is a 2,400 spool of line anyway!? But of course, none of that would matter if it didn't perform well out on the water and it does. Some products endure simply because of their value. Stren Original is a good value, but it also performs as you'd expect from a nylon monofilament.

 

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