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How Does Berkley's Latest Attempt at a 100% Fluorocarbon Line Stack Up? (continued)

Visibility: The clear version of Trilene FC is a bit difficult to see above the water unless you get just the right lighting. Understandable really and what we'd expect from a clear line. We expect the green Trilene FC would be easier to see and watch while fishing, so if this is important to you, you might want to try the colored version first.


Trilene FC has very good handling characteristics


Longevity: Admittedly, we've not fished Trilene FC for very long, but nothing in our handling of the line leads us to believe it will be anymore short lived than other quality fluorocarbon lines. At the time of this writing, we've had Trilene FC on our reels for the better part of two months, and one thing we have noticed is it does not change to that milky white consistency common with some other fluorocarbon lines - at least not yet!


Zander's got a good one!!


Application: We used this product almost exclusively with horizontal presentations while fishing for black bass, with the occasional spinnerbait, crank, and jerkbait tied to the end of our line. Trilene FC is a good choice for all these and more applications. Personally, I've not yet gotten over the loss of my $150 swimbait during that cast with Sunline Shooter, so it will be a long while before I try big swimbaits again with any fluorocarbon product - I don't care how well they test out in our lab!


Ratings (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Trilene Professional Grade Fluorocarbon Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A very smooth feeling, high quality line 7.5
Performance While we didn't have any problems on the water, resistance to abrasion is still on our minds. 7.5
Price Fantastic price for a quality fluorocarbon product 8
Features Breaking knot strength equal to the lines rated strength... very nice! 9
Design (Ergonomics) Available in two colors 7.5
Application As well rounded as any FC line we've tried 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Good knot strength L Abrasion resistance was fine on the water, questionable in the lab
J Great price L Not as sensitive as more dense FC products
J Easy to find  
J Available in BULK!  


How's that for a test? We thought Zander had a snag until the snag started moving. He pulled up this branch with 6 pound Berkley Trilene FC


Conclusion: A score of GOOD bordering on GREAT. Taking all things like price, availability, and overall performance into consideration, we concur that this new fluorocarbon product is very worthy of the Trilene name. Kudos to Berkley for going back to the drawing board and coming up with a quality, consumer friendly fluorocarbon product. While it may not be the end all and be all of fluorocarbon lines, it is about as solid and reliable as they come and then some. So if you're looking for an affordable, very good to high performing fluorocarbon line, Trilene Professional Grade Fluorocarbon is not only worthy of a try - it is a MUST try.


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