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Line Review

 

The Best of Nylon and Fluoro Combined? Yozuri Hybrid Copoly (continued)

Features: Yozuri Hybrid is only available in clear and in spools of 275 or 600 yards. There are no special coatings on the line but rather the blend of two materials to give it the flexibility of nylon and the abrasion and water resistance of fluorocarbon. The 275 yard filler spool has a very nice, rubber clip to hold the tag end of the remaining line.

Features Ratings for Yozuri Hybrid Copoly

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
2
7
13
5.38

Design & Ergonomics: If there's a downside to Hybrid it's latent memory at about 10lb test and above. It takes a few casts and retrieves to the coils out of your line if it's been stored any longer than simply overnight and while this can be a little annoying, the issue is really no worse or better than average.


These larger spools of line feature a slotted spool to help you stow the tag end of the line during storage.

A bonus with this line is longevity. Hybrid really lasts a long time when left on the spool and exposed to the sun on repeated fishing trips. In the past, I've left the same line on my reels for up to two seasons with no issues of the line degrading or suffering in performance. Clarity of the line was maintained through all that time too.


Hybrid has a very good strength to diameter ratio.

Yozuri Hybrid 10lb test line had an average diameter of 0.305mm in our lab (manufacturer specification is 0.308mm) and tested with an average tensile strength of 13.4 pounds. The average of our 17 products in the lab came to 0.311mm in diameter and 12.3lbs. So Hybrid has a very good strength to diameter ratio testing out lower in diameter by average and higher than average in breaking strength.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Yozuri Hybrid Copoly

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

 

My preference for this line is in 6lb test on spinning gear.

 

Applications: Hybrid is a good general purpose fishing line, but where I really enjoy using it was in finesse applications and pitching jigs and unweighted Senkos. The line's sensitivity is a big plus in these applications and really, very similar to how I'd rely upon straight fluorocarbon.

 

Application Ratings for Yozuri Hybrid Copoly

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
2
1
3
11
15
7.33

 

Ratings:

Yozuri Hybrid Copoly Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Diameter specifications are spot on 6.88
Performance Good sensitivity and handling characteristics but can be wiry at times and not as good against abrasion as I had thought 6.0
Price $12.99 for 275yds spool = $0.05/yd which is more than the average of $0.04/yd of similarly categorized lines 4
Features Pretty no frills 5.38
Design (Ergonomics) Only one color but two spool size options 7.5
Application A good general purpose line but especially good with vertical bait presentations 7.33

Total Score

6.18
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
+ Good sensitivity - More expensive than the average copoly and nylon mono
+ Less expensive than pure fluorocarbon lines - At times, handles like fluorocarbon
+ Positive on the water experiences with regards to abrasion - caveat that with only average performance in the lab  

  

Conclusion: Another lifetime ago when I was a little more in tune with the bicycling world, an acquaintance of mine sought advice on a bike purchase. He asked me, "what's your recommendation on a good hybrid". My response to him was there's no such thing because by definition, a hybrid bicycle is a compromise - it's not as good on the trails as a mountain bike because the tires are too skinny and your center of gravity is too high, and it's not as good as a road bike in the streets because you're sitting too upright and it's too heavy.

 


Yozuri Hybrid has some of the sensitivity and abrasion characteristics of Fluorocarbon without the full cost of FC lines.

 

As it turns out, a parallel can be drawn with Yozuri Hybrid in that it's not as smooth and easy handling as a pure nylon monofilament, and it has the compromised knot strength and handling characteristics of a fluorocarbon. The difference here is if you really do want to experience some of the benefits of fluorocarbon like increased sensitivity, a degree of abrasion resistance, and better longevity without the expense of a pure fluorocarbon line, Yozuri Hybrid might be a good choice.

 

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