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Line Review

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

Date: 3/4/08
Tackle type: Fishing Lines
Manufacturer: Berkley
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.92 -

Introduction: To say Berkley's Vanish and Vanish Transition Fluorocarbon Lines were much maligned is probably an understatement. Horror stories about that product abound throughout Internet discussion forums. Nor did the product fare terribly well in our Fluorocarbon Showdown. So, when Berkley debuted their new Trilene Professional Grade Fluorocarbon, we weren't quite sure what to expect. Was this simply a repackaged version of Vanish? Or was this, as Berkley markets, truly a fluorocarbon line worthy of the name "Trilene"? We wasted little time acquiring several spools and putting it through our own batch of tests.


Trilene Professional Grade Fluorocarbon Specifications

Line Type Fluorocarbon
Colors Available Clear & Green
Colors Tested Clear
Line Weights 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 25
Line Weights Tested 6lb & 12lb
MSRP $19.99 (12lb/200yds)


Introducing Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon Professional Grade!

Impressions: Out of the box, we could tell right away the only thing this line shared in common with its Vanish fore-product was the company name of Berkley. Pulling a length off the spool, the Trilene Professional Grade Fluorocarbon feels every bit like the other high grade fluorocarbon lines we've tested in our lab. The big difference here? Trilene FC's price. High end FC lines like Sunline Shooter and Toray Superhard Upgrade run on average of roughly twenty cents per yard while a 200 yard spool of twelve pound test Trilene FC costs a grand total of only ten cents per yard. As if that wasn't incentive enough, Trilene FC is even available in bulk 2000 yard spools.


Fresh out of its packaging


Lab Tests: Compared against the average of our 14 FC Showdown participants, Trilene FC performed about average in most categories including material strength, stretch, and deformity. While this product performed very well in our abrasion tests while dry, there was a significant drop off in performance when wet. Something we did not expect at all.


Trilene Professional Grade Fluorocarbon Lab Tests (12lb - 0.33mm)

Wet Tensile Strength (lbs)
Material Strength
Abrasion (vs avg*)
Change in Abrasion Resistance After +2 Hr Soak
**Stretch / Deformity (+2hr soak)
(vs avg*)
2% lower
34% higher
40% lower
11.2% / 2.2%
*Average values taken from data on 14 products tested during TackleTour 2007 Fluorocarbon Showdown
** Average Stretch/Deformity values for 14 products = 10%/2%


Knot tests results for Trilene FC were more or less on to slightly above par with the other FC products when compared to our tested breaking strength of the product when wet. It performed surprisingly well with both the Palomar, and appropriately enough, the Trilene knot breaking above 80% of tested strength in both cases. The overall average for our five knots was 80% of tested breaking strength, but here's the interesting bit: Eighty percent of our tested breaking strength on Trilene FC (15.1 lbs) equates to 12.1 pounds - more or less equal to our test spool's rating!


Trilene Professional Grade Fluorocarbon Knot Tests (12lb - 0.33mm)

San Diego Jam
Improved Clinch
Avg Knot Strength (%)
Avg Knot Strength (lbs)
Values expressed as percentage of TESTED WET tensile strength
*Average Knot Strength matches product's RATED tensile strength


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