abrasion resistance of fluorocarbon?
Posted October 18 2005 - 10:26 PM
ordinary mono, hard mono or fluorocarbon? Assume 12 lb test, please. And if you have a favorite brand of your preferred material, which one?
Posted October 18 2005 - 11:43 PM
Fluoro is the least
Posted October 19 2005 - 04:47 PM
Posted October 19 2005 - 06:11 PM
Posted October 20 2005 - 01:56 AM
Fluorocarbon leader has become popular for its invisibility in the water. But fluoro enthusiasts may want to take particular note and, if concerned about abrasion resistance, at least get a much heavier (thicker) leader than you'd normally use. Even the toughest fluorocarbon leaders and lines, both made by Triplefish, offered only modest abrasion resistance. Most fluorocarbon lines tested dismally, lasting only 20 to 60 or so cycles on the machine verses nearly 1,300 for Original Stren (which might be both the toughest and most economical choice for leader material).
The fluorocarbon was by far the worst, scoring lower than almost all of the monofiliment lines for abrasion resistance.
Posted October 20 2005 - 12:03 PM
I think I may have seen that report a while back, I know Stren is tough but did they consider diameter as well in the test? Not saying it would have made a big difference but it is a factor. One of the reasons I don't use Stren is I don't like it's flexibility (or lack thereof) - I think the more flexible (i.e., and consquently less stiff and "hard") a mono is, the less abrasion resistance it has. One of the reasons why Mason has great abrasion resistance is that it's a hard, stiff mono. For flyfishing, IME a stiff leader is not as good for casting - it tends to not turn over as well. I think any leader material you use that has a degree of flexibility versus "hardness" will have less abrasion resistance.
Posted October 20 2005 - 01:42 PM
Originally posted by formula1:
Hey Tackle, how old was that report?
line name that appears on the box
cross-x area (in square inches)
wet braking strength
mean cycles to break
cost per 100 yards
The charts and graphs are nice to look at so you can see where your line falls in each category and you can pick your line accordingly. They also tested #8 line, search: "tough guys" on the same site. Once again, no charts and graphs. Old test but probably still somewhat relevant.
Posted October 20 2005 - 09:57 PM
On balance, I may stick to building my own tapered leaders out of mono. I do suspect that some brands of fluoro are more abrasion then others - because they're thicker. Just as in mono, if it isn't IGFA rated, it's probably underrated, and thicker then it need be for the test rating. Some are going to be thicker then others.
Frog Hair makes some significant claims for their radiation-srengthened product. Anyone fish it in salt water?