Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon XL Professional Grade Fishing Line - 200 Yards
I am an avid fisherman, though I primarily fish for bass..both Large & Smallmouth on lakes & the Susquehanna River.
I bought a spool of this (8 lb) for my tube jig rod that I generally use at least as much as any other rod I have. When I first spooled it up, it seemed to want to coil off of the spool. Experience tells me I had it spooled backwards, but I learned a simple solution years ago. I will take the tag end of the line and place it under the wipers of my minivan...flip the bail and walk down the side of the street until I get down to where I joined it to filler line or down to the spool if the reel doesn't hold a great amount of line. Then all one has to do is simply reel in the line while holding tension on the line just below the lowest line guide. Once I get it reeled it I stop roughly the length of the rod, flip the bail and make sure the line isn't trying to "jump off" of the spool. It works 95% of the time. I then tie off the tag end to the hook holder until I'm ready to use it, at which point I'll tie on whatever lure I'll be throwing at that time.
This line added more sensitivity to an already sensitive St. Croix rod. I always throw the lightest possible amount of weight with my tubes (I even customized a mold so I can pour 1/32 & 1/16 ounce heads with 1/0 through 3/0 hooks. The only time I'll throw heavier is if it is windy or I'm fishing deep water or strong current.
I've used this rod/reel with this line roughly a dozen times since I spooled this line up, and I have already purchased a few more spools... 1 12 lb for my crankbait rod (baitcasting reel) and another spool of 8 lb for my finesse worm rod (spinning reel). They'll be spooled up later this week as I will be fishing Thursday & Friday.
I have used virtually every brand/type of line known to man and have to rate this among the best I have ever used.
June 16, 2014
WOW what a great line
I use more light and ultra light spinning reels and rods than anything else. I have tried just about everything on the market this spring, I have spooled and unspooled several lines including spider wire 100% FC, Suffix FC, P-Line FC and P-Line Flouroclear. I bought a spool of 6# 100%FC XL and WOW, It is GREAT!! I have used Trilene mono XL for years, this new 100% Fluorocarbon feels like the mono I have on. No Coils, No Knots, Just smooth, Strong, and GREAT.If you want to use FC on a spinning reel from ultra light to large use this you will not regret it!!!!! GREAT JOB BERKLEY
May 7, 2014
worst line ever
Purchased a 200 yd spool thinking that this would be as good as mono XL. Loaded two different reels. Third cast (throwing a Johnson silver minnow) and my minnow was gone. The end of the line looked frayed like it had come unglued and shredded. Tryed the other rod (both rods Abu Tournament Graphite) throwing a 6 inch Rapala floating minnow.
Inspected the line after 6 casts. About 5 feet up from the bait the line looked like it was fraying just like the first rod. I have been using Berkley Trilene XL mono for 57 years (yes - 57 years along with a then new Zebco 33) and never had any problems with it. Don't waste your money on Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon XL Professional Grade line. I think they spent more time developing the name than they did the line.
February 13, 2014
I normally use braid on my spinning reels with fluorocarbon leader for my finesse applications. I though I would try this line last week and have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It's very manageable without the memory of some mono lines yet strong. So far though this line works very good.
December 21, 2013