Berkley Trilene XL Smooth Casting Line - Filler Spools
Best Line Ever
I can not remember not using this line and I have been fishing since the early 70s. Of course back then it was a cane pole and cat gut.
I am not sure what people mean when they say this stuff is good for only two hours at a time? I fill my spool in the winter and use it all year long. Casting jigs below the dams for sauger in the early spring and it holds up to the rocks. Jigging walleye out of the boat all year long.
The only issue I have is sometimes (twice) I have had it get brittle and while fighting a fish it was like they just got off. The line broke. Heavy fish on 6 lb line. It might have just been too much heat and light on the mono. Plus I bought a huge spool of it and have used off of it for a few years as I run just 3 rods a year.
November 11, 2014
Good All Purpose Line
Berkley makes good quality line, and Trilene XL is just one good example. It's a good all around line. There are a lot of specialty lines that will do certain tasks better than others, but for an all purpose line that casts well, has low memory and good knot strength, XL is a good choice, I've never had a problem with this line. Trilene XL just keeps on catching fish year after year.
October 19, 2014
I was sitting at a dock, unspooling my 8 pound line and putting on fresh trilene 10 pound line, clear color. About 5 minutes after a 4.2 pound bass attacked my nightcrawler and i fought the fish for about 5 minutes. Of course my drag had a huge part in landing the LMB, but the line felt strong the entire fight. It casts very far too which is what i liked the most. A+ grade from me
July 3, 2014
Not as good as it used to be
Trilene XL has been my "go to" mono for years, but now that has changed. They should have left well enough alone ... the "new formula" is not as good as the old. I have too many break-offs with this line now and it is not as manageable as it used to be. Also, the capacity decreased from 330 yards to 300 on the test lbs I use - I really don't like that. Have gone back to Stren Original.
March 11, 2014