Berkley Trilene XL Smooth Casting Line - Filler Spools
My Favorite Mono
This is my absolute favorite mono... here's why:
THE GOOD: This line has been around for some time. It is very manageable, it has low memory - and I know everyone SAYS that about their product, but this is for real - and it is pretty strong. I have found it to be very reliable, I get great knot strength with it, and have no problem tying fluorocarbon leaders direct with back-to-back uni knots.
THE BAD: It's not as strong as other lines of the same pound test, which is probably due to the smaller diameter - but that smaller diameter results in lower line memory, so it's a trade off.
If you spool up properly you won't have any issues.
THE VERDICT: Even though we are barraged by new superlines that "do everything", there are still many reasons to use mono in a lot of fishing situations. Trilene XL is an inexpensive, exceptional product that has given me consistent results for years. Walleye or bass, spinning or baitcast - when I buy mono, this is it. Period.
July 25, 2013
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
Great line , poor dispensing spool design
Been using Trilene for years. Always a great product.
But , the line now comes on a new "improved" plastic spool with "notches" for saving remaining tails of line . These notches are on each side of the spool.
They catch the line and scratch it while filling my reels .
Solution was to put tape over these notches to keep them from snagging the new line as it goes onto my reels.
Still a great line but not worth the hassle and possible abrasion of the line.
July 1, 2013
This stuff is good for the first two hours of use. Actually, it is tough as nails. I used it today for trout( 4#), ad got hung up in the rocks. This stuff held up as my bead broke, and the swivel embedded itself into the worm weight. Second time it has done this in a few years. Downside is, doesn't remain strong long. I fish it for a couple hours at a time then re-spool. It tends to wilt and not hold knots after it has been in the water long. I like it for Carolina rigging trout worms.
February 25, 2014