Berkley Trilene XT Extra Tough Line - 1000-Yard Economy Spool
Decent Line in a Pinch
This is a decent line in a pinch, here's why:
THE GOOD: The line is strong and abrasion resistant. I have had no real issues when tying on fluorocarbon leaders with back-to-back uni-knots, or knot strength in general.
THE BAD: The line has a thick diameter, probably due to whatever makes it abrasion resistant. This makes it rigid - and whether you spool this loose or tight, the right way or the wrong way, at some point you are going to have line jump the spool. When I use anything over 12 lb. test, this problem increases exponentially. The rigidity also impedes lure action.
THE VERDICT: If you are doing any sort or long distance casting, or looking for mono to put into a baitcast reel - go with Trilene XL, NOT XT! You could do much worse, but for me I now spool up with the appropriate weight line in XL no matter what.
Heavy cover or not - I haven't looked back once.
July 25, 2013
I have used this line on open face spinning reels for 20 yrs . Great for skipping, rock solid tough,I have never found a line that comes close.
June 9, 2010
I use 20 lbs test in this line for frog fishing. Great value as you can see the results.
July 2, 2010
Great Abrasion Resistance
I have used XT for years when I need a line that has good abrasion resistance. It will take quite a beating through weed beds and underwater trees and stumps. It also holds up well on the rip rap rock piles near bridges and levee retaining structures. For years I could only find the green color and I noticed that it now comes in clear too. It is an excellent choice for live bait fish near any kind of structure or when you need to quickly turn a running fish and it works very well for flipping heavy jigs into the lilly pads or other structure for the big bass that are harder to catch.
November 17, 2007