Flourocarbon - Expensive, stiff, low memory (wants to be straight instead of coiled), almost invisible in water (has same light refractive qualities), a litter better abrasion resistance than mono, can be a pain on spinning gear.
I did a Pro's Pointer on the three different popular lines a couple of years a go. I dont have it on my cpu, perhaps an admin could retrieve it...?
I by nor means am an expert but here is my two cents. I went a heard Van Dam speak one year and he said that everybody should go out and spool all ther reels with Flurocarbon. I was sucked in and did it. I spooled 10 reels with nother other than that, and at about $10 per reel. The was the worst season of my life. My understanding now is that Flurocarbon cannot take the heat and sunlight all summer like normal mono can. I normally change my line every 3 or 4 weeks depending on how much I am out, but did not do that with Flurocarbon (mistake) At the end of the year I was fishing a pre-qualifier tourney and every fish that tapped my line, I tried to set the hook and BANG the line snapped. So now im back to normal mono and if I fish a carolina rig or something like that I will put flurocarbon on as a leader.
Good luck, im sure you will get responses that are different than mine.
i like the carbon line for a few reasons. its almost invisible and its very low stretch and sensitive.
when do i use it. on my pitching rig, on my spinnerbait/rattle trap rig, and on my crankbait rig.
i will never spool carbon on my spinning reel again. been there, dont that, big mistake. perhaps there is a secret i am not aware of, but i had nothing but problems on spinning gear.
because it is so low stretch, i feel the line isnt as shock absorbant as the makers may claim. i use stren flurocarbon line and found that when first using it, i was setting the hook way too hard. i was having some breaks also in the beginning. but once i realized that it only takes have the power as mono to sink a hook into a fish, my problems disappeared.
i have tried every line out there about and have always came back to using mono. really, you cant beat it. but carbon line replaced mono for some applications for me anyway. if anything, if you pitch at all, i would at least give it a shot on your pitching outfit.
I have used Berkely Vanish over the past few years on Spinning & Baitcasting reels. I hated it. I had nothing but trouble with it looping of the spool on the spinning rods & major birdsnests on the baitcasters. The remainder of those spools are now leader material.
On a suggestion from a friend, I switched a couple of reels to Floroclear from P-Line. It is a copolymer line with a florocarbon coating. SO you get the best of both worlds. I absolutley love this line. It casts like a rocket on spinning & baitcasting & rarely loops. I've used 6, 8, 10, & 12lb, with all of them working out well. This line has less stretch than mono and I feel is much stronger. I rarely broken off on a fish or a snag, even with the 6 & 8lb. Plus this line is smaller in diameter than any mono so you can get away with a heavier line. The florocarbon coating makes the line a little less visable in the water.
It is a little more expensive, like $15 for 600 yards but it is well worth it. I haven't tried P-Lines new florocarbon line yet but I'm gonna have a tough time switching.
By the Way.......
Is that true (in a above post) that florocarbon takes more of a beating in the sun & heat than mono? I thought it was the the other way around.
I have used f-carbon, P Line, Trilene XL and XT and had success with each line. I am not trying a new line called Real Line. So far I have been impressed. It has low stretch, low memory, available in clear and green, and reasonably priced. I purchased a 1200 yard spool for 16.00.
I use flourcarbon line in situations where I think the fish are wary of line. PLine copolymer is flouro coated, but you can still see it. I am not a big fan of PLine altough some of my friends are...lol
Spinning reels and fourocarbon....can they get along? YES.,.....Use a LARGE diameter spool reel. Bass Pro Shops 40 series, Shimano 4000 series, etc. The line will lay better, rememberthis stuff likes to be straight, not coiled. It will want to shoot off the end of teh spool like a slinky. USE SILICONE SPRAY or REEL MAGIC on your line......I guess you missed Kevin saying that when you were sold on flouro....He is a great salesman.
Vanish fluorocarbon: by berkley. This all-new revolutionary line represents a break-through in fluorocarbon lines. Berkley scientists have altered the molecular structure of Vanish fluorocarbon to create a line that's virtually invisible in the water. It is extra sensitive to detect bites, yet offers shock absorbency for fighting power after the hook set. Also the soft, low-memory formula casts easily, making it ideal for both SPINNING and casting reels.
My favorite line is the Yozuri Flurocarbon line...
Complete spool for any spin or crankin'.
For jigging I like to fill the spool with floresent green Firewire with barrel swivel and about 2-3' of flurocarbon as the leader. The purpose is when jigging sometimes waleye and bass hit when raising the jig and the fish continue to rise. With the BIRGHT GREEN LINE it allows me to see the line go limp much easier.