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Super Lines

What follows will be a discussion of the New Super Lines (as used in Pier or Surf Fishing).

  1. An Abridged History of their evolution.
  2. How and where they are best used.
  3. What precautions are necessary for use.
  4. Our comparison of three of the current super lines.
  5. Request for your experience.

The 1st Generation of braided lines, for example Spider Wire were:

  1. Very abrasive
  2. Very limp (would tangle in guides)
  3. Hard to cut, would not break
  4. Extremely small diameter.
  5. Very expensive
  6. Very Low Stretch
  7. Long Life Span (years not months)

The 2nd Generation of braided lines, for example Gorilla Braid were:

  1. Less abrasive
  2. Still limp (would wrap around guides)
  3. Broke easily
  4. Had a larger diameter for strength than 1st Generation
  5. Less expensive
  6. Very low stretch
  7. Long Life Span

The Current Generation, now generically grouped as Super Lines, examples of which are, Raptor, Fusion, Fire Line, and others, are:

  1. Not as abrasive as first generation
  2. Stiffer than 1st generation, but not as stiff as monofilament
  3. Will cut with knife or scissors, but not nail clippers.
  4. Fused, not braided like 1st Generation
  5. Comparable in expense to tournament grade monofilament.
  6. Have very low stretch, + or - 2%.
  7. Have Very Long Life Span.

Super lines are best used under the following conditions.

  1. Long Distance casting, 50 yds or more
  2. In Open Water Areas
  3. On casting, revolving spool type reels
  4. Can be used on Spinning Reels with a rolling line guide
  5. Are not compatible with Old Mitchell Reels

(Monofilament is better for close casting or in heavy vegetation because of the stretch.)

Special precautions when using Super Lines.

  1. Do not use bare hands to break off line when snagged. Use either a leather glove, or wrap the line around a stick to break off.
  2. Use Fuji Type, ceramic centered guides like Fuji Hardaloy.
  3. Use a knife, or scissor, not nail clippers to cut line.

To test the relative merits of three of the Current Super Lines, a Penn 146 Squidder w/Accuframe was used on an 8 foot Daiwa Casting Rod. Three spools, each with a different line were changed twice, every 20 minutes. The line was rigged with 2 oz pyramid sinkers and a 3-foot, Hi-Low surf leader of 15# Andy Premium.

  Raptor (30#) Fire Line (30#) Fusion (24#)
Color No bleed Rubs off to dull gray brown Bleeds small amount
Abrasion Tougher than Fusion Tougher than Fusion Nicks & breaks on sharp Resistant edges
Casting Ease Same as Fire Line Same as Raptor Less than Fire Line & Raptor
Sensitivity Same as Fusion Less than Fusion & Raptor Same as Raptor Underwater

Five fish were caught during this test.

This Tackle Tip offered Ron Crandall of Ron’s Reel Repair