Go Back  The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum > BOATING FORUMS > SportFishing and Charters Forum
Reload this Page >

Is there any difference between fluorocarbon leader material vs fluoro main line?

Notices

Is there any difference between fluorocarbon leader material vs fluoro main line?

Old 12-01-2019, 06:59 AM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 140
Received 12 Likes on 11 Posts
Default Is there any difference between fluorocarbon leader material vs fluoro main line?

I am looking to pick up some fluorocarbon and see that the price of the leader material is way more than just buying a spool of fluoro main line. Is there actually any difference between the two other than price and packaging?
Old 12-01-2019, 07:08 AM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 470
Likes: 0
Received 42 Likes on 33 Posts
Default

Yes
Old 12-01-2019, 07:09 AM
  #3  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 140
Received 12 Likes on 11 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by 757saltwater View Post
Yes
Prove it.
Old 12-01-2019, 08:08 AM
  #4  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Westchester, NY
Posts: 748
Received 300 Likes on 188 Posts
Default

I've always thought that the line was softer and the leader was stiffer
Likes:
Old 12-01-2019, 08:46 AM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 265
Likes: 0
Received 54 Likes on 37 Posts
Default

the cost lol
Old 12-01-2019, 08:53 AM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: North of Cuber, South of Jawga
Posts: 683
Received 459 Likes on 242 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Arsinek View Post
Prove it.
Why don't you "prove it" without trolling on here with silly questions.

Go buy some line and the same brand and size leader.
Take a piece of each and drag across a brick or rub back and forth
around a fence post. See which gets more abrasions.

The line will certainly work for leader, but it is not as tough as the leader material.


Likes:
Old 12-01-2019, 09:05 AM
  #7  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 140
Received 12 Likes on 11 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Grunts N Grits View Post
Why don't you "prove it" without trolling on here with silly questions.

Go buy some line and the same brand and size leader.
Take a piece of each and drag across a brick or rub back and forth
around a fence post. See which gets more abrasions.

The line will certainly work for leader, but it is not as tough as the leader material.
He posted a troll response and I posted one back. Deal with it.
Likes:
Old 12-01-2019, 10:18 AM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 470
Likes: 0
Received 42 Likes on 33 Posts
Default

True fluoro leader doesnt burn just melt. The flouro line will goes up In a flame.


Leader material more stiff.


Spool reel with fluro line and one with all leader and the fluoro line will cast further also. Its limper (stretches more ) which will cast farther and better then the fluoro leader.

Last edited by 757saltwater; 12-01-2019 at 10:28 AM.
Old 12-01-2019, 12:02 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Virginia
Posts: 807
Received 413 Likes on 182 Posts
Default

Hum..

So answering a question is trolling? Interesting.
Old 12-01-2019, 01:02 PM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 622
Likes: 0
Received 85 Likes on 54 Posts
Default

There may be a physical/chemical difference, but in my experience of using these products side by side on hundreds of fishing trips I have found them to be equally effective in getting bites and catching fish.
Old 12-01-2019, 02:14 PM
  #11  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 140
Received 12 Likes on 11 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by SaltyDawg86 View Post
Hum..

So answering a question is trolling? Interesting.
Very.
Old 12-01-2019, 02:53 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Southern Colorado
Posts: 409
Received 54 Likes on 34 Posts
Default

I've tried using fluoro line as leader material, I was not impressed by abrasion resistance. Sure, you can do it, especially in a pinch. But for the long term, leader material is superior for use as a leader.

There will always be folks that use braid as a leader, regular mono as a leader, and they are still fishing! Fanatics, (like me) will use the best option they can figure out.
Old 12-01-2019, 03:58 PM
  #13  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 5,390
Likes: 0
Received 1,094 Likes on 693 Posts
Default

Tried an experiment here yesterday when bait fishing. 2 rods. One with braid and a leader tied from some 50lb 'clear/blue' nylon off a 50w I just respooled, and the other on 20lb nylon with a 40lb fluro leader. Same hooks, weights and bait in a low current flow. Caught 1 more fish on the fluro rod than the other rod. 12 vs 11, some undersized on both. 2 biggest fish were on the braid rod, but not a lot of difference. Going to keep the experiment going. I always use fluro when lure fishing with soft baits or sliders etc, but mostly nylon for bait fishing. Couple of months and I will have a better idea whether fluro leaders help or not for our local fish when using baits.
Old 12-01-2019, 07:33 PM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: North of Cuber, South of Jawga
Posts: 683
Received 459 Likes on 242 Posts
Default

I never use fluro at all unless fishing a spring fed crystal clear lake or aqua velva blue ocean water, like in Bahamas and sometimes Keys.

Use pink or camo mono for most leader material myself.

But OP asked is the leader really different. I'm guessing he wants to know because it is more $.
At least among the more popular & well known brands it is different.
Old 12-01-2019, 09:04 PM
  #15  
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Sarasota and San Jose del Cabo
Posts: 45
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Someone has the test posted on You Tube. I don't remember the name but perhaps you can search for it. They made a device that could test two lines side by side. The lines hung down with weights on them and the machine rubbed back and forth with sand paper. They then would reverse the lines on the machine and test again. Lots of products tested and it was very convincing that there was no real difference between fluoro lines and leaders of the same test, in spite of the abrasion claims of the manufacturers. I haven't found large spools of fluoro lines above 40 pounds, but for 15 though 40 I use spools of line only. Great on shy tuna and it is nice to tie on 10 yards without wincing over the cost. Biggest tuna on the 40 lb. was over 100 lbs. I have never lost one due to "abrasion" but I do retie whenever I feel any wear.
Old 12-01-2019, 09:11 PM
  #16  
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Sarasota and San Jose del Cabo
Posts: 45
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

is one of the tests that is posted.
Old 12-02-2019, 08:21 AM
  #17  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,230
Received 88 Likes on 61 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by CaboJohn View Post
Here is one of the tests that is posted.
Interesting test. The fact that both lines are breaking within a couple (usually 1) pushes of the sandpaper pole of each other really dispels the idea the leader formulation has added abrasion resistance properties. Even if the leader line won each test, which it didn't, the difference between the two is so small as to hardly be worth the price difference.

And of course a lot of us choose floro for its reduced visibility in situations where abrasion isn't really a concern.

Last edited by HurricaneBK; 12-02-2019 at 09:29 AM.
Old 12-02-2019, 08:33 AM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Homosassa, FL
Posts: 1,507
Received 175 Likes on 104 Posts
Default

He left an important factor out of the line vs leader test. The abrasion resistance of fluorocarbon goes way down after the line has been stretched. Unlike mono, when fluorocarbon is stretched, it doesn't return to the original length. Although it doesn't stretch very much, it becomes very abrasion sensitive after a strong fish or breaking a snag off the bottom. It is possible that the stiffer leader material is more resistant to stretching.
Old 12-02-2019, 08:33 AM
  #19  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Pompano Beach, FL
Posts: 12,411
Received 2,626 Likes on 1,246 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by HurricaneBK View Post
Interesting test. The fact that both lines are breaking within a couple (usually 1) pushes of the sandpaper pole of each other really dispels the idea the leader formulation has added abrasion resistance properties. Even if the leader line won each test, which it didn't, the difference between the two is so small as to hardly be worth the price difference.

And of course a lot of us choose floro for its reduced visibility in situations where abrasion isn't really a concern.
FIFY!

I've never noticed a difference between Fluorocarbon line and leader of equal #test.
Likes:
Old 12-03-2019, 03:14 PM
  #20  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: massachusetts
Posts: 10,591
Received 2,996 Likes on 1,695 Posts
Default

I have told this story a few times online.
When Fluorocarbon first came out,A charter captain friend of mine handed me a spool and said “this stuff is supposed to be invisible under water give it a try”.
I tossed it in my bag and forgot about it.
A week or so later I was bass fishing, in a situation where I was leapfrogging floated Baits ,In a current. At maybe 5-6 feet.

The bite was fairly good all morning early. As it got later and things slowed I remembered that spool of line.
I was using Straight 50 mono at the time. I put a piece of fluoro leader on one of the rigs. For the rest of the time I was there that day, each time that rig drifted by the hotspot it got bit. The other rig never got bit again that day. Over and over and over again this happened, there was no mistake what was going on.

This was maybe 25 years ago.I have used an ungodly amount of Fluorocarbon since then. I don’t do any real serious fishing without it .
Likes:

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.