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Daiwa Braid
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Hi Seas
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PLine
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Toro Tamer Needles
DaHo Needles
Sato Products
Spectra Tools
Wind-On Leaders
Line Winders
Fishing Lines (mono, copolymer and Spectra/Dynema/Super Braid/PE)
& Fluorocarbon Leader...

Before we get started, let's go over options.  Monofilament fishing line has been around a long time now.  It's good stuff! It's generally supple, hard to see by fish, and economical.  Recently some manufacturers have introduced a copolymer line.  It's benefit is less stretch than standard mono.  That provides better feel for the angler, and greater reliability when fishing under tougher conditions.  Both the copolymer and mono products get bit well, with the copolymer doing a bit better in terms of maintaining line test after you've taken a few fish and given the line the opportunity to get worked (meaning potential for stretch and reduced test strength). 

Next up we have woven lines, the old standby Dacron and newer Super Braided lines made from polyethylene material including PE, Dynema & Spectra.  Dacron has long been used as a backing.  It's durable, and has almost zero stretch.  Bottom fishing, sharking, and use as a backing are it's primary strengths.  It will degrade over time as will the old Kevlar type braided lines.  I'd suggest replacing your Dacron every other year at the least. About 30 years ago Izorline dabbled in use of Kevlar braided lines. That was an upgrade in some respects to Dacron, however it had it's share of problems, was stiffer and while it was a bit more durable than Dacron it still didn't hold up for all that long (by comparison to the newer polyethylene gel spun lines which are also known as Spectra, Dynema and PE braid - collectively known as Super Braid.  The new Super Braids differ from  Dacron by being something you'll keep on the reel for up to 10 years or even more.  I say ten years based upon current experience...time flies, make that 12 or more based on some of my own gear.  We just don't have enough long term use beyond that point to make a claim.  It's very skinny compared to mono or Dacron, about 1/3 the diameter.  So, it's a great tool for use as backing.  It shares Dacron's near zero stretch characteristics, so many anglers are using it for deep water fishing. If your intent is to catch big fish on smaller reels, it's the only way to go these days and despite the initial cost, long term there are great savings since you'll need less mono when you re-spool. All these new fibers were first used in military and police ballistic vests, kevlar being replaced by the PE material which provided much greater longevity.

I will strongly suggest that clients should check the product label, description, manufacturer website for specific information regarding lines - not all Super Braids are in fact Super. These days, Dacron is rarely used with the exception of some old school tournament anglers (like the Avalon Tuna Club).  The manufacturer should clearly state what their line is made of, PE/Dynema/Spectra which are all categorized as Super Braid - and all made from PE fibers. If the line does not say, it could very well be kevlar or some other material which does not offer the same longevity as the newer PE based lines. There are some 100% PE based lines, some are not which make use of a certain percentage of inferior fibers. If the manufacturer does not state what the product is made from, the percentage of the product made from which raw materials, avoid it. We sell Izorline, Momoi, Daiwa and ToroTamer braided lines. The first two mentioned make use of 100% Spectra fibers (Honeywell tradename), Daiwa uses 100% Dynema (more common in Asia), ToroTamer makes use of 100% PE fibers. In years past we also stocked Cortland and Jerry Brown's lines - those were also 100% Spectra products. All of these are PE based fibers, different trade names for the same raw product which arrives to the braiders from different primary suppliers. There can be variance in the quality of fibers used, the number of strands and the percentage of material used in creation of the braid. There is room for valid skepticism if the manufacturer does not disclose this information, and I will point fingers specifically at a certain nameless Fluorocarbon manufacturer who entered the braid business recently for not making proper content disclosure. In that case I've seen their line described as Kevlar and as Spectra. It is definitely not Spectra, the line label would say if it was since that material carries a higher cost due to tradename and sole product source. So, we're left guessing - likely that was the intent of the manufacturer. Certainly the "nameless" line's feel does not match up to Izor, Toro or other manufacturers of PE based lines. Those lines are very supple in feel, not stiff. Could be a different process used in manufacture, could be a different material, I have no idea nor does anyone else since the manufacturer does not state the content. Not all braids are created equally. We stock a range of excellent braid products, all based upon PE fibers, all high quality with specific features we value.

These days there are many rigging options available, with in-line rigging of leader within the hollowcore braid increasingly popular verses knots. We have far more choices than even just a few years ago, with firms like Sato making rigging kits and Daho making wonderful needles, Toro introducing their own needles recently, and with the new hollow core super braids like the 16 strand product from Toro Tamer this type of knotless rigging is becoming easier to accomplish and less expensive to start out doing. Once you get into the knotless rigging routine, it's wonderful, and you'll be looking for excuses to rig up.



Mark, I understand there is a promotion for cows caught on Toro Tamer Line. I went on Hoo’s Tuna Run’N’Gun charter aboard the Intrepid and caught a 203# tuna using my Okuma Makaira MK-20 purchased from Charkbait. - Dean Brown

The third line innovation we've seen over the past 20 years is fluorocarbon leader.  Due to it's specific density it's virtually invisible to fish. This material has been used for a few years now, and it works.  In a wide open bite it's no great advantage.  But, when things get picky it's a proven commodity and it makes a significant difference. Years back the top suppliers were Seaguar, Izorline and PLine. Over the past five years other firms have gotten into the FL business and sought improvements in the product. Some of the firms that were big 5-10 years ago have failed to keep on top of the game. So, our mix of FL lines has evolved. Seaguar was arguable the top dog in FL lines over the past 10 or so years, and I'd say they made the best lines in past years. They came out with new versions, but never discontinued their old formulations. Other firms, with no investment in the past, looked for innovations in product development and came out with upgraded products. AFW's Quatro, Sunline, Yo-Zuri, Momoi all have come to the fishing marketplace with very interesting lines, all 100% FL with some unique proprietary features which move them towards the head of the class for fishing enthusiasts.


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MONOFILAMENT LINES
Izorline
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The mono of choice on most San Diego based long range boats.
TripleFish

Camo
Hi Seas Grand Slam IGFA
TripleFish

Pink
Momoi

Mono, Fluorocarbon Leader, Super Braided Lines, IGFA mono, Wind-ons
PLine
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SUPER BRAID
Izorline Spectra

The first, the original, offshore super braid. Captain Russ Izor was the pioneer and set the stage for the Super Lines we fish today, and Izor is still at the forefront.

Toro Tamer
Super Braid

 

Spliceable 16 Strand Hollow Core Super Braid,
& "Solid" 8 and 4 Strand Braided lines

Daiwa Braid...
 


 

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   Made at our shops or factory produced by Izorline & Momoi

 

 

Spectra and Braid
Momoi...

Toro Tamer Rigging Needles

 

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Hi Seas Quatro Fluorocarbon Leader

 
Seaguar Fluorocarbon

 

Sunline

New to US market, Japanese produced.

Yo-Zuri
  Leader Material

various manufacturers
Fluorocarbon and Mono
   
RIGGING TOOLS & ACCESSORIES
Toro Tamer Rigging Needles

 

Daho Rigging Needles

 

 

 

Sato Spectra/Braid Crimping System

Spectra/Braid Tools

various manufacturers
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De-spooling
International Weighing Systems Line Tester

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