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Flo-Cast Range & Specifications

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mm

B/St
lbs

B/St
kgs

0.18

4.0

1.8

0.20

5.0

2.3

0.22

6.0

2.7

0.25

8.0

3.6

0.28

10.0

4.6

0.32

12.0

5.5

0.35

15.0

6.8

0.40

18.0

8.2

 

Hi Floating Anti Twist Monofilament

Flo-Cast is a unique development in monofilament technology. The first line to be  introduced with a hollow centre core and grooved surface, giving a line that casts  longer, floats higher and is resistant to twisting and kinking.

ANTI TWIST MICRO GROOVE SYSTEM
The six microgrooves reduce any tendency for the line to twist to a minimum, ensuring

it stays straight with itís original extruded profile. This is a remarkable development and an advantage that many see as being the most important in this lineís specification.

LONGER CASTING
The reduced surface friction resulting from the grooved surface and lighter weight assists longer and smoother casting.

PERMANENT HIGH FLOATING
Flo-Castís hexagonal central hole reduces itís specific gravity from 1.14 to 1.04, making the line more buoyant and permanently floating.

A TRULY UNIQUE LINE
Flo-Cast is so revolutionary that the extent of what it can be used for has yet to be fully established. We do know that it is already delivering in the areas for stick float and wagler fishing and the unique characteristics of this new product will give great benefits in float fishing, carp fishing, trout fishing and rig making when beach fishing.

 

To get a central hole in a diameter as fine as 0.18mm is a remarkable feat and at present, although we have been asked, it doesnít look as though we can go any lower than this. The other remarkable thing is that the ultra high quality polymers mean that Flo-Cast is as strong, or stronger than most other hi-tech lines that donít have a hole in the middle.

The color has been carefully chosen making it invisible against the sky from the fishes point of view but clearly visible on the surface so the angler knows when to correct any bow in front of the float.

 

Ultima provided FFC with (2) line weights, 8lb. and 6lb., for review.  Closely inspecting the line, I was unable to see (with the naked eye) the grooving pictured in the cross section image above, however, I was able to feel it.  The line has a pink/skin hue to its color, and as stated, was easy to see from rod tip to float tip, but almost undetectable when in contact with water..

 

The Flo-Cast seem to hold up well to practices in bad knot tying.  Intentionally tying the line without lubrication resulted in very minimal fraying and somewhat noticeable line-melting.  The pull test, giving a length of line a firm tug, gave the unscientific impression of line that would be able to handle a battle with steelhead and survive to fish again.

 

To our knowledge, there isn't another monofilament line that is constructed in this fashion.  Creating a hollow core line, as in fly line technology, is great way to address the needs of the float fishing community.  If this line lives up to the marketing statements, it would be a great offering for a market thin on offerings.

 

Our biggest fear is performance and durability under 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  It is our intention to run this line through the ringer and report the results.  According to Ultima, the line will fray and become less resistant to abrasions when submitted to temperatures under 10 degrees Celsius.  This is a huge concern for those fishing within the GL region as steelhead season tends to operate permanently in the freezing temperature range and well below this threshold on the thermometer.  For the spring - fall fishing crowd (smallmouth, catfish, crappie, carp, small mountain trout stream fisherman) this construction fact will be a non-issue.

 

Update:  Over the past several months, we've had the opportunity to put this line through the rigors while fishing in 29-40 degree temperatures.  What we've noticed: 

 

Line breakage hasn't been an issue.  Which is a welcome relief.  This quite possibly be due to the forgiveness of the float rods flex and action.  The line, maybe due to the outside texture and design, tends to hold a bit more water and when fishing freezing water, this can lead to a slight increase in the "line icicle" phenomenon nearest the float.  This is a difficult observation considering that this will occur with just about any line out there.  Floating high and remaining on the surface is this lines claim to fame.  It performs wonderfully in this respect.  We're not finished with this review...so there is certainly more to come in the next few as the 2009-10 season winds down.

 

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