For the past year, Rapala® pros have seen the future, fishing with prototype Advance® Fluorocarbon, the most supple, sensitive and strong fluoro line Sufix® has ever engineered. For the rest of us, the future is now, with the release of the new easy-handling, super-sensitive and abrasion-resistant fluoro line.
“It’s extremely durable, but for the first time ever, we’ve got a fluoro that’s extremely limp,” says Rapala Pro Randall Tharp, a Major League Fishing competitor. “And that makes it last a long time and come off your reel good. And that, in turn, puts more fish in your boat. It’s going to make your life easier and catch more fish.”
A proprietary gel phase technology process allows Sufix to maximize fluoropolymers to create a 100% fluorocarbon line that outperforms other fluoro lines so well that it merits its own category.
“Fluorocarbon has less stretch than mono, but it has more stretch than braid,” Tharp says. “And this Sufix Advanced Fluoro has the perfect balance for me.”
Advance Fluorocarbon’s inherent qualities and exclusive G2 Precision Winding make it virtually memory-free, preventing the dreaded line coils that jump off your reel with most other fluorocarbons.
“I can put it on that spool for months, pull it out of my rod locker, make a cast with it and it comes off of there without those coils,” says Rapala Pro Seth Feider, a Bassmaster Elite Series competitor. “It really clears up some of those headaches you have with fishing straight fluorocarbon on a spinning reel.”
Advance Fluorocarbon does not achieve increased suppleness by sacrificing strength or feel.
“The strength-to-diameter ratio is so unbelievable,” Feider says. “That’s what we have in our Advance™ Fluorocarbon – super-strong, super-abrasion-resistant.”
It’s so strong, in fact, that Feider trusts 6-pound-test Advance Fluorocarbon where he once fished 8-pound-test fluoro.
“I’ve been able to go down a size, basically, in everything that I was doing before,” he says. “And when you’re smallmouth fishing clear water [with] light line – spotted bass are the same way, too – that’s going to get you a ton, ton more bites.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Major League Fishing standout Jacob Wheeler’s confidence in Advance Fluorocarbon includes “knowing that when I pitch into that heavy cover and I hook that big one, I’m going to be able to get it in.”
Advance Fluorocarbon features a higher density index than traditional nylon lines, a quality that helps anglers feel bottom and bites better.
“The density … how hard it is, really gives you a lot better feel,” Feider explains.
Wheeler says Advance Fluorocarbon affords him invaluable “intel of what’s going on down there” on the bottom. “That can be the difference of having a bad day or having a great one,” he says.
Another benefit of a higher-density line like Advance Fluorocarbon is that it will convey your bait four times faster to the strike zone than will old-school nylon line. And baits that work best fished on or near the bottom will get bit even better, thanks to Advance™ Fluorocarbon’s virtual invisibility underwater.
“Knowing that the fish aren’t seeing it is a huge thing,” Wheeler says.
Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon is available in 200-yard and 1,200-yard spools, and in 10 strengths: 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, 12-, 14-, 17-, 20-, 25- and 30-pound test.
“Line is something that’s often overlooked, but to me it’s the most crucial piece of the puzzle when fishing,” Tharp says. “It doesn’t matter what kind of rod, reel or lure – it’s meaningless without good line.”