Gear: Seaguar Kanzen- Braided Line Review
Like many of you, I’ve been a fan of Seaguar for many years. Their fluorocarbon has been, without question, one of the biggest contributions to fishing in many years. It’s allowed fishermen that have come to depend on it, to catch fish that previously might not have been caught. Of course, the technology, unlike many developments, was also coupled with a level of dependability that anglers everywhere absolutely trust. So when I was given the opportunity to test drive Seaguar’s entry into the braided line market, I couldn’t have been more eager.
Seauar Kanzen comes in line sizes from #8 to #100 pounds and hollow core from #100-#200 so the line options are impressive. I was going to be spooling my Salmon back bouncing gear up with the new line, so I opted for the #60.
Seaguar Kanzen, as advertised, is a thin diameter, smooth casting braid that is made of tiny strands of micro fiber that are woven together to create a line that exhibits maximum knot strength, abrasion resistance, and durability.
Sounds good, right? Well here’s how it performed.
As I delved into the line spooling process, one of the first things I noticed about the Seaguar as I was preparing to load up the line on my shop line winder, is how smooth the line was. Many of the braids out there are really coarse to the touch. The weaves are very bulky making for a very textured line. The overall performance benefits of a smooth line are probably minimal, except when you fish all the time. Then little things like the comfort of the line against my thumb matter. I think the smoother line also is more forgiving should you have lines accidentally touch while bringing in a hot fish.
The line went on very nicely and one of the other things I noticed during the process is that the green dye stayed on the line and didn’t come off on the winding tool. I’ve loaded other lines in the past and had my winding tool absolutely covered with dye by the time I was done. Of course, the real test for the dye would come once the line was wet.
The 2012 Spring Chinook season on the Willamette River was the field testing grounds for this review. I fish four clients a day, often times because of running doubles, for 13 hours per day. I run Lamiglas X80 MBCGH rods coupled with a Shimano Cardiff Reels (for more info on the Cardiff, you might check out the Shimano Cardiff Review I did). My clients always have these rods in hand. They are never fished in the rod holder as I back bounce prawns, eggs and sand shrimp almost exclusively.
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