Post By: camo man Posted: 6/25/2012 10:47:32 AM Points: 12
learning the sport of fishing myself, My trial and error period of determining what rods, reels, line and bait I like to fish with has cost me a small fortune. So I thought I would voice a little feedback on my latest finding to maybe help curve the trial period and save a few bucks for some fellow beginners. Simply put- dropping 20 bucks on the new nanofil line is well worth it in my book. This stuff will cast farther than a country mile- even into the wind. Great response time when setting the hook and from what I can tell so far it holds a good knot. Caught 5 bass and a couple sunken trees that were a hell trying to get by bait back but I did and the knot is still sitting strong with no knicks in the line. I've found that tipping it with 8# fluro is working for me... The only complaint is that the line is super light and does want to rainbow quite a bit making it a little difficult to keep taunt for those early bites as sono as the bait hits the water- lost a a couple fish from this but I have learned to reel in the slack quick so I dont miss out on those early bites. I'm super happy with this product so far- i've only had on reel now for two weeks. If you know how this stuff holds up or would like to express your opinion I'd love to hear!!
Reply by: thegoodcat Posted: 6/25/2012 11:40:53 AM Points: 68
I have the 12# spooled on my drop shot rig and I love it. A while before I had a reel spooled with the 8# for small topwater plugs and hated it. Anything less than the 12# is so thin that it becomes a pain to avoid wind knots. I've had the 12# Nanofil spooled since February and I don't think I have lost any line from bad casts/wind knots.
I've been running Nanofil for most of this season and I'm impressed so far. I started with 10lb for walleye fishing as I wasn't certain how well the line would hold up. After a few weeks, I stepped down to the 8lb, knowing it would be dependable. I have had no problems with knots slipping, though others have reported this as an issue. The fluorocarbon leader ALWAYS breaks before the 8lb or 10lb Nanofil. I have broken the 8lb once, but I was hooked into a rather large channel cat and it ran me over (I.e. through) an underwater rock bar, significantly damaging the front stretch of my line before it snapped. In that instance, I was not using a leader. The 8lb is fat more subject to abrasion than the 10lb.
Unless the water VERY high turbidity, I use 6'-8' of 8lb p-line fluorocarbon for a leader. The line itsself is a bright, opaque white that is highly visible in the water. Strikes drop ~75% when not using a leader in even moderately turbid water. The white coloration remains visible in low light conditions, making it very good when watching the line for strikes, especially when a lure or bait is dropping right after the cast.
This stuff casts an exceptional distance once it is broken in. The casting distance isn't that impressive right out of the package though.
Strike detection is on par with other "superlines".
There is a bit of a learning curve with this line. When using bait, even with a leader to absorb a bit of shock, casts must be a bit on the gentle side to avoid casting your bait off. This line can also be somewhat challenging to handle in winds above ~15mph, especially when it blows perpendicular to the direction you are casting in.
This is the only "superline" I've tried that actually handles like fishing line. I'm sold on this line.
Edit: I should mention Nanofil has a specific gravity of ~1.2, so it sinks VERY slowly.
I'm running 10lb nano with 6-8' of 10lb p-line flouro. I love how far I can cast but I'm still not sold on how visible the line is. I started with 3' flouro leaders, than have worked up to 8' and that seems to have improved my catch rate. I love how sensitive it is. While tube jigging, I can feel fish pick it up on the drop, and setting the hook is easier, but it does make the jig drop much slower. I think I'm going to size down and see how that is. A double uni back to back hasn't failed me yet. Overall, much better than Fireline, IMO.
Berkley has introduced the Nanofil in two new "colors". In addition to the clear mist color = white, they have a high visibility chartreuse for those who really want to see the line and a low visibility green color. I just received a spool of the low-vis green It is sort of a medium olive color, similar to many kinds of algae and weeds in the lake. I have not compared this color to the original white on a lake or river setting yet, but I would expect the green to be a little less startling to the fish. The chartreuse is very, very bright line.
Reply by: TroutLion Posted: 6/26/2012 6:06:05 AM Points: 560
I use the six pound and it added 30-40 percent to my casting distance on my rod/reel combo compared to the six pound mono I was using before. Watch for frays on the line. If it gets nicked and it frays a little, it becomes very fragile. It's not able to weather that like a braid.
I have 8lb & 4lb. I am still not sure if I like it. The strength is there, but I have seen inconsistencies. I pulled a 20 lb log out of a river with the 8 lb line so the strength is there. Another time I would cast out a 1/4 oz jig & the line would snap mid-cast. My line I bought last year is just about gone, so I have to replace it. I am trying to decide whether to try 12lb nanofil or 8 lb powerpro. The biggest issue I have is no confidence the line will always be there for me.
^The 10lb does not seem to be nearly as vulnerable to abrasion/fraying as the 8lb. That .001" increase in diameter seems to make a disproportionate difference in durability. That being said, I find the 8lb strong enough for 95% of walleye fishing situations.
Hey ephemeral... I'm positive we just talked about this at the lake the other night. That knot is a double Palomar. Had to research it. Ill be out there tonight after work around 1230. Hope the water is still flowing.
@Tattedbass (Dan?): The knot I tie is a modification of a palomar knot, but it isn't a double palomar. A double palomar knot involves running the loop through the eyelet of the jig, wrapping the loop twice, and running the loop back around the bait before tightening it. Palomar knots don't result in the formation of a loop knot, mine does.