Shocking Results! New Mono vs Fluoro Line Abrasion Contest


It’s line contest time!!

We’ve done abrasion contests before between monofilament and fluorocarbon lines.

But this time I wanted to use the same diameter of lines instead of using the same pound test for the contest.

So in this new (and shocking) line abrasion test, you’ll learn which line wins…by a LANDSLIDE!

Check it out below!

New Mono vs Fluoro Line Abrasion Contest [VIDEO]

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You’ve probably always heard that fluorocarbon is the most abrasion-resistant line.

And we’ve done these tests before and mono shocked us all by outperforming fluoro.

But this time we are taking it one step further and basing this experiment off of equal line diameters!

We’ve rubbed the lines with the same tension (weight) against sandpaper.

The side-to-side motion twists the line and is similar to what happens when a snook or bass shakes their head.

Here are the lines used for the contest:

Round 1 (Ande Monofilament Vs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon)

  • Berkley Vanish,  25 passes
  • Ande, 32 passes
  • Berkley Vanish, 24 passes
  • Ande, 30 passes

Round 2 (Ande Monofilament Vs Seaguar Fluorocarbon)

  • Seaguar, 15 passes
  • Ande, 20 passes
  • Seaguar, 14 passes
  • Ande, 21 passes

As you can see, the more affordable (and lighter pound test) Ande Monofilament won hands down!

I’ve stopped using fluoro and have not seen my catch rate change at all.

In fact, I have seen an improvement in not losing fish (even around docks).

My next mono versus fluoro contest is a visibility test underwater.

Stay tuned!!

Are there any variables that I missed?

Let me know down in the comments!

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Arron Zurovec
2 months ago

Awesome test and I think I’ll be using mono more often. But, fluorocarbon line is known to be susceptible to heat. An underwater test to keep both lines cool would be another test I’d like to see.

2 months ago

I noticed that when you test braided lines, you never test the spider wire stealth. I landed a 7 foot 220lb alligator gar on 20lb test spider wire stealth. We were on a 12ft jon boat bass fishing. The gar tolled us though rocks, tree branches, and next to piers for 6 hours. When it was all said and done, the spider wire stealth was frayed but it held to the end. If possible please test it,

Matthew Lanier
2 months ago

Great video Luke! Great info!

Hal Blackmore
3 months ago

This video just paid for the Salt Strong insider membership on an annual basis! Thank you Luke!

3 months ago

Just got my box of gear I ordered last week… Super fast! I use 20# Vanish almost exclusively – mostly inshore flats & mangroves.

I decided to give the ANDE a try – ordered a 20# and 40# spool. Clearly I could have gone a little lighter from the test.

Hope to get out this weekend and give it a try!

Capt. Ray Markham
3 months ago

I’m glad to see that you’ve come to the same conclusion and the reason that I’ve been an Ande Monofilament supporter for leaders. Over 30-years ago I was field-testing for Ande and realized what a quality product they have. Since I first tested what they now call Ande Backcountry (blue in color and a copolymer), I have been a huge fan. I see you’re using the leader spool, which is a larger diameter than a quarter or eighth-pound spool. While the larger diameter spool may have a bit less memory to start, you can reduce the memory on any of the spool sizes simply by stretching the line before use. As to the visibility, I prefer the Backcountry blue line simply because I can’t see it in the water. As with most monofilament lines or copolymers, the pound test ratings are understated. If you want exact line strength, you’ll have to go to IGFA rated lines, such as the Ande Tournament. Also, line strength will vary when wet, therefore IGFA tests lines by dry and wet standards. My guess is that Ande has well over 1,000 world records on their lines for good reasons. Good show, Luke.

Capt Jesus Lopez
3 months ago

I’ve been saying this for years. I also find that the lil stretch u get with mono. Will help with breaking off around oysters, and pilings..

Matthew Broome
3 months ago

Why do you think the Mono dropped 10+ swipes compared to the first round? Also what happened to the awesome little % grids you would add in these? Great video, because of your tests I have stopped blowing money on high dollar fluoro.

Capt. Ray Markham
3 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Interestingly enough, air and water temperature can have a bearing on line strength as well as a few other factors that you mentioned, such as wet or dry.

Robert Bigelow
3 months ago

It’s so funny to me that the fluorocarbon fans are the only ones thinking about how your results could be inaccurate for one reason or another. I stopped using fluoro a while back after the first tests you did and the results hold strong all this time later even when the mono SHOULD be at a clear disadvantage. I love it great work! Thanks Luke!

Capt. Ray Markham
3 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Excellent idea! A dry line vs. a wet line of the same brand, to see if there are differences.

3 months ago

Great break down, and awesome test. I have often wondered that if the main reason for using braid was to improve casting distance for artificial baits on a spinning reel, why not switch to an open face, bait caster reel instead?

Capt. Ray Markham
3 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

I would have to agree with you when the equipment is in the hands of average anglers. However, all distance casting records have been held on revolving spool reels, ie. bait casters, to my knowledge. There are numerous variables when it comes to casting distance when it comes to spinning tackle. It’s not just the line. Certainly, casting into a strong wind will have spinning tackle much easier for most people to use with better results as well as casting with light or ultra-light lures.


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