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September 16, 2011

Sport Fishing Line Test 2011

How 76 different 20-pound fishing lines stack up in break- and knot-strength testing

Knot Strength

If line manufacturers brag of great knot strength, it might be more than just hype. A rather remarkable 35 of 58 ­monofilaments and fluorocarbons tested with a straightforward 12turn Bimini offered 100 percent strength. Eight more offered virtually full strength at 98 percent or 99 percent. And all but two of 58 tested at more than 90 percent.

A greater range of knot strengths was evident with braided lines, from 100 percent to 80 percent. The Bimini knots in 33 percent of the braids tested (six of 18) broke from 98 percent to 100 percent, a pretty respectable proportion. And 13 of 18 broke at 90 percent or higher.

 Actual Diameters | Strength to Diameter Ratio | Actual Break Strength | Knot Strength | Cost Per Yard