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Deckhand
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What is the benefit of 12 strand spectra vs 16 strand? Is blue spectra better than white?
 
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I brought out the 12 strand for two reasons. The first quite honestly was to put to rest a debate that I did not buy into. Given that most producers of braid did not offer 16 strand except in perhaps one test, and that one test was significantly more expensive (it is harder and more expensive to produce), there were some folks who rightly or wrongly proposed that 12 had some benefits over a 16 strand. The most hard to fathom was the argument that 12 retained less water and bait presentation would improve. I don't buy into that one at all. My opinion is that diameter is diameter, and since PE braids don't absorb water I can't see the logic in that argument. But, I wanted to eliminate that from being a distraction from the ToroTamer lineup. And, if folks wanted a 12 strand, well we could do that too!

Secondly, 12 strand is less expensive to produce. By introducing a 12 strand to the TT line we can offer a less expensive product to folks, and hopefully attract more to learn about the benefits of in-line rigging.

There are some benefits to a hollow line regardless of whether or not a person does in-line rigging. The line will pack better than solid, since it will lay flat under pressure we can gain a bit of line capacity. It also has less propensity to dig into itself when pulling against drag.

Now, blue verses white, probably a subjective one there as well. I won't say one's better than the other, but a colored braid is more time consuming and harder to make. In the past ALL colored hollow core braids were more difficult to work with in terms of inline rigging. The ToroTamer coloring process is different than the other folks, most specifically Jerry Brown's line which has clumps of paint running through the hollow core making it more difficult to work with. So, I wanted to demonstrate to those who might have skepticism, that Toro Tamer can produce a colored hollow core that is also better from a coloring standpoint. We already demonstrated that the 16 strand line is by far the easiest on the market to work with, and we were the ONLY producer capable of making a 20 and 30 lb test hollow core.

In our advertising we state that Toro Tamer is "The new best in class." I have reason to say that, and by introducing both a 12 strand, and a colored one at that, we further the argument that we do have the best line on the market today. I will be producing a white version of the 12, but wanted to tackle the harder issue first - the colored line. No doubt, the white will prove a bit easier for inline rigging, especially at the lighter tests of 40 and 60 lb.


Great Stuff!
Mark
 
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Hey Mark-just curious.....has anyone tried to hook a flyline to hollow braid by sliding and sato or serve connection? I'd like to eliminate those knots!
 
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Yep, and it's a great way to rig the lines. We have a video posted on our YouTube channel showing that. No need to go Sato, the flyline's grippy as she sits...and a bit thick as well. We demo'd just using a bit of our glue, though a nail knot and glue would probably be preferable. Check YouTube CharkBait USA or via the Toro Tamer YouTube channel - linked via Toro Tamer's website.


Great Stuff!
Mark
 
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Thanks, I'll pass this along.
 
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