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Fly Fishing Fluorocarbon

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‘Fluorocarbon’ seems to have become the popular, ie. non-scientific name for Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF).   Various mixes of Fluorine, Hydrogen & Carbon are combined together in a commercial process, resulting in a thin, extruded monofilament line in the same way Nylon or Co-Polymer leaders are produced.  Fluorocarbon leader is also alleged to have a refractive index very close to water, thus suggesting it to be less visible to fish than other leaders.  It also has a Specific Gravity greater than water and so is more able to sink below the surface where this is desirable.
Fluorocarbon leader also generally exhibits less stretch than other leader materials which allows sub-surface bites to be detected more quickly.  As with all leaders, not all fluorocarbon leaders are the same and it is always sensible to try a few different brands with your own favourite knots and then decide which, if any, suit your purposes.
Note: Fluorocarbon is NOT bio-degradable, so please remove and safely dispose of all waste tippet.