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Fly Fishing Fluorocarbon
‘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.
Fluorocarbon is used by many anglers all over the world due to its many advantages. One of these is the low visibility that it possesses. This is very useful when targeting skittish fish as they are more likely to take the fly if they don’t see it connected to the fly line. With the low visibility you can also use a larger pound strength without spooking the fish giving you a much better chance of landing the bigger fish. Another advantage is fluorocarbon doesn’t absorb water causing it to have the same strength, sensitivity and handling under water as it does out of water. With high sensitivity, fluorocarbon transmits bites and takes much quicker. This allows anglers to detect fish much quicker and hopefully land one. Fluorocarbon can be used for many types of fishing but is especially effective in targeting those shy fish who that are wary of the line. Due to the stiffness of the line many people choose to use fluorocarbon when fishing a long leader of droppers. We offer an extensive range of brands such as Fulling Mill, Orvis, Wychwood and Greys. All types of fluorocarbon are different so it would be the sensible option to try a few different types and see what you prefer before committing to one. (Note-Fluorocarbon is not biodegradable so always dispose of it properly after using!)