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Field Test Results - GAMMA FISHING LINE
« on: April 23, 2006, 06:46:48 PM »

I wanted to provide the results of my own field test on Gamma Fishing Line.

First Im not on their pro staff or affiliated with them in any way right now. 

After doing a stretch-to-break test at the GAMMA booth, at the BASS CLASSIC, I was very impressed how much pull I had to apply to get the GAMMA co-polymer 10-pound test to break.  I also did the same test with 10-pound test Stren and it broke with half of the pull.  Sorry Stren users. :'(

When I came home I was disappointed I didnt buy the SHOW special while I was there and set out to get some Gamma fishing line.

The only place I could find Gamma fishing line was on ebay, and I bought the
6-pound test co-polymer 330-yard spool.

As soon as it arrived I did the stretch-to-break test.  Same result very difficult to break!

Heres what I know so far:

Its very,very strong.
Its very limp and has very little memory if any at all.
It cast like a dream.


Over this past weekend I made approximately (Im guessing) 500 casts from my Abu Garcia cheap model ($19.95) spinning reel.  I was obviously trying to catch fish, but fishing from the exact same spot on shore my options are limited.  I did catch 2 small bass that were schooling and had no problem with the line.

In the 500 casts I never had the slightest hint of a birds nest or the start of one not once!!

I am looking forward to landing a fish with some weight to really see how it holds up.

But right now.. I am extremely impressed. :)

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Re: Field Test Results - GAMMA FISHING LINE
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2006, 06:50:21 PM »

interesting FFF, keep us up to date on your testing.

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Re: Field Test Results - GAMMA FISHING LINE
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2006, 10:27:03 AM »

How is the sens on the gamma line?
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Re: Field Test Results - GAMMA FISHING LINE
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2006, 10:33:51 AM »

have you tried the line in varying degrees of Ph levels? I have to fish water that varies from alkaline to slightly acidic...in the past, some lines I've used don't like water with alot of iron content in the water...glaciers sometimes create lakes of this nature - something we have to deal with in the Northern tier of the country.
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Re: Field Test Results - GAMMA FISHING LINE
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2006, 10:52:46 AM »

How about stretch?
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Re: Field Test Results - GAMMA FISHING LINE
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2006, 10:54:48 AM »

is the line stiff or limp?
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Re: Field Test Results - GAMMA FISHING LINE
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2006, 11:10:11 AM »

allright..................let me see how many questions I can answer.

I've caught 2 bass on the 6 pound test and felt each bite instantly even though they didn't bump into any glaciers...... lo  (sorry Fish - you know me I had to jump on that)

The 2 bass I caught I felt the bite instantly.  Set the hook and fish on.  I also sensed another bite but it turns out it was grass on the bottom.  So I'd say it was sensitive.

Stretch?  I know it has stretch because I've done 2 stretch-to-break tests and it stretches before it finally breaks.

Stiff or limp?  Very limp if you asked me.........and you are asking.

Ph levels?  no earthly clue.......but for some reason we had a green milky looking fluid under the surface.  Never seen that before here on Lake Tarpon.......maybe it's because we haven't had rain for a very, very long time.

So far - I rate it a 10.

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Re: Field Test Results - GAMMA FISHING LINE
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2006, 01:03:54 PM »


So far - I rate it a 10.

FFF

Well, I'm definitely going to have to check it out, if you are giving it a ten.  I've been wondering about it for a while, because I've been sold on using the Froghair fluorocarbon tippet material for fly fishing for a quite a while now.  I was wondering how their Gamma lines work for spinning and baitcasting set ups.  Thanks for the review.   ~c~ 
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Re: Field Test Results - GAMMA FISHING LINE
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2006, 11:32:23 PM »

Here are some line sizes vs. breaking strength for Gamma Copolymer.

line test       breaking strength
4 lb              8.5 lb
6 lb              13 lb
8 lb              15 lb
10 lb            17.5lb
12 lb            20 lb
14 lb            23 lb
17 lb            26.5 lb
20 lb            34 lb
When using this line make sure you have your drag set  properly so you don't break a rod. If you rod has a line rating of 10 to 20 line weight and you are using Gamma copolymer use any from 6 to 12 pound test line & you will not exceed your rods line rating. :)
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Re: Field Test Results - GAMMA FISHING LINE
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2006, 11:30:48 PM »

I've been using it for about a month now and am VERY happy with it...I use mostly the 12 pound line on my baitcasters but do have the 14 at least one of my reels...

It is very sensitive even with the stretch it has...and even after a month on my reels, line memory is still not a real issue at all...

I knew it was strong when I had to break off the other day...had maybe 40-50 feet of line out when I got hung.....trolled out, took up slack and gave a pretty health tug....well the line still didn't break, but the 4/0 straight shank Gammy partially straightned out.. :shocking:

Not that's tough and will continue to use it....The Bass Pro shop in my area so had kept a very good supply of it..you may try to order it online from them...

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Re: Field Test Results - GAMMA FISHING LINE
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2006, 09:26:24 PM »

I used it again today.  The 6 lb. test.  No problems.  Caught 5 bass - nothing big.

Speakin' of orderin' online, guess who owns the domain name where you can order gamma fishing line?  Yep.......me.

www.gammafishingline.com

The domain name was available when I came back from the CLASSIC so I bought it!!



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Re: Field Test Results - GAMMA FISHING LINE
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2006, 11:58:56 PM »

I tried it as well in the #14, cant say I liked it very much. As soon as I tied a Palmar knot I knew I was going to have trouble. As I doubled the line and smashed the tip with my fingers to pass it through the eye of the hook as it came through I noticed it didn't open back up but instead stayed smashed with a kink in the line. Then while fishing for a few days with it I got a few backlashes here and there which I noticed kinks in the line from the backlashes which eventually caused the line to break when I tried to set the hook on something and there went my spinner bait and about 30' of line. Luckily I was able to grab the line floating on the surface and get my bait back but had I had a fish it would be gone.
So my .2 cents is that the #14 is prone to kinks on baitcast reels if you get a back lash or two. It does seem to be tough and sensitive which I credit to it low stretch characteristics. I will probably use it on my bass jig rods where I need a high strength, low stretch/sensitive line.
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Re: Field Test Results - GAMMA FISHING LINE
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2006, 10:23:53 PM »

 ;) BassProShops/Outdoor World is now carring Gamma for those
interested.................
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Re: Field Test Results - GAMMA FISHING LINE
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2006, 08:40:08 AM »

Right about that Okuma, I picked up some of the 10 pound and 12 pound test line, and was impressed with it.  Used 10 pound on my spinning reel, and 12 pound on my baitcaster.  I did not have any problems with either set up with bird's nest, memory, breaking off.  It does have a little bit of stretch, but not too much.  Knot strength was good, not great.  Just be sure to check your knot before throwing it out, because on one tie I did, I pulled the palomer knot out just checking it before throwing it out.  I was impressed overall with it though.   ~c~
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