I came home from work today to find a nice package from Japan in the mailbox waiting for me. Red fluorocarbon! I’ve been talking to a company there about getting some bulk hi-vis level line and they were gracious enough to send me some sample line. Here’s what it looks like and my initial thoughts…
The line is 0.35 mm in diameter making it a slightly heavy #4. It’s made by a company called Mikado and while the line color is marketed as “red”, at first glance, it seemed more of a pink.
However, when I put it next to the Daiwa Plasma line I got on eBay, there was a noticable difference. The Mikado line is indeed “redder” than the Daiwa line (which is a much paler pink). It’s hard to tell from the photo below but there is a big difference in real life.
In terms of visibility, the Mikado line is definitely more visible than the Daiwa line, though I’m not sure it’s as visible as the Tenkara Bum orange level lines. I’ll have to do a little more side-by-side testing to say for sure. My wife and I rented a cabin this weekend that’s literally right on the Arkansas River, so I will be testing out this line (along with some other tenkara gear) and will post my findings. If this line proves to be a winner, I have an opportunity to buy it in bulk which will be nice. If not, then it will have been a fun experiment.
For some reason, they also sent me some clear #2.5 fluorocarbon line on a spool labelled “tenkara”.
I’m not sure why they sent this. I didn’t ask for it and our discussion was clearly (ironically) about high-vis lines. I haven’t really fished a level line this light yet and I’ve already experimented with clear tenkara level lines, but maybe I’ll give it a try in ultra stealthy situations (no wind of course).
Anyway, the experimentation continues here at TenkaraTalk. If you’re not getting out, I hope you’re at least playing around with some tenkara gear or casting in the backyard.