Gear testing binges that involve a lot of fishing can’t be beat, and when I tested out P-Line’s Evolution, luckily, the fish were biting. Hard. The marketing guys at P-Line tell us that Evolution is made with three different nylons and an abrasion-resistant additive. Tugging against all those redfish, speckled trout, and flounder told me that this is a relatively low-stretch line. In fact, those marketing guys claim it has 40-percent less stretch than traditional monofilament, and after using it I’d agree this sounds accurate. Abrasion resistance seemed fine, and since we were fishing around some oyster shell beds, poor abrasion resistance would have quickly been apparent.
A month later I tried it while chumming, one form of fishing where monofilament definitely has an edge over braid. Yes, by then the line showed some memory coming off the spool, but that’s a reality of using mono and it worked well for this task, standing up to multiple stripers in the 24’ to 30” class. Sensitivity was notably better than some monos and I could feel the light taps of hesitant fish, even with a fair amount of line out. Plus, knot strength seems up to snuff.
P-Line Evolution is available in smoke and silver colors. Two to 30-lb. test (0.9 to 14 kg test) can be purchased in 300 and 3,000 yard spools.
Price: $8 - $10/300-yards; $45 to $75/bulk spools.
The Highs: Good sensitivity and low memory for a mono.
The Lows: It has the (reduced) stretch and memory tendencies all monos tend to exhibit, to some degree.
Who Wants It: Bait anglers, live-baiters, chummers, and others who benefit from monofilament on their spool.
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