- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 22, 2002

Two different fishing lines have been introduced by Pure Fishing, the Iowa-based parent company of stellar tackle brands like Abu Garcia, Fenwick, Berkley, Johnson, Mitchell, Red Wolf and Spider.
Berkley's new IronSilk is not a conventional monofilament but rather a line that, thanks to a research breakthrough, employs chemistry known as "reinforced chemical matrix." Berkley's laboratories have come up with a way that molecularly reinforces nylon molecules (pardon the apparently redundant use of the words). It can be favorably compared to construction concrete that is reinforced with steel rods, only this fishing line is smooth as, well, silk and strong as can be.
IronSilk is said to be up to 300 percent more abrasion resistant than other tough lines. It casts extremely smooth, allows strong and tight knots of any kind, plus it reduces nicks, cuts and line wear.
Over the past two months, I've used 14-pound-test IronSilk on a casting reel and 8-pound-test on a spinning reel. The factory claims are not exaggerated. The line casts wonderfully smooth, line stretch is practically unheard of and abrasion hasn't been a serious problem even in our barnacle-infested tidal waters.
IronSilk is not cheap, costing up to $12 a 250-yard filler spool, but prices vary depending on the different strengths it comes in. The two colors I've used, a bright fluorescent green or a quiet, moss green, have done well, but I tend to lean more to the moss color when I fish for largemouth or smallmouth bass.
The new Spiderwire Stealth is a braided line that is ultra-thin yet super strong and made in a tight weave that is pressure-treated with Teflon micro fibers.
The Stealth line reminds me a great deal of the no longer available Whiplash line from Berkley. I can't help wondering whether the Whiplash brand had to go because the Pure Fishing Co. acquired the Spider brand, but some of its technology was incorporated into the new Stealth line.
Whatever the truth, the 10-pound-test Stealth on one of my small spinning reels has a diameter of 2-pound-test line. It has been terrific while fishing for crappies in brushy waters. Despite its thin diameter, the line does not "dig" into the spool as some braids will. (The manufacturer recommends a bit of monofilament line backing to reduce spool slippage because braids can be so slick.)
Spiderwire Stealth can cost $15.45 for the 10/2 line, with prices increasing as the strengths increase.
To learn more about either line, go to berkley-fishing.com or spiderwire.com.

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