Sunday, April 17, 2005


The Berkley division of Pure Fishing, top-line producers of America’s favorite fishing tackle, is more than a little excited about its revamped Vanish fluorocarbon fishing line. Berkley says it has taken a quantum leap with a technological breakthrough that should appeal to anglers of every stripe.

Its name is Vanish Transition and after numerous tests on local tidal waters and freshwater ponds, I find it delivers as promised. The Vanish Transition lines are like chameleons; for fishermen who want to know where their line is after a cast, the Vanish Transition delivers. When exposed to sunlight, the clear Transition line physically turns into a high-visibility color (a deep gold), yet when it’s on a store shelf or enters the water, it’s clear and said to be invisible to the fish.

The chameleon effect has something to do with an optical additive engineered into the fluorocarbon line. When exposed to sunlight or ultra-violet light, the molecular structure undergoes a temporary chemical change. Remove the bright light and the chemical process is reversed; the line returns to a clear state.

I’ve watched it do this, having successfully used two spinning outfits loaded with 10-pound test Vanish Transition in unusually clear water and also in murky post-storm runoff waters in the Potomac under sunny and overcast skies.

The Vanish Transition performed very nicely. Fluorocarbon lines do not absorb water and maintain 100 percent of their knot and line strength when wet, which is important. This Vanish Transition is super flexible and has a higher knot strength than previous fluorocarbon lines. As advertised, it does indeed appear to be abrasion resistant and, of course, sinks quicker than regular monofilament lines, which is important when you use lipped crankbaits and such.

The line comes in a wide variety of test poundages. It isn’t cheap, costing $14.99 for a 250-yard filler spool (or starting at $104.99 for 2,000-yard bulk spools), but since it lasts and doesn’t need to constantly be replaced, it might be a bargain.

— Gene Mueller

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