There has been a lot of mixed feelings on the new Berkley NanoFil fishing line. Some people say it's not reliable, breaks at the knot easily. Others say it's amazing, it's strong and casts a mile. Here's what we thought about it.
First thing I want to talk about is something a lot of people are complaining about. The knot strength. All over the net are reviews and message board posts saying this line breaks all the time at the knot. This is something at first I thought to be true. Before taking the line out to the water I tried and tested a Improved Clinch Knot several times. The first time I tied the knot I took my time and paid close attention to how well the knot was forming. I wet the line and slowly pulled the knot tight. Once it was tight I trimmed the excess line leaving 1/4 inch. I can tell you right now that there is no way that knot is going to come loose while tied properly (more on this later). I was very pleased with the strength of the knot so I cut it off and decided to try it again. This time I tied the knot more quickly and didn't wet the line before pulling the knot tight. Before the knot had a chance to tighten all the way the line snapped with very little pressure. At this point I realized the amount of friction caused by tightening the knot without the line being wet was too much for it to handle. Do not ever tie a knot with this line without wetting it! My third attempt I took my time and did everything properly just like the first knot again. The outcome was a good strong knot that did not seem to slip at all.
I was a little nervous the first time I took this line out to the water, but I tied on my snap swivel and headed out with only this line. There was that fear of getting a good fish and the line just coming loose for no reason. Fortunately my fears quickly disappeared when I got my shad rap caught on something. After a lot of pulling, and I mean a lot, the lure finally broke loose. I thought for sure after everything I had read that the knot was just going to slip and my lure was going to be gone. Also, on top of the fear of the knot coming loose was that I was only using 8lb line. I can say that this line should have broke with the amount of force I put on it to try and get the lure loose, but it didn't. When I got the lure in I checked the knot and everything looked just fine. So I decided to put the knot through even more hell.
After catching 10 fish with the largest being 4lb the knot is still good! In fact my swivel bent before this line has even come close to breaking. I dragged this line through weeds, bounced lures over sharp jagged rocks and even at one point without paying attention dragged it on a cement wall in front of me while retrieving my lure without it breaking. You can trust this line!
WOW! Want to get maximum water coverage? Use this line. This is one thing almost everyone can agree on with this line. It can cast a country mile. You'll need to get use to it at first because you will be over shooting your targets. For me, being in a wheelchair, the distance I get out of it is a huge help. There are a lot of times I can not get as close to the water as other anglers and I lose a lot of distance in my cast. NanoFil fixes that problem for me.
As far as sensitivity I think it's amazing. I can feel just about every tap, tick and maybe even sniff of my lure ;0). I have yet to miss a hook up on a fish while using it. The line does like to run wild in the wind. It looks like a strand of spider web floating through the air and can be hard to manage light weight lures or finesse tactics. When the wind and water is calm this line really shines with finesse presentations. You can see it well and feel a fish nibbling on your bait!
I really don't have more to say on castability and sensitivity besides amazing. Oh yeah, one more thing. Tired of your line looping on your spinning reels? This line has no memory that we have seen. Your line will lay flat on the water.
I could write a ton more about this line but I'm not going to. The simple point I'd like to make is that don't believe all the bad things you've heard about this fishing line. The knots stay strong as long as they are tied properly and enough excess line is left incase of slippage. I don't think I'll use anything else besides this line on my spinning reels unless I'm fishing in very heavy cover. In which case I'll probably be using my baitcast reel anyway.
Also just so you know my first cast with this line was a month ago and I haven't re-tied the knot yet. I still have the same swivel on there and will report the first time I need to change the knot. Although I don't think that will be anytime soon. NanoFil is truly an amazing line.