Ace Velocity Tapered Leader Line,
Tapered Leader Lines are nothing new, they offer a level of safety and insurance against the dreaded 'crack-off' - expensive at best and deadly at worst!
The main advantage of the taper over standard leaders is the ability to tie the thinner diameter line onto the mainline in a small, cleaner fitting knot with improved knot strength. A great idea and effective solution, however Velocity eliminates the knot completely in a single shot 300m Spool with Tapers at BOTH ends.
The sizes are geared at Carp Anglers with a 10lb/25lb, 12lb/30lb & 15lb/30lb - but any of those will fit in very nicely to light tides and where casting 3oz Grippers or Bass fishing with 3oz Bombs. Remember to use 10lb of breaking strain for each 1oz you want to cast.
Once you get over the brilliant feature of the double taper, you'll need to take a long hard look at the line itself. Like all mono's you'll want to balance how stiff the line is against memory and also consider stretch and abrasion resistance.
Stiffness/Limpness: Velocity has it spot on, the line feels right on the rod and smoothly beds into the common knots use on leaders to swivels. The scales would swing towards Stiffness but youre not using this for snoods, it's an out and out casting line.
Memory: It's not exactly got Alzheimers but a pig tail can be stretched out with a couple of retained pulls. The line will load very well and even better if dropped in a bucket of warm water prior to loading a spool.
Stretch: As expected the 30lb Shock has more stretch than the 'body' 12lb line, overall the line has enough stretch to get you out of jail on a diving Bass or Pollock but not too much that light bites are absorbed over distance.
Abrasion: We've used it in testing over mixed and clean grounds and we've noticed a good abrasion resistance, indeed we didn't notice any abrasion!
Low Visibility: Constructed in a low viability translucent green the line is designed to be stealthy for the most wiley of Carp!
Taper Length and Casting: The taper starts to noticeably thin at about 30-34ft giving even long rods a good number of winds onto the reel for casting. The line casts as well as you would expect it to, after all it was designed for fishing at extreme range for the Specimen Anglers.