Braided line has made an enormous impact on the bass fishing industry, most notably in the shallow-water pitching and flipping realm. Its no stretch properties allow you to wrench big fish from thick cover with a remarkably high landing percentage.
I've been using Seaguar Flippin' Braided Line for several months. After putting it in some uncompromising situations, it has certainly made a positive impression on me.
You'll quickly notice that Seaguar Flippin' Braided Line is completely black in color. Bass fishing legend Denny Brauer helped design this line and he wanted it this way so it would blend in with the surroundings when fishing thick wood and grass.
It's also made using 8 ultra-thin strands weaved together in order to provide anglers with a smaller diameter without compromising strength.
This line is only available in two sizes—both tailor-made for fishing heavy cover. The 50-pound test has a .370-millimeter diameter and the 65-pound test has a .405-millimeter diameter. One 100-yard spool starts at $29.99, so it's a little on the high side.
I'll start by saying that I've pitched, flipped and frogged with this line. I absolutely love fishing the thick stuff, so I've put Seaguar Flippin' Braided Line through just about anything you can think of.
I cannot get this line to break. I've flipped trees, docks and grass without any breakage issues whatsoever. When my bait gets hung on a laydown and I try to pull it free, I actually pull my boat towards the tree. It's tough and regardless of your fishing style, I'd be shocked if you found a way to snap it.
It seems to be much quieter than a lot of braids as it goes through your line guides. Some anglers think that makes a difference in regards to getting more bites, but I'm not quite sure yet. It is, however, not near as noisy as some of the other braided lines I've tested.
I really like that this line rarely cinches down on itself; nothing will make me throw a spool of braided line in the trash quicker. With Flippin' Braid, I can execute a hard hook set, unhook the fish and more times than not, get right back to casting. It's very manageable on the spool and you'll rarely get a backlash.
In regards to the color, I have had a lot of bites while flipping wood and grass. Is it solely because of the black color? I can't say for certain, but my success rate has been noteworthy. Color retention is fair, but nothing drastically worse than any other braid I've used.
This is a really good braided line that's incredibly tough. You can lay the wood to big bass without worries of line failure and its black color is an intriguing idea. If you want a tough line for shallow-water close combat, this is worth a look.