RidgeMonkey RM-Tec Mono and RM-Tec Fluoro lines

RidgeMonkey RM-Tec Mono and RM-Tec Fluoro lines

RRP: £18.99 (1200m of Mono), £24.99 (1000m of Fluoro) | www.ridgemonkey.co.uk

To begin with a conclusion, strong and tough is how we’d describe RidgeMonkey’s debut monofilament line.

It’s a product that had long been rumoured in the industry, and it was clearly well tested before release.

RidgeMonkey's debut lines are a good-value winner

RidgeMonkey's debut lines are a good-value winner

In our tests the RM-Tec Mono exhibited great knot strength and abrasion resistance. The 0.42mm-diameter version is a beast of a line rated at 18lb but is clearly able to withstand much greater punishment.

Available in clear, brown and green, at £18.99 for 1200m, RM-Tec Mono is also decent value. It comes in 12lb (0.35mm), 15lb (0.38mm) and 18lb (0.42mm) strengths.

Moving on to the Fluoro version, the first thing that should be noted is that it is a fluorocarbon-coated line. It is not a ‘pure’ fluorocarbon, but a coated co-polymer.

The RM-Tec Fluoro is a great all-rounder

The RM-Tec Fluoro is a great all-rounder

That keeps cost down and makes it much more manageable, less fragile and easier to cast, but it is more visible underwater and won’t sink quite as well.

That said, we found the RM-Tec Fluoro to be tough and to sink very quickly. At Under £25 for 1000m this is ‘Diet Fluorocarbon’ at a very keen price.

It’s available in 15lb (0.33mm) and 20lb (0.37mm) breaking strains.