Prancing Pony wrote:I understand what you mean but it still cannot be an excuse for the companies not labeling their products correctly.
There's actually a significant problem that prevents US lines from switching over to an IGFA accurate labeling system: only a small percentage of their customers are educated enough to understand what's going on. For the rest of the consumers who have always bought, e.g. Trilene XT, they're going to think something's wrong because their ten pound test line no longer breaks at fifteen pounds, and they keep losing fish and tackle to breakoffs they never had before. The conclusion these anglers will reach is that their old favorite line now sucks and they have to try something else. I also wonder if there wouldn't be considerable retooling required for production. I don't know how fishing line is made, but I imagine each rated pound test has some machine(s) that controls the diameter of the line. If they suddenly switch over, I don't think they can just switch the machine that produces 12 and call it 17. If you want breaking strength to be accurate, then the manufacturer has to figure out what diameter really is 4# and 8#, etc.; otherwise, they'll have lines that come in 7#, 11#, 19#, etc., and less informed anglers won't understand what they're buying, and there will be no standard offerings from brand to brand or even line to line within the same brand. People want lines that are 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 17, 20 pound test, etc. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think they'd confuse and annoy a big part of their customer base. Hell, I'm pretty detail oriented, and I find it difficult to decide which strength of a Sunline product I want to buy. 16# Supernatural probably breaks at the same point as 10# Sufix Seige. I know what to expect and how hard I can pull and set the hook with Seige, but I don't know what to expect from Sunline. If I go with Sunline 10# for applications that I used 10# Seige, I'm going to get lots of breakoffs. The best we can hope to get from American line manufacturers is the labeled strength and the actual breaking strength on the same package so people can begin to get used to reality. It'll take a long time after that before they'll go to a system where they label true strength.