Not all fishing tippets are created equal.
...and MOST overstate their specifications. Stroft is one of the VERY FEW manufacturers to have their lines independantly audited.
Take a look at the fly fishing tippet material you are currently using - it is highly unlikely to carry the EFTTA seal of quality, and yet this certification is available to all line manufacturers.
Ask yourself - Why would they not have their lines tested?
All Stroft Fly Fishing leaders & Tippet material carry the EFFTA seal of approval
As a couple of years ago more and more fishing lines and fly fishing tippet with unrealistic breaking strains came on the market the EFTTA (European Fishing Tackle Trade Association) reacted and set up a neutral test procedure in a laboratory in Great Britain. Since then all manufacturers are able to have the diameter and breaking strain of their lines neutrally verified. When the manufacturer’s values correspond with the test results then they are awarded the EFTTA seal of quality. Further information to the EFTTA line test can be found here: www.EFTTA.com. As of now the consumer has the opportunity to separate the wheat from the chaff and buy verified, quality products that carry the EFTTA label. One should certainly wonder why some products do not carry the EFTTA label, particularly when the breaking strains seam comparatively high.
Stroft GTM: Audited & tested. Shown to be the strongest in test.
Stroft ABR: Audited & tested. Shown to be the strongest in test.
Stroft FC1 Flurocarbon: Audited & tested. Shown to be the strongest in test.
(In some cases, actual breaking strains where higher than stated)
What is the STROFT philosophy?
The aim is to offer the world’s best fishing lines under the utilization of the most modern technology available. See also: WAKU; the company history this far? In order to reach this goal we focus solely on fishing lines, concentrating all our energy and capacity in this produce – we’ve been doing this for over 30 years. Through constant contact to leading departments that concern themselves with the research and development of plastics and monofilament technology and through our own tireless tests and experiments we have developed a high degree of technical competence and “know-how”. STROFT fishing lines are developed “in house” and based on our technical expertise. The lines are then manufactured exclusively for WAKU by manufacturers that have suitable extruding and braiding facilities. Our specifications are constantly monitored and if necessary corrected. We are able to implement new developments immediately. The names of the products aren’t changed. For example, the monofilament fishing line, STROFT GTM, has experienced 36 improvements. Just as the yellow fluorescent STROFT FLUOR. STROFT GTP has been improved on 18 occasions. All this together builds the basis of the flexibility and technical superiority of STROFT products.
A comprehensive guide to everything you ever wanted to know about monofilament and Fluorocarbon and why Stroft make the best tippet material, leaders and fishing lines in the world.
Independant Tests - Monofilament Fishing Lines
The fishing magazine "Rute und Rolle" published the results of a test that had been carried out by the TUV Munich
(German standards organisation); various properties and characteristics of 10 monofilament fishing lines from a
range of manufacturers were compared. E.g. the stated thickness - actual diameter – knot-strength before and after
stretching the line - the elasticity before and after having stretched the line - the knot-strength after being stored in a
hot atmosphere - the elasticity after having been stored in a hot atmosphere.
The unquestionable winner was STROFT GTM.
Multifilament (braided) Fishing Lines
The fishing magazine "Blinker" published a test in which properties and characteristics of 12 different multifilament lines
from a range of manufacturers were compared:
Braiding, suppleness, surface, thickness, castability, line-lay, resistance to abrasion, breaking strain
(BFAFi – Fisheries-Research-Institute in Hamburg)
The unquestionable winner was STROFT GTP.
Quote: The winning line is clearly STROFT GTP from WAKU. It was found to be extremely thin In comparison to its
stated diameter, and classified as round and supple. On the water the line lay, and its casting characteristics were impressive. The breaking strain was found to be greater than that stated on the spool.