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Tapered Subline and other developments at Korda


THIS month has been manic; what with shooting the next Free DVD, Thinking Tackles, Carp Academies and not forgetting new products that have hit the shelves.

The first part of the next DVD was shot over at the popular Linear Fisheries complex; with James Armstrong, Richard Stewart and Simon Scott tackling Hunts Corner. Oxlease saw Ali Hamidi, Jake Wildbore and Elliott Gray doing the same.

The team caught a few pearlers so ensure you keep an eye out for the DVD, which features so much more fishing rather than blatant tackle plugs. It’s more instructional to help you, the angler!

An Oxlease warrior caught on the DVD

As ever, Carp Academy was huge success with young carpers going home with a wealth of knowledge. All the graduates caught loads of carp and walked home with a several new bits of kit too.

Now, since then a few new bits have hit the shelves one of the stand out products has to be Tapered Subline. It’s so versatile but I don’t think people get why it’s so good, so I thought we’d take a specific look at this unique product…


What is Tapered Subline?

The Tapered Subline is a great all rounder

The Tapered Subline is a smooth, monofilament main line running from 8lb, 10lb or 12lb through to a 40lb integral shockleader. It is designed for slick, long-distance casting. However, it boasts many other advantages over a standard, single breaking strain main line too.


Why use a tapered mainline?

Leader knots are bulky! Consequently, as they travel through the rod rings like a bag of spanners, it can severely decrease your casting distance.

However, Tapered Subline is completely smooth with an integral shockleader at each end; no knots, no hassle, no worries.

Because there are no leader knots involved, the risk of ‘frapping up’ on big casts is also massively reduced and there is nothing for weed to collect on or for a lead system to jam against.

The line is tough and hardwearing meaning that a heavy tournament lead can be blasted with confidence, yet it still retains the subtle features of a great main line. The heavy, 40lb section sinks over the bottom contours and due to its browny colour will blend in over most lake beds.

Not only will the 40lb taper provide shock resistance against a powerful cast, it also acts as a snag leader. So for those of you who fish rough, demanding pits with snaggy branches and underwater obstacles, this is also the perfect solution. 

On many waters, shockleaders are also banned because they can be deemed unsafe in the wrong hands. However, with nothing for your lead system to snag on, these leaders are classed safe everywhere you go.

So with literally everything you want in a main line, why not use it everywhere? Ali Hamidi does…

To get the best from your tapered Subline and maximise its worth, the tapered section has been designed at both ends. This means that you can use the same spool twice by simply reversing it once you have run out of leader.


How do you load it?

This might take a bit of practice the first time around but once you crack it, it will be easy. 
Firstly, wind on the Tapered Subline from the base of your spool (no backing). If it fills up perfectly to the lip, it’s perfect and ready to use.

However, most reels are different, so if you find that it hasn’t filled entirely, simply add backing line to the brim of that same spool. Then, simply wind it onto another spool and hey presto, perfectly filled with no trial and error.




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