Fulling Mill Worldclass V2 Fluorocarbon Review
As part of the Fulling Mill Ambassador team, I am fortunate that I often get to try new products before they are released. Usually, this is something that I look forward to, but I must confess that the new Fulling Mill Worldclass V2 Fluorocarbon was not one of those occasions. I think it is important to state up front that this is one product I did not wish to see changed at all. I am a firm believer that in fly-fishing if something works you should not change it and the standard Fulling Mill Worldclass Fluorocarbon has been my go-to standard leader material for Stillwater fishing for many years. I have used it to catch countless fish and have full faith in its reliability for the vast majority of my subsurface fishing.
I am aware that the standard material was not popular with some anglers and many prefer more expensive lower diameter products. I have no issue with that opinion, and Fulling Mill has also launched their Masterclass range which in some situations has advantages as I have discussed in previous blogs and reviews. I do still believe that for 80% of Stillwater and streamer fishing on rivers that the standard Worldclass Fluorocarbon was the best all-round material available, the key is to look at the diameter of the material, not the breaking strain.
With that covered, I will move onto my experience of using the new Fulling Mill Worldclass Fluorocarbon V2 material…
To make this review as fair as possible I wanted to take my time, use the material in a range of fishing situations and not jump to conclusions. I have seen some reviews where anglers have obviously only used a product on a few occasions and this, in my opinion, is not long enough to give an honest and reliable review. With that in mind, I have now used the V2 material over the past 5 months for small water fishing, boat fishing on large reservoirs and also for wild trout in Ireland.
When I first received the leader material to test my initial reaction (as always) was to look at the diameter, not the breaking strain. My first observation was that the new material is slightly finer in diameter when compared to the original material. This immediately gave me some concerns but also some optimism as there is no doubt that a finer diameter will be more successful in a number of situations. Other than the diameter the material looked very similar to the original with a low shine appearance, almost zero memory and the spools holding the material is almost identical.
Despite most of my Stillwater fishing taking place on the small waters and reservoirs in the North of England the new V2 material arrived the day before one of my regular trips to fish for wild trout in County Kerry in Ireland.
During this trip, I fished from both bank and boat using the 4lb and 5lb V2 Fluorocarbon. Early signs were very positive, the material retained the ‘stiffness’ that is so beneficial when fishing teams of flies and I experienced zero breaks despite landing over 100 fish during the week! Now I must state at this point that I did not land any large fish (the biggest would be around 1lb) but I was able to fish for long periods without tangles and also land several double ups. Perhaps most encouraging was that there appeared to be no difference in success between myself and my boat partner, an experienced Irish international who was using 6 and 7lb Premium fluorocarbon.
Since my return to England I also fished a large midlands reservoir where I used the 7lb for fishing large streamers and boobies and the 6lb for washing line tactics. Again, the V2 performed well and there were no noticeable differences in strength or stiffness from what I had been used to with the original material. On this occasion, my boat partner used the original Worldclass material and we caught around the same number of fish throughout the day, including some extremely hard fighting rainbows in the 3-4lb range which hit fast-moving lures very aggressively.
Finally, as winter approaches, I have been able to give the material some extensive use on local stilwaters where I have used it to fish all methods including small nymphs on the 3lb, bung fishing with the 4lb and 5lb and even large snakes flies and weighted streamers on the 6 lb and even 7lb material.
During this time, I have landed well over 100 fish and found the new Fulling Mill Worldclass Fluorocarbon (to my relief) to be comparable to the original!
So, in summary, I feel Fulling Mill have delivered again, whilst the slightly finer diameter may give some advantages at times this is not a game-changer but instead an excellent, reliable and competitively priced product for the angler. I am now happy that I can continue to use my favourite material for the vast majority of my Stillwater fishing with total confidence.
If you are relatively new to fishing or are thinking of trying the new Fulling Mill Worldclass Fluorocarbon V2, below is a simple summary of the methods and flies I would recommend using for each breaking strain;
|Worldclass V2 |||Flies and methods|
|2lb-3lb||Small nymphs (14-16) large dry flies, river wet fly/spiders|
|4lb-5lb||Loch style fishing for small wild trout, nymph and bung fishing on small Stillwaters|
|6lb- 7lb||Reservoir Loch style fishing, lure fishing on small Stillwaters.|
|8lb-10lb||Large fly patterns e.g. weighted snakes and fry patterns, big fish particularly in weedy areas.|