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Recently bought spools of 4x, 5x and 6x fluorocarbon tippet from Rio. All of them break with very little stress. Anyone else having any issues? Sent an email to Rio, have yet to get a response. Guide spools that cost nearly $40 should not break like they are and Rio should stand by their product. Anyways just seeing if others have had any problems like this.

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When fishing for trout, my experience is opposite to yours.

Do you apply saliva and pull slowly over 6-10 seconds.

What knot are you using ?

For fluorocarbon line these three knots are the best:

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Recently bought spools of 4x,5x and 6x fluorocarbon tippet from Rio. All of them break with very little stress. Anyone else having any issues? Sent an email to Rio, have yet to get a response. Guide spools that cost nearly $40 should not break like they are and Rio should stand by their product. Anyways just seeing if others have had any problems like this.
Where is your line breaking? Line knots? At the eye of the hook?
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This doesn’t have anything to do with my knots. I can pull a couple feet off a spool and pull with my fingers and it breaks. This product is flawed. At first I thought it was my knots but trust me, I’ve been fishing over 30 years it has nothing to do with me. This stuff breaks like it’s 8/0 tying thread.
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For me it's the opposite. Rio fluoroflex plus is my goto material. I've found that the material either breaks while tightening the knot or doesn't at all (in other words if I do the knot right). I've had issues with other brands, but not the Rio stuff.

That's just my experience. If you are finding it breaking like crazy, I would either try another spool bought elsewhere (not the same retailer), or just get a Rio rep to hopefully replace refund, and the stick to another brand you are happy with.

It's expensive stuff and you are right not to be happy is you think it's flawed.

Just my 0.02$

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Holster, where did you buy those tippet spools? (A general answer, like "tackle shop" is ok.) Tippet material is a chemical product, so it may be a bad batch. Or it might have been sun-baked in a window display, or kept in a wholesaler's warehouse for too many years.
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Also, these aren’t my first spools of fluoroflex plus. I’ve had plenty of this stuff and never had an issue. But I think there’s a bad batch out there or perhaps these spools were exposed to the sun or something. I’ve had them less than a month and they’ve been in my gear bag. I’m just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience and also to warn anyone thinking about buying some to test it before purchasing.
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These were purchased from Rio.
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Then Rio has a moral and probably legal obligation to "make you whole."
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This doesnít have anything to do with my knots. I can pull a couple feet off a spool and pull with my fingers and it breaks. This product is flawed. At first I thought it was my knots but trust me, Iíve been fishing over 30 years it has nothing to do with me. This stuff breaks like itís 8/0 tying thread.
Not accusing you of tying bad knots but its the most logical place to start since you didn't say anything other than your tippet was breaking. I agree with reaching out to RIO. Ive always had good luck with Fluoroflex so Im surprised at your bad luck with it.
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These were purchased from Rio.
Move on. If they don't get right back to you then find another brand. There's lots of good material out there.
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These were purchased from Rio.
Move on. If they don't get right back to you then find another brand. There's lots of good material out there.
Yep couldn’t agree more.
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Holster, where did you buy those tippet spools? (A general answer, like "tackle shop" is ok.) Tippet material is a chemical product, so it may be a bad batch. Or it might have been sun-baked in a window display, or kept in a wholesaler's warehouse for too many years.
Fluorocarbon line is made from Polyvinylidene fluoride, which is very resistance to degradation. You can hand on on the tree at Spring and by Fall it will still hold like a new.

May be it was bad batch, not properly extruded or Rio spooled wrong line.

I had few issues with Rio line in the past and they always send me new product and never asked to send back the original.

Juts called them.
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Holster, where did you buy those tippet spools? (A general answer, like "tackle shop" is ok.) Tippet material is a chemical product, so it may be a bad batch. Or it might have been sun-baked in a window display, or kept in a wholesaler's warehouse for too many years.
Fluorocarbon line is made from Polyvinylidene fluoride, which is very resistance to degradation. You can hand on on the tree at Spring and by Fall it will still hold like a new.

May be it was bad batch, not properly extruded or Rio spooled wrong line.

I had few issues with Rio line in the past and they always send me new product and never asked to send back the original.

Juts called them.
Tried calling customer service several times. Line instantly disconnects. My cell phone says line is busy. Will try again soon. But after that just going to cut my losses.
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I've had issues with fluoru being super brittle and breaking very easily, too. i just use mono.
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