Skip to main content Skip to main content

Scientific Anglers Absolute Fluorocarbon Shock

Scientific Anglers Absolute Fluorocarbon Shock

In his story “Five Myths About Saltwater Tackle” author Nathaniel Linville recommends IGFA-legal saltwater leaders where the weakest part of the leader is 16-pound-test or 20-pound-test fluorocarbon or nylon monofilament. These leaders still have a shock tippet, a maximum 12 inches of much heavier material connected to the fly to prevent the teeth of the fish from cutting through the line. Tarpon don’t even have teeth, but their mouths are textured like heavy-grit sandpaper. It can tear the skin off your hands and under pressure it would grind through 20-pound-test monofilament in seconds. The solution is a tippet made of much heavier Absolute Fluorocarbon Shock tippet to withstand the abrasive mouths of saltwater gamefish like snook, permit, and tarpon. It comes on a 5-inch, open-hub spool so it’s not coiled, and Scientific Anglers says it has 15% better knot strength than their previous brands of fluorocarbon. It’s available in 25- to 80-pound-test, 30 meters per spool in all sizes. $25 |

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

Tying Olsen

Tying Olsen's Blowtorch Nymph Fly

Charlie Craven shows how to tie Olsen's Blowtorch Nymph fly in this step-by-step video guide.

Tying the Problem Child Fly

Tying the Problem Child Fly

In this fly-tying video, learn how the Problem Child fly is made.

Benefits of Using a Kayak for Fishing

Benefits of Using a Kayak for Fishing

This video will give you a brief overview of the additional fishing opportunities and benefits of owning a kayak.

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Fly Fisherman App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Fly Fisherman stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Fly Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now