Valcan Tenkara Line
With the impending extinction of the famous orange level line from Tenkara Bum, many tenkara anglers have been on the quest for a good replacement. Sanyo has recently come out with a new orange fluorocarbon line of its own called Valcan, but is it a good substitute for the Tenkara Bum line?
At first glance, the line looks very bright on the spool and promises to be just as high vis as the Tenkara Bum line.
But when placed side by side with the Tenkara Bum line and the new Tenkara USA yellow line, it “pales” in comparison.
“Pale” is the key word here. As you can see in the photo above, whereas the Tenkara Bum and Tenkara USA lines “glow”, the Valcan line is a more subtle, opaque color. And there isn’t anything wrong with that. In fact, some people actually prefer duller colored opaque lines. It just means it isn’t as high vis as the Tenkara Bum line (or Tenkara USA line for that matter).
In terms of castability, the Valcan line is pretty much the same as the Tenkara Bum line and has the same memory. By comparison, the Tenkara USA line has much less memory and casts “smoother”.
While the Valcan line from Sanyo is a good line, anyone looking for a Xerox of the Tenkara Bum lines won’t find it here. But if ultra high visibility isn’t high on your priority list and you prefer more subtle colored lines, this is a good one to try out.