The new breed

A new fishing line is made by braiding several strands of super-strong fiber together, the same fiber used in bullet-proof vests. It is extremely sensitive to the slightest tug and will surprise fishermen used to more elastic lines. Stronger than steel…. Powerful enough to stop a speeding locomotive…. Able to yank big fish out of the heaviest cover… It’s…. Actually it’s a new breed of premium...

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Smart Materials
Jul06

Smart Materials

The man yanks the flexible fishing rod back in a high arc and whips it to the “hot” spot. The line descends and a big fella strikes. As the fish tugs on the line, the rod miraculously stiffens. When the fish slows its battle, slackening the line, the rod flexes. This fish story employs one in a repertoire of concepts under development at the Michigan State University (MSU) Intelligent Materials and Structures Laboratory....

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