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Re: Leader to Line Connection

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2012/12/9 15:03
From Lewistown, PA
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Don't use a lighter! I learned that the hard way. It doesn't make a very secure connection. Let's just say I almost list a whole leader to a false cast... Like a couple other guys said- I like tying some heavy mono to the line with a nail knot, then use surgeon's loops for a loop to loop connection to the leader. I like "amnesia" 20 or 30 lb test - it's high vis so you can use it as a sort of indicator. The nail knot's really strong, but kind of a pain to tie, so I think this is a good compromise.

Posted on: 2013/2/7 10:57


Re: Leader to Line Connection

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2009/4/1 21:52
From Johnstown, PA
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A lighter works but you aren't supposed to set it on fire!!!!! You almost lost the leader cause you didn't shove the mono up into the braid far enough , shove it up until it hits the loop part and won't go any farther.

Posted on: 2013/2/8 9:49


Re: Leader to Line Connection

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Ha ha yea... I have to admit that almost losing the leader was more my fault than the braided loop's... Maybe if I had taken more time to put it on it wouldn't have been a problem.

Posted on: 2013/2/11 20:23


Re: Leader to Line Connection

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2012/2/7 12:42
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Based on recommendations from the forum, I purchased a tapered leader and attached with the trusty nail knot. Maybe I'll use the shrink connector next time. Thanks!!

Posted on: 2013/2/13 9:43


Re: Leader to Line Connection

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2009/6/5 8:38
From Schuylkill County
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I have been using these braided loop connections for many years but recently my confidence in them was shaken. I had replaced the connector at the beginning of the season on a fly line that probably should have been replaced since it was starting to crack and dry out. About a month ago while trying to free my rig from an overhead tree, the connector slipped right off the fly line. I again replaced the connector when I returned home. A few weeks later the connection again failed. This time while landing a nice rainbow. As I said, I have been using these connectors for years with no problems. I believe the issue in this case was the aging, cracked and dry condition of the fly line.

Posted on: 2013/10/15 11:42



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