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Re: free leader

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i used to think that nail knots sucked too till i got a tying tool...its fast and easy and i can ty a full leader is 10 to 15 min with this tool. they are cheap too!

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Posted on: 2010/2/18 16:48


Re: free leader

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I make a loop in my fly line and whip finish/knotsense it. A leader change is a matter of a minute now. For all the times I switch back and forth between sink tips, it's crucial, but I also enjoy being able to switch between my nymph leaders and my dry fly leaders at will.

Posted on: 2010/2/18 16:54


Re: free leader

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I tie a connector loop onto the end of the flyline, it's smaller than a loop in the flyline and doesn't catch as much.

Posted on: 2010/2/18 17:04


Re: free leader

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many different ways to connect , some will argue that loop to loop loses too much energy for dry fly casts , and hinges too much , i don't see a problem with it , i am with jay L here we both like the cortland braided loop fly line connector ...lmao

Posted on: 2010/2/18 18:10


Re: free leader

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i use the tool above for nail knot , but i use it to connect different size tippets together , just tie a nail knot and turn the tool arround and tie another creating a back to back nail knot and pull both running lines together to cinch it and trim tag ends , someone had a video of a demo on the tool ,

Posted on: 2010/2/18 18:15


Re: free leader

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Quote:

blueheron wrote:
I tie a connector loop onto the end of the flyline, it's smaller than a loop in the flyline and doesn't catch as much.


blueheron

What is a connector loop? I would like to start using a loop to loop but the darn thing always gets caught in the first eye of the rod. I like to use a long leader and tippet, when I have a fish on it's a pain to land the fish!

Eyes are to bad to ty those knots anymore. I always wait till I go up to the camper to change then, then I get Jonas or Jim to do it for me.

Maxima

Recived my leaders yesterday, they look very well done.

Thank you!

PaulG

Posted on: 2010/2/19 4:26


Re: free leader

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some people don't like em but i use a cortland fly line loop , they are braided and u slide them onto fly line and heat shrink the tubing with a hair dryer or i slide the braid onto the fly line then wrap kevlar thread arround the braid up to where it meets the fly line and super glue it , could use knotsense too , then i just clinch knot my leader to the loop for nymphing changing for me is easy to just clinch not it , dry fly i use the loop in the tapered leader to connect loop to loop , just how i do it and change the sortland fly line loop every season , i never broke one but some have and i probably fish ALOT u could say

Posted on: 2010/2/19 8:43


Re: free leader

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As long as they are wrapped with thread, like troutslammer mentioned, the braided loops are ok.

Just make sure you don't skip that step. Just following the directions and using nothing but shrink tubing has failed me a few times.

Posted on: 2010/2/19 9:44


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jayL wrote:
As long as they are wrapped with thread, like troutslammer mentioned, the braided loops are ok.

Just make sure you don't skip that step. Just following the directions and using nothing but shrink tubing has failed me a few times.



If you gunna wrap the braided loop with thread, why not wrap the thread around the fly line and make a loop. I've had braided loops fail even with thread and have never used them since.

Posted on: 2010/2/19 10:03


Re: free leader

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That's why I do it your way.

Posted on: 2010/2/19 10:10


Re: free leader

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good call afish. the best low-profile loop is made by getting a blade and cutting the tip of the flyline at a shallow angle. Doube it over and use a touch of super glue to stick the cut end to the flyline. Wait a minute, cover with thread and add a bit of flex-cement.

This makes a low-profile tapered loop that won't pull out and floats well. Been using this setup on all my lines for years with no problems. They've held up to lots of steelies

Posted on: 2010/2/19 10:16


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Posted on: 2010/2/19 10:35


Re: free leader

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I've never used loop to loop before so I'll try it out this year. I was a bit confused by a tutorial on the perfection loop, but found it quite easy trying it last night. I'm going to tie on a small butt section and put a permanent loop on the end and exchange out leaders from that point. Thanks again Maxima!

Posted on: 2010/2/19 15:07
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Re: free leader

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recieved my leaders today , can`t wait to try them out , thank you very much maxima

Posted on: 2010/2/19 23:11
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Re: free leader

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Got my free leaders today. I'm excited to try them out. Thanks for the hookup Maxima!

Posted on: 2010/2/19 23:14



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