Posted September 06 2010 - 06:27 PM
Posted September 06 2010 - 06:30 PM
Posted September 07 2010 - 09:53 AM
If you don't like braided mono for some reason, (like the noise it makes going through the guides) you could always use regular dacron braided backing or dacron trolling line.
Posted September 07 2010 - 10:56 AM
For inshore species, I'd make a small loop on the fly line by simply folding it back on itself, lashing with some 6/0 thread, adding a drop of crazy glue, and finishing with a short length of shrink tubing.
On the backing, I'd make an 8" loop with either a treble surgeon's knot, spider hitch, or bimini twist. Then, you can change out fly lines very easily.
For offshore species, best to visit the search engines or offshore forums, like Dan Blanton's for ideas. Like the moderator indicated above, folks will have 'pet' styles of connections, regardless of specie or location.
Posted September 07 2010 - 11:23 AM
Posted September 07 2010 - 11:56 AM
I think in an older post Herb used the Knot Sense to tell what line he was using by putting a dab or 2-3 on the end of the line.
Knot Sense is a product simular to the new acrylics ( Tuffeye,CCG,BB ) that bonds with a UV Light ( Blue Lite with Tuffeye ) The Sun will also cure it.
So if you decide to try it make sure you apply the Knot Sense indoors & the go outdoors to cure thats if you don't have a UV light.
Knot Sense sells for $6.95 at most Fly Shops. It comes in a 1oz tube. I've also used it on the head of flies. Dreies Clear & Hard & no Tacky effect.
Posted September 07 2010 - 12:52 PM
Posted September 07 2010 - 06:49 PM
Posted September 07 2010 - 08:03 PM
21 Parker SE "Dragon Fly"
Posted September 08 2010 - 07:40 AM
Nail knot is not strong as backing peels coating off. Some line coating break very easy. It has not failed with everyone but anyhow Nail knot is weak.
New loop to fly line is easy to weld with heat gun (or lighter fire heat) and heat shrink tubing if line must changed often.
Posted September 08 2010 - 08:16 AM
You beat me to it. I use the Albright Knot a lot to attach backing to running end of fly lines. I like it as it is strong and you lose very little running line making the knot.
I find about 8 turns is enough or Knot will not pull up nicely.
The great thing about the Albright Knot is that you can do it dead easy in the field and to any fly line. You can even use it as an emergancy Knot at the front end of your fly line to attach your leader to. I have had to do this a couple of times. It is my get out of jail card.
Good to practice for OP as there is a knack in how you pull the knot together.
Posted September 08 2010 - 08:55 PM
However, I've learned how to do them myself, after a big discussion about them here a couple years ago and swear by them now. Certainly, they are overkill for most fishing.
I just made a video that I think is more clear than what I could find when I was trying to figure out how to do them.
Here is a youtube link if anyone is interested assuming it doesn't get erased.
Posted September 09 2010 - 04:23 PM
Posted September 09 2010 - 04:42 PM
Excellent video. I plan to install one on a shooting head tonight.
One suggestion. Color the mono with an indelible marker to camouflage it from the biters. Spanish Mackerel love anything on a fly line that is different.
Thank you. Another reason to visit this site. I'll send your video to my son.