aquaholik

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  1. Berkley Braid Pro Spec or Trilene Braid or Fireline Braid (they are all the same S/W ratio) for braids in 20-80 lbs. Not expensive in bulk spool on fleabay.
  2. Yes I did test the Vicious No Fade Braid in 20 lbs. From the feel of it, it does live up to it's No Fade reputation. It's slightly below 2.0 in S/W. Good PR knot strength. Slightly below average FG knot strength. I have an entry for it in the chart right before Yozuri Super Braid. 20 lbs test is actually 37 lb ABS with a line mass of 20 mg/ft, FG knot in three tests is consistently 23 lbs. PR Knot came in at 33 lbs. Bimini at 28 lbs.
  3. I did a few. Getting around the 60% mark for Spiderwire Stealth 10lbs. 18/30 lbs. Yes I don't have any 10 lbs on hand so if someone could send it, I'll test it.
  4. FG is shorter so it casts better thru guides and you don't need a tool. PR is great for dropping straight down or when you need maximum knot strength KNOWING THAT YOU WILL NOT GET HUNG UP ON STRUCTURE! A 95-100% PR knot is really bad for casting from land and getting hung up on structure IF your leader is stronger than your main braided line. You risk breaking off the braid at the reel or somewhere in the middle since your line is 90-100% anywhere along the length of the cast. Tie a PR knot at the 100% section and you risk losing lots of braid when you are hung up. This same thing can happen to FG knot in very thin braid since FG knot for 8 lbs and under braid can exceed 90%.
  5. Performance is the older 6 strands braid. It feels rougher but not as rough as regular PP.
  6. Yep. I did it once for testing. But even more difficult is trying to stitch small braid together for braid to braid join.
  7. That's great. I forgot about the Bimini using a bobbin! Also the second bobbin with thinner braid also boost the FG knot strength. Great alternative to PR knot if you need to cast thru the guides since FG knot is much shorter than PR. Yes APP66 is the man! Also if you think about it, a Bimini knot is really a PR knot over itself instead of over the leader!
  8. Most of the good braid whose S/W is 2.0 or higher tends to adhere to this chart within 5-10%. Nice to see the derivation of diameter agreeing very well with this chart.
  9. Yep. Here's the one sent to me for testing. The derived diameter is about 10 percent larger but the labeling are all over the place as far as strength and diameter.
  10. The cheaper 7 sea or similar $35 one works fine also. Start with about medium tension for most braid and load test to 50% of labeled strength to really seat the knot. FG does not creep but a loosely tie PR knot will. FG is interlocking weave, PR is not but that is why it's also stronger.
  11. It's exactly what I tied many many years ago before tying the FG knot. Bimini is 100% strong only for very few braids and there does not seem to be rhyme or reason. I've tested some that are 100 percent and I've tested most that average around 70%. For those that are 70%, no amount of turns or tension will achieve 100 percent, although my good friend said he can achieve 100% in any braid with the use of a drill. I've seen his YouTube method and it does produce a beautiful consistent bimini wrap every time. It's hard to argue with the guy who can achieve 90%+ braid to braid connection and who can make FG knot 90% strong in any size braid with the help of a bobbin. The man truly thinks outside the box and measuring line mass was his idea.
  12. I believe it. That creates a double line FG knot that is probably 140% of the single line's ABS. That knot combination shifts the weak spot to the Bimini. And I've seen some Bimini test at 100%. It's very braid and tyer dependent.
  13. Rizz finish on both braid and mono will likely not affect FG knot negatively. Problem is when you add a ramp to the Rizz finish afterward. What happens at this stage is the main line braid grabs the tag end braid and pulls the rizutto knot apart since a rizutto is a reverse uni. If you skip the ramp, the main braid can't grab the tag end braid. See the effect here on this PR knot when a ramp is added. I pm you a link where this was discussed in details. This is especially true if the "ramp" is finish Rizz style. The main braid line and the tag end of the braid now grabs each other and pulls apart the knot or the braid cut each other off because it "locks" on to each other before the PR knot fails. PR knot is not interlocking like FG. It is a slow gradual grip allowing the knot to realize close to full ABS before breaking. You can see the "ramp" causing interaction of main braid and tag end of braid at 45 lbs or the 82% KBS mark.
  14. Label the new end by putting a piece of tape on it so I'll know which end is new.
  15. Good start, bad finish, wrong tightening procedures. But more than likely will not affect overall strength. Tag end is way...too long on mono and will snag tip guide on the way in. It is the method I use at the start. The original person to tie this is Patrick Sebile and he renamed it Sebile Knot. That was at least 6-7 years ago. You can youtube Sebile Knot. Plenty of tension in this video but you should tighten it after EXACTLY one half hitch, especially with slick braid or where the difference in braid and mono diameter is not great. Tighten after one half hitch will ensure it has the best chance to grab the mono. And tighten it by grabbing the mono and braid, not braid on braid. Then just throw 4-6 half hitches and trim mono tag end very close. There is no need for Rizutto finish although it does make the finish neater. Adding a "ramp" afterward will make it easier to reel in the mono past the tip guide but don't add a ramp if you are competing in KBS test. The "ramp" will make the main braid grab the tag end of the braid and pull it apart. This is very commonly seen in PR knot where the knot fails at 75-80% vs the 90-100% with no ramp added. You can see that effect in some of the videos I posted.