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: Shooting head/running line connection

08-27-2004, 12:33 PM
How good are the Connection loops supplied with Airflo shooting heads. What is the best way to connect the head to the running line so that it is easy to switch heads.


08-27-2004, 04:47 PM
The airflo heads I use have great factory loops, the best. I hate to have to use my non-airflo loops on them.

Airflo is coming out with a killer SW running line with factory loops so you can match perfection with perfection soon.

Other than that you can make your own loops or use the premade loops but make sure you secure it with a nail knot on the far end.

08-27-2004, 05:07 PM
I use slickshooter as my running line and and spent time putting loops on them. to connect to the airflo heads when I first starting outting lines together for my atlantis.

However with my recent ones I have just gone to a surgeons loop in the running line followed with a drop of CA glue. The knot is no problem in the guides and there is no way the 50lb slickshooter is going to fail at that knot.

Works for me and is real easy.


Arthur Robert
08-27-2004, 08:04 PM
I use the same set up as Sean does: a double surgens knot with a drop of glue in the 50# Slick Shooter. The Airflo loops are the best I've seen. I have not had any problems with this set up . I'm still having difficulty getting the 120' cast. About 105" seems to be the best I can do using the 35' Airflo sinking head in 12 wt. and 50# slick shooter.

09-01-2004, 09:01 AM
Thanks for the feedback

09-01-2004, 09:57 AM
I use Amnesia and 35# slickshooter. I've really taken to saying to hell with loops, cut them all off and splice right to the Mono. I want as smooth as a transition as possible between running line and head. Smooth as in I can't feel it running through the guides with a fish on and rod tip up. It always seemed like the knot was hanging up at the tip and if the Coho is running the beach creating slack on that barbless hook, it's goodbye Coho. I'm always riding the thinnest diameter possible for the size of fish I'm after and I know I'll loose a head one of these days, but that just adds to the thrill of the chase. I just think overheading 100 to 120 feet should be effortless without the brute force of swinging a bat. Diameters in the .020 range get me there.

Arthur Robert
09-01-2004, 06:59 PM
Mattzoid, How do you splice the head directly to the mono? I've tried whipping them togeather with fly thread for 2-3 inches and then put a little super glue over the thread. This type of connection did not seem very strong. I could pull then apart with a good strong pull.

09-02-2004, 01:26 AM
Basically you had a good start and it's what I do. But, I also slip a sleave of braided mono over the fly line first, tie core and mono together with some CA glue, then run the sleave over this connection. Whip finish # 8 tying thread at the ends of the braided mono, then paint with softex or aquatex. On the mono side you can tack the whip finish with CA glue to hold in place before you coat with tex. I can elaborate more a bit later if you would like. Flat mono is tuff and I am still perfecting that one.