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: braided mono loops

03-08-2001, 02:27 PM
I've always used Cortland braided mono for making loops for the ends of my fly lines. Any reason why I shouldn't use the squidding version of braided mono for this?


03-08-2001, 03:42 PM
Maybe I am thinking of the wrong stuff but isn't the squidding version braided from much finer threads, kind of like the core of fly line itself?

If it is, then two things pop to mind:

(a) For line segment joining loops (verses leader butt loops) I would think that you might be taking a chance with the wonderful ability of braided nylon to loosen it's loops even after a brawl with a rock or a dock piling.

(b) For leader butt loops, I would think it would be fine as long as it lets you do the inchwork thang as far as you need to.

I have two large spools (20#, 30#) of Cortland braided if you need some just let me know.


03-08-2001, 05:37 PM

That IS the stuff- way more flexible than the Cortland. I make my loops with the first insert inside-out- kind of hard to explain in print, but it makes it impossible for it to come undone. I figured that since I had this stuff, I'd give it a shot- using a longer than normal inchworm section topped with a nail knot. I may mail you a sample to check out- Thanks for the offer!!

08-16-2001, 10:17 AM
Okay, a little Theorem et Practicum here:

Marv - You are working with the 130# I gave you. You are using the same BASIC principle to make the loop that is used to splice eyes into double braid nylon mooring or dock line, as well as the application of the Chinese finger puzzle theory to line/loop connection.

If you "suspect" your ability to make a multipass loop (many times through side to side, ending with BOTH sleeves over the fly line because you threaded the bitter end back into the throat of the standing part),

take a piece of hollow braided polypropylene line - the cheap yellow plastic stuff and recreate what I just said above -

there is NO WAY you can finish hollow braid Poly line without dying the end off INSIDE the braid. Then, the outer sleeve will slide and expand and allow you to move the inner "finger" farther in or back out of the "puzzle". There's the picture.

Apply the picture to co-ordinate with the two ends of the 130#. Slide the outer sleeve down and out of the way, whip the inner sleeve to the line, and then cover and whip the outer at the same point. All you have to do to keep the loop the same size is fit it over some kind of mandrel so you don't have to pick it that clear enough ro does the picture make sense? - if not I'll show you this weekend. In the meanwhile, see if your wife has any crochet hooks smal enough to pass through the 130#.

08-16-2001, 10:40 AM
guitar strings also work well, they're sheap & lots of use from one pack...

just something somebody else showed me, thought I'd pass it along

how was your game Dave?