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flyfisha1 02-03-2003 06:44 PM

Connecting Monic Tropical Clear to Backing
I'm about to load my new 9-wt. Tropical Clear Monic line to 30-lb. small-diameter backing, and was wondering if anyone had experience with accomplishing this with a braided loop connector such as those sold by Cortland. Obviously, I don't want to lose the line to a good fish, and I may end up attaching the line with a double nail knot; any input would be greatly appreciated.

FishHawk 02-04-2003 04:49 AM

The loops need constant inspection. I lost a shooting head because the loop failed. I would go with the double nail knot. FishHawk

flyfisha1 02-04-2003 06:11 AM

Yes, I found out last night doing a "test run" of these little suckers that they're quite strong if you pull on them, however just the slightest bit of pressure from behind, such as that likely to happen if/when handling the loop connector during casting or fighting a fish, causes the thing to slip right off the line! I think I'm going the route of the nail knot...

DFix 02-04-2003 08:23 AM

Those braided nylon loops should be touched with a drop of glue AND whipped to the end of the fly line, if you're going to use them. They need constant inspection against abrasion and breakage if you shore fish; you can obviously either loop to loop line/backing with them.

an equally strong and more flexible way is to make a braided loop out of braided dacron. Requires doubling braid back inside itself, then inserting flyline, working the two together for a minimum of 8" - I go way longer, almost X3 (24"), just like a chinese finger puzzle, and still nail knot/whip bind it to the body of the fly line.

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