Sunday, February 27, 2011

slow day

Fishing was slow today. Boated a nice 8 lb fish right off the bat, then broke off a nice fish due to a faulty knot on my part................towards the end of the day got a little 2-3 lb fish. Not many pics from today.

Gonna go hit a pond later this afternoon for bass and crappie........

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

True Loops

Having used several store bought mono loops, and I cant say I have ever had one fail. I have come up with a different concept that I call true loops.  I call them true loops because unlike most store bough braided loops that rely on the catching mechanism of the braided mono to hold the tag end, true loops have both ends secured.

I like to use 50lb gudebrod and a regular sewing needle to do the splicing.
I then use a pen to control the loop size.
You can cut about 1/4" below the tag end. I like the total length to be around 6-8".
You then inch worm the braided mono onto the flyline. It will be alittle harder since you doubled up the braided mono so it will take a few minutes longer.

I like to use 80lb Power Pro (braided spectra fishing line) to secure 2 or 3 nail knots. Cut the tag ends, add some knot glue like Loons Knot Sense and your finished product.

I like the true loops becasue:
1 Both ends are secured.
2 The loop is right up next to the flyline so you have better energy tranfer to your leader
3 they are very strong, I have lifted 40lbs with no slipping or breaking.