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Jim Eddie

Braided Loops
« on: February 22, 2008, 19:52:38 PM »
I have ben using these for the past 10 years or so and have never had a failure with one. I know some people don't like them, as presenation may suffer and they  prefer to nail knot/ needle knot a length of nylon direct to the fly line.
Personally I use them for convenience as I'm a lazy angler  :wink

I normally insert the fly line as far as it will go , this can cause slight problems on floating lines as it does tend to make the tip sink , I usually overcome this by ginking up the loop. I know some folk only insert the fly line a couple of inches.

What are your opnions ?

 :z18

Jim   
"Because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing what they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion."

Hamish Young

Re: Braided Loops
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2008, 21:00:33 PM »
For trout I go with the nail knot and a 'big butt' tapered leader or furled leader as presentation is generally soooo much better .... for salmon I'm less choosy and go with the braided loops as I invariably fish with polyleaders.
“When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Goolager

Re: Braided Loops
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2008, 21:22:05 PM »
Jedi,

I've tried it all over the years and I now use Roman Moser Minicons 100% of the time as I too am always looking for the easy option (providing it doesn't affect my fishing).
They are £5.99 for a packet of 5 (Sportfish) but IMHO well worth it.
They are approx 2" long which some may deem a little short as the 'standard' braided loops are much longer allowing the more 'wary' angler to have up to 3" of fly line inserted - which I think is both unneccesary and can act more like a hinged joint instead of a decent transition to leader.
They also have the silicon tubing pre loaded onto the braid just past the loop.
All you do is slip the fly line into the braid as far as it will go - note the braid will not splay/fray as other types of braid do therefore no need to use scissors to cut back the ends until a decent section of braid is found.
Slip the 'Grip Pin', which is supplied, through the looped end and slide the silicon tube over to the end of the braid.
I then drop a tiny amount of 'Fly-Tite' (I find superglue too ridgid) into both ends of the tube and Hey Presto!

Very neat, very easy, as smooth a transition as you can get AND this can be done at the waters edge in seconds.

Or I could always go back to using 'cast connectors' jeepers, remember them? weren't they junk!

Hope this helps

If you would like to try one I could drop one off to you just name the place

Iain

diverdave

Re: Braided Loops
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2008, 21:26:13 PM »
I agree with the above. I use the Fulling Mill ones, they are a good length and fork very well, they are also available in a veriety of colours.

I always add a wee drop of superglue to them though, both to the loop and to the silicone sleve. I have a good few in stock ( mine are £2.99 for 3 before your discount!) and some demo ones so if any one wants one to try mail me and i will drop one off with Mike.

Dave

Jim Eddie

Re: Braided Loops
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2008, 21:33:47 PM »
Goolangler
Thanks for your excelent reply.

Dave

I stopped using super glue as I found it to rigid and it used to break  the coating on the fly line, I use "angling glue" now which  is more flexible. I need to come visit your shop sometime as I have heard glowing reports.

I proably should have mentioned what prompted my post, I bought 10 loops from Steve Parton on e-bay , they are nice loops but around 12" long IMHO is to long.

Also does anyone use coloured loops instead of indicators ?

 :z18
Jim 
"Because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing what they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion."

diverdave

Re: Braided Loops
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2008, 21:46:07 PM »
Jim you are spot on, it is Fulling Mill glue I use, and is designed for the purpose i guess. Superglue is brittle, and aquasure is heavy and sinks.
I have to admit the I cannot see the coloured loops to well, so have ordered some very bright ones and will keep you posted.

Thanks for the feedback, I am having a good laugh with the anglers and really striving to give our best possible deal, pop in any time for a chat and coffee. But call first and make sure i am there, I have a sharper pencil than the guys and can do a better deal.

D

Goolager

Re: Braided Loops
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2008, 21:53:50 PM »
Guys,
 If you look at page 3 forums under the 'Indicator leader' topic you can see the Roman Moser Trout Braided Leader on a #4 line.

Iain

Jim Eddie

Re: Braided Loops
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2008, 21:59:07 PM »
Guys,
 If you look at page 3 forums under the 'Indicator leader' topic you can see the Roman Moser Trout Braided Leader on a #4 line.

Iain

I looked , I think we are both singing from the same Hymn sheet  :cool:

 :z18

Jim
"Because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing what they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion."

Mike Barrio

Re: Braided Loops
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2008, 22:39:24 PM »
Hi Iain

"Page 3 forums" = Your thread with the photo http://www.fishingthefly.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=875.0

Cheers
Mike
www.flylineshop.com   At the heart of your fishing ..... lies a great fly line!

Jim Eddie

Re: Braided Loops
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2008, 14:27:48 PM »
For trout I go with the nail knot and a 'big butt' tapered leader or furled leader as presentation is generally soooo much better .... for salmon I'm less choosy and go with the braided loops as I invariably fish with polyleaders.

Hamish

Do you  feel nail knotting makes a difference for the troot fishing ? ( daft question I know , if you didn't feel it made a difference you would not do it)

Harking back to Mikes 80/20 thing , do you think wee things like this do make the difference ?

Cheers

Jim
"Because in a world where most men seem to spend their lives doing what they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion."

Lyall Wilson

Re: Braided Loops
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2008, 17:46:09 PM »
Hi Jim and everyone,

Very interesting thread.

I am a great fan of braided loops but I make them myself so I can make them any length I like. Three inches is my preferred length and have never had one part. I do not use any type of glue as the silicon sleeves seem to be perfectly of holding fish of any weight. IMHO it is the nylon which is more likely to break before the braided loop connection(s).

The only innovation (?) I use is that instead of one silicon sleeve I use two on a three inch braid. One at the reel end  of the braid and one at the connection of the fly line to the braid, above  the loop. This prevents "hingeing" at the connection of the fly line/braided loop/leader

Lyall
The retired angler's motto - better a bad days fishing than a good days work.

Hamish Young

Re: Braided Loops
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2008, 19:16:35 PM »
Hamish

Do you  feel nail knotting makes a difference for the troot fishing ? ( daft question I know , if you didn't feel it made a difference you would not do it)

Harking back to Mikes 80/20 thing , do you think wee things like this do make the difference ?

Cheers

Jim

Undoubtably Jim, especially when it comes to dry fly fishing - if you fish long leaders with intermediates and sinkers I still think turnover is better for it. I do chop the 9ft 'big butt' tapered leaders up quite a bit to get what I want but I really do find there's a difference and it's worthwhile. For traditional loch fishing I'm less worried about the tapered leaders and more worried about not having a big enough fly  :wink
“When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Irvine Ross

Re: Braided Loops
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2008, 12:28:16 PM »
Hamish

I have started using the nail knotted tapered leader too and it does make a difference when you are trying to pitch a dry fly upstream against the inevitable downstream breeze.

What I find difficult is getting the nail knot tied. If I use a needle with an eye big enough to take the thick end of the leader, I can't force it through the fly line. I ended up using a thinner needle, making the hole, taking the needle out, putting it back in in reverse and threading the thin end of the leader.

Is there an easier way? :z8

cheers

Irvine

Hamish Young

Re: Braided Loops
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2008, 16:32:39 PM »
Irvine - as ever I 'bend' the rules a little......  :z3
I used to needle through as well and that works fine for a straight length of - say - 15lb mono as a leader connector but with the 'big butt' leaders what I do is strip off about 1.5 inches off the end of the flyline to leave the core exposed. I then make my loose nail knot above the stripped section then tighten it down onto the stripped section. I use pliers on the end of the stripped core of the flyline and the 'tag' off the nail knot in order to make sure I get a good gripping knot on the core. Pull bloody tight and bing-presto-hey you have a reasonably neat and tight knot.
Only drawback is you can be left with a 'ring rattling' knot no matter how neat and tidy you are. I'm thinking about using some heat-shrink to cover the knot and ease 'ring progress' but, as one has never given way yet and I haven't lost a fish because of the knot, I haven't got around to it yet  :oops
I don't know if that's easier  :? - but it works for me  :cool:
“When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Mike Barrio

Re: Braided Loops
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2008, 17:56:20 PM »
If you put the needle through the line, I thought this was the needle knot?

I use what I think is the nail knot? Which is putting a nail or needle alongside the fly line, wrapping round four or five times and then passing back through under the wraps ......... works for me :wink

But I cheat and use the "multitool line clippers" that make it so much easier :z4

Can show anybody how I do it if you are at the loch, works grand and I also use it for backing to fly line connection.

Cheers
Mike
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