I like using a loop needle for inline splices for attaching topshots instead of going loop to loop. Mark/Chark or someone who does this, working with various makers of 80 lb hollow, which needle works best?
I have not tried all the brands but I have PowerPro and ToroTamer needles. Honestly don’t make difference to me if I do heavy poundage hollow line but once is below 40lbs, ToroTamer I prefer. Let’s not forget different brand hollow plays a part too, not just the needle. Toro 16 is very easy to work with even 65lbs flourou into 40lbs Toro16
Thanks for that, Explorer. Of the single Toro Tamer loop needles sold here, I just want to know which one is the best fit for 80 lb hollow. I don’t use needles to insert leader material into hollow any more. Just open up the hollow, sand the end of the leader material and slide it in.
Not sure why you are not using that needle to insert the leader but I can try the loop needle for toro80lbs hollow.....but you have to wait cos needles not with me now. Maybe the week after I can let you know. But I guess by then Mark already got back to you
Needles are not needed, for me, anyway. On the advice of a respected topshot manufacturer and line vendor I’m using 80 lb hollow for inserting diameters of .91 and 1.05 mm. I feel sanding the end of the leader material to a bullet shape important and have no problem sliding it in the smaller diameter hollow.
I too use the threading needles for bringing leader into the braid. I'll use loop needles to open up braid occasionally, use them also for splicing hollow to hollow or with solid. Only use the latch needle for making my loops for wind-ons. Yes, sanding down the leader can work, I'll recommend for heavy tests above 130, but dropping down faster and easier for me to go threading needle.