I am new to the boards and new to spectra. I have not been fishing is a couple of years. Have a 10day coming up in oct. Can't sleep at night thinking about it. I have read through past post, and it seems bimini/albright is the knot to go for lines over 60#. Can anyone tell me from first hand experience the strength of that knot over a sato crimp and glue? Thanks, RDThis message has been edited. Last edited by: fishnrust,
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Burn off some of that excess energy learning how to do/make wind-ons. The only place crimps should/are used are if your on a boat in a hurry and don't have a whipping jig. Crimps will beat the hell out of anything other than a roller guide, and hell you've already done the hard part anyway.This message has been edited. Last edited by: mnrd55,
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Lots of ways to rig, and there are a few threads on this board going over options. My inclination is the 30-40 turn bimini and 30-40 wind albright. The knot diameter can be large when running 100# mono or greater, but with a little help going through the tip-top there's no issue. The benefits are ease and speed in rigging (with a tad of practice) and the knots hold up well. Alternatively, you can use the Sato connection system or a served connection. Also pre-made wind-ons are available. The Sato is pretty much idiot-proof and makes for a smooth transition. The served connection can also be great, but I've seen many come apart with larger fish due to improper rigging, not tight enough, not redundant connection/ties...
Spent the last two weekends on the El Capitan, a coulple of 2-days. No fish the first weekend, only 7 for whole boat. Capt Allen found them multiple times, just wouldnt bite. 2nd weekend, limit of albies, 1yt, 1mako. All spectra to mono connects held. Of course, they were bought from Charkbait! I did, however, loose two fish due to uni/uni knot failure on the floro/mono connection. Odd part was both knotshad alreadycaught fish prior to failing. 1st knot was 20floro to 20 mono. It landed the yellow, retied a hook onto floro, then uni/uni failed on albie. 2nd knot, 40floro to 40mono, landed a 25#+ albie, then failed on the 2nd fish. I did 5 turn on each uni. Any one else had this problem? Any ideas? Do I need to go back to knot tying 101?
I dont know how this will work for you saltwater guys but i take a 4" piece of shrink tube run it down about 4 feet over the spectra feed the mono about 3 to 4 feet into the hollowbraid put some shue goo at the end of the spectra then slide the shrink tube over the joint and hit it with a hair dryer. This setup has worked on my fly rod for the last 10 years or so. someone might want to give it a try if they are up to an experiment.