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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:02 pm 
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Brook Trout

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Hope everyone is doing well & getting their appetites up for turkey day.

Well I was laying low around the house this weekend recovering from this two-week head&chest crud & decided to clean my flylines. I was stretching one of them out to keep it from tangling, and the line just snapped. There's no way I was putting 50 lb strain or whatever the breaking strength is - must have been a weak spot.

Now it's a good ways up the line - like 45 -50 ft - which is normally above the standard casting length I would be throwing, so I'm thinking how can I salvage? I'm thinking about doubling the two ends over about an inch or so, performing a series of whip finishes along the double-line and pliobonding the whole mend plus a 1/4" or so for a smooth transition back to single line. I thought about using some of that cortland braid or whatever it's called, but that would just add to the bulk & want to keep it to a minimum. Or do I need that for better adhesion? I initially tied a double-uni knot but that was way too bulky.

What do you all think about my idea? What type of thread would you use or does it matter? Maybe a thin backing would be better than tying thread?

Thanks for any suggestions.

John


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 Post subject: Re: broken fly line
PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:37 pm 
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This link might help

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/bb/show ... e-repaired

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 Post subject: Re: broken fly line
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:57 am 
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Thanks Al. Through that link, I linked to another link, and then to another...to this:

http://www.sexyloops.com/articles/smoot ... ions.shtml

I think I'll give method #2 a shot.


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 Post subject: Re: broken fly line
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:04 am 
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The other option is to just turn it into a shooting head. Splice it into the backing and let it be your small stream short casting line. It sound line it's just about at the half way point anyway.

Of course, you know you are going to wind up buying a new line....


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 Post subject: Re: broken fly line
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:47 am 
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Paul beat me to the punch -- turn it into a creek line ! If it is not too heavy.

The #2 mending method is the best one.

But,if I were in your shoes, I would really examine the line for another bad spot or a burr on the reel spool.

Did you spill some sort of cleaning solution or acid on it ??

Aw hell !!!! juts go ahead and get yourself a new spool of Wulff TT :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: broken fly line
PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:07 pm 
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I've done a number of line splices using pretty much your first option, the difference being to strip the plastic off the cores for an inch or so and to overlap them instead of double them. A spool of rod winding thread in a tying bobbin works very well for the whipping. And your Pliobond will work well, too.

I think you'll be pleased with the result. Good luck.

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 Post subject: Re: broken fly line
PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:33 pm 
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Thanks for all the feedback. Good to know the creek line shooting head trick...

I went with that option #2 and let me tell you it was a tough deal to get done. The tricky part was getting the needle through the core of this skinny running line. I think the tutorial may have been on the thicker head of a line? It was tedious removing the outer coating of the line; I thought it would just slip right off like stripping a coated electrical wire - not. Maybe there's an easier way of removing the outer than just very carefully razor-blading it off in tiny strips like I did? Then the debraiding of the core took a long time with a bodkin. And couldn't really get the full width of exposed core of one end through the needled other end - just wouldn't really fit through. So I got the section of pared down core through, gave it a good coating of pliobond and called it good. We'll see if I ever get a good fish on a ways from the boat!


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 Post subject: Re: broken fly line
PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:05 pm 
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I admire your work ethic. I would have just used it as an excuse to get a more expensive new fly line .... :D


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 Post subject: Re: broken fly line
PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:28 pm 
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After only 2 days as a Walmart greeter, I had enough money to buy a new fly line, so I quit and went fishing.


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 Post subject: Re: broken fly line
PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:15 am 
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I save my old WF fly lines for just this purpose. Strip off the fly line to the core where the break is and make a whip finish loop with the core. Then make another core loop using the shooting line from the old WF line. Connect the two and you have a home made shooting head.

You can also buy Cortland running line and do the same thing.

http://www.google.com/products/catalog? ... ps-sellers

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