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Old 02-28-2009, 10:59 AM   #1
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This is such a dumb question that I'm almost too embarassed to ask it in public.

When attaching heavy fluorocarbon leader (80# and up) to terminal tackle (swivels, hooks, lures, etc)....... is this typically done with knots or crimp sleeves or....? The heaviest leader that I typically use is 60# and I don't have any problems with usingknots with it but the 80# is a different story.

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Old 02-28-2009, 11:13 AM   #2
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I usually tie until I get up over 150
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:banghead:banghead Damn thats a DUMB question..okeoke Continue to tie as long as your knots are good and you have no problem tying them...after that crimp.



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I usually tie with anything less than 100#, after that its just so much easier to crimp flouro than to tie. To each their own, with more experience you will find your preference.
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Maybe it is the type knot I'm trying to use. The palomar knot is what I typically use is there one that works better with the heavier leader?
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im with lobsterman, i started using the knot he showed me almost exclusively, it makes heavy leader (80-150) a breeze!! not sure of the name though maybe he'll chime back in.
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alanbarck (2/28/2009)Maybe it is the type knot I'm trying to use. The palomar knot is what I typically use is there one that works better with the heavier leader?


Yeah, I don't like the palomar for heavy leader. I pretty much always use a uni knot for my terminal tackle when fishing offshore, unless I have a double line I'll use an offshore swivel knot.
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The palomar is definitely harder to cinch down with heavy flouro. Like wharf-rat said, a uni is a better alternative. When I'm live bait tuna with heavy flouro I often use a loop knot as it allows the bait to swim more freely and so far have used it without incident.
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alanbarck (2/28/2009)Maybe it is the type knot I'm trying to use. The palomar knot is what I typically use is there one that works better with the heavier leader?
the only thing i use palomar with is braid applications. 100# leader or less (doesnt matter flouro or not) i snell my hooks. 130# and up, crimp.
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alanbarck (2/28/2009)Maybe it is the type knot I'm trying to use. The palomar knot is what I typically use is there one that works better with the heavier leader?
the only thing i use palomar with is braid applications. 100# leader or less (doesnt matter flouro or not) i snell my hooks. 130# and up, crimp.
Ok....I can see that.Practiced a little and I can get it to work under laboratory conditions here at my desk.But what about for the swivels or lures? Uni knot ?
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