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Mark Pascarella

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Looking for some sage advice on connecting a mono running line to a head.

Was thinking standard 3x surgeons loop, then the light bulb went off. Won't this loop eventually cut into the per-configured coated loop on the head eventually causing it to fail?

Would really like to prevent that, mono can slice and dice especially in the heavier # tests. Any thoughts or feedback is appreciated. ( thought of a braided loop, but then won't that slip due to the slickness of the mono)
Paul Metcalf

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Hey Mark - I hope it's ok to post this link (it's to speypages), as I use these for all of my mono running line to looped-head connections.  I thought I'd taken some pics of mine, but I can't find them on my computer, they look just like Ard's in the link.

http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/showthread.php?t=50647&highlight=braid


I put a 3x surgeons loop in the mono (like you stated) but make it big enough to pull a reel through.  I loop on a braided loop to the back end of each head and leave it on there so when I change out heads there's always one there (you do have to pull the whole head through the small braid loop so I don't want to have to be doing that every time I change out a head).  I use 80lb braid to make mine, easy peasy.  Hope that helps.

If you pm your address, I'll send along a few if desired.  Paul
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Interesting idea, saw alf's post on this a while back, do you suffer from any hinge-like effects when casting, also how does she come through the guides when fighting a fish?

Wondering out loud if I could thread mono through 50# braid then make loop????? Coat her with aquaseal once done..

Thanks very much for your input, much appreciated.
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depending on the thickness of the running line, it may eventually cut into the plastic core but that is not really the strength of the loop as the braided core is still intact. If you ever think it is suspect, you can always cut off the head loop and make your own but like Paul's idea
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Mark - no hinging that I'm aware of.  They come through the guides as readily as any of the other items one has to deal with when fishing heads (vs. integrated line), such as knots and loop-to-loops.  Anything big I coat with aquaseal attempting to make it as torpedo shaped as possible.

Interesting thought on incorporating the braid onto the mono, but I'd be inclined to use thread/mono nail knotted over the tag end of the mono loop and covered with aquaseal, I wouldn't trust the aquaseal alone as having enough holding power.
Bill Lenheim

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Why not just use a Bimini loop for the loop section?
Mark Pascarella

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Paul put me onto a good idea, i used braid, however I ran mono all the way through braid, pulled it back through itself making loop, nail knotted it 2x, she looks pretty good.

Only time will tell if it holds up, will post pic tonight, makes me wish I did it on other end also...
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