Re: Newby casting dilema
You are right about the smell. It is instantaneously recognizable. I bought 5 small tubes of Pliobond back in the 1970s. I am still on the second tube.
I put it on the knot and let it dry for a while. Then you can lick your fingers and mold the Pliobond so that the ends are tapered and there is nothing to catch on the guides. I have not found anything better.
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