Re: Knot a problem
Where were you fishing in Alaska. Was it a trip or do you live there?
I am a little confused with your comment about "Red Fire Wire." I am not familiar with it. Is it a hook or a leader?
Using the clinch with the heavier tippet you may need to reduce the number of wraps. I suggest you try an Improved Clinch Knot or a Uni Knot. You say it is breaking at the loop and that is not how a knot usually falls. Knots generally fail because they slip. Maybe you have some old Trelene and it was breaking. If you are using a fine wire hook I guess it could cut the tippet at the knot but that would also be unusual. A fine wire hook would not be my choice for Alaska.