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Hi All,

I wanted to put a loop on a 3wt fly line so that I can easily swap out leaders. I was going to nail knot a bit of mono to the line and then tie that into a perfect loop and was wondering if 4 lb. test would be strong enough?

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Default Re: putting a loop on a fly line

I have never done what you are trying to do as my lines came with loops but 4lb seems VERY light to me for that pressure point.
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Default Re: putting a loop on a fly line

I would usually put a loop directly in the fly line, there was a thread on this a couple weeks ago. But if you are going to add mono, I would put something like 6 inches of 16# or 20#.

You want to connect to a leader and then tippet so I don't think 20 is out of line, I would probably use 20# or 30# on a 5 wt if i did this. As I said originally though, I just put a small loop in the end of the fly line. then loop to loop my leader.
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Default Re: putting a loop on a fly line

The loop in that other thread looks a lot better (and sturdier) that sticking some mono on a line. I think I'll try that one. Thanks!
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Default Re: putting a loop on a fly line

Hi Ant,

Using a piece of mono on the end of our fly line is a simple and strong method to attach a loop. It was the most use of any method until the lines started coming with an integrated loop.

You need to size the mono to match the diameter of the butt of the leaders you use. If the butt of the leader is .019 then the mono loop should be around .o21. If you use too light of mono you can get a hinging effect because the light mono can't turn over the heavier leader butt. Four pound mono is way too light.

So look at your leader package and see what diameter of the butt of your leader measures. They size your mono loop accordingly.

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I agree with frank on this.
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Default Re: putting a loop on a fly line

Thanks guys. Just looking at the 4lb, it looked like it wouldn't work but I was thinking strength-wise and thought it might be ok. I never thought of any hinge effect while casting.
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