09-01-2009, 09:48 PM
Re: Question about leader to line connection..
Originally Posted by Rip Tide
Contrary to 'common knowledge', if constructed correctly, loop2loop connections do not hinge.
If you think about it, there's twice as much material at the connection so hinging can only occur if the connection was constructed wrong.
Other issues people have with the loop2loop also have to do with skills.....it's all how you deal with it.
As for the Plyobond...... that's what my grandfather used.
There's modern sealants and adhesives that work as well or better.
I like the Goop products, They're pretty much all the same, but they're all very flexable and easy deal with. Just lick your fingers and form the seal
Thickness of material at the connection is only one factor in whether the connection will hinge. Just as important is the lack of slack in the connection. A good loop-to-loop connection is a "square knot"-type connection (not
knot) and can
loosen up. If it was that difficult to loosen up, then it wouldn't be used because it would be too difficult to change out leaders. And while with sufficient skill I suppose it can be presented lightly, I don't know how any "skill" makes them easier to pass through line guides or avoiding picking up vegetation, etc. Having said all that, a lot of good fly-casters swear by them. However, I just don't think that they're the best solution for quick-change leader situations, for which I prefer Scientific Anglers L2L Reconnectors which have none of those (IMHO) shortcomings.
I was interested in your use of Gorilla glue. How fast does it dry? Slow drying, and the difficulty in finding Pliobond, is its main disadvantage, and if Gorilla glue dries quickly enough, doesn't harm the line and remains flexible when dry, it sounds like a good alternative.
On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .