I like that loop, Frank, and I'll tell you why. After buying my first welded loop
line, I knew that fun couldn't last. My first homemade loop was very much like
the YouTube video, but with nail polish. RipTide mentioned that nail polish
was too inflexible, and I decided he was right. Winding that much thread onto
the fly fly line, and then coating it in nail polish results in a loop that is hard
to pull through the tip top, and also creates a stress point between the
thread and fly line. Bending the line reveals a hinge
that may not effect
casting, but sure does make judging where the next crack is going to occur
After some shopping, I found Loctite's flexible/waterproof adhesive. I doubled
my line over, and wound the thread the full length of this section (leaving space for the loop, of course). I still saw a hinge, however. RipTide did say
that he used 3 whip finishes, so I tried that, and the hinging was almost
completely gone. It was at least as good as the factory loops. I was watching
a show about building bridges, and one of the guests said that engineers like
to build with "just enough" strength.
The loop above has only two whips in it, but has held up to a LOT of abuse,
and hours of fishing. When bent over, the line will bend between the 2 whips,
and eliminate that single hinge point I was getting before. I've cut the line
at an angle, applied the tiniest drop of CA to seal it, and squeezed one coat
of flexible adhesive into the thread. Frank Whiton's looks very unlikely to create any stress points, and I like that as well.
BTW: If you're going to use the fling the bobbin around the line method, don't
even bother until you've created more tension on the spool: you'll get hit in
the face! I wasn't too surprised to see my bobbin fly away like a yo-yo, and
tag my forehead
. The whips I applied in the pic above were wound off the bobbin like tying a fly, mostly to keep the wraps to a minimum.
I hope you don't think I'm trying to compete with your method, Frank. I've been wanting to show my loop
for a while, and your thread prompted me to get a picture on here. Also, some folks might be tempted to try the CA/nail polish with
tons of thread method, and find themselves with a stiff loop. I thought about starting my own thread, but that might have
created some confusion.....