Originally Posted by brookfieldangler
I was going through the same thing and decided to tie a short piece of 30lb (on the 8wt) amnesia to the fly line with a nail knot and then just tied a perfection loop knot on the other end. Now I can easily change leaders and I have a built in strike indicator
Originally Posted by stenacron
This is what I have done too in the past. Coating the knots with a bit of 5-Minute Epoxy helps to lock them in and smooth the bumps so it passes through the rod guides easier as well.
This is what I was taught to do. I absolutely prefer line that comes with a loop. Next time I have to set up new line that doesn't come with a loop I will probably try one of the other methods.
Do any of you guys/gals use welded loops? Let me ask you this. Do you trust them? My welded loop went down to my bank, disguised as me, and withdrew $20,000 dollars from my checking account. I never would have found out, but I found $20K worth of line dressing under my bed. (thanks Steve Martin - please don't sue.
) I had a welded loop fail on me while setting up shooting heads. Fortunately I was at the casting ponds so my bank account is safe. Maybe they work well if installed correctly - I will never know without therapy for my trust issues. I was told to use a nail knot to secure the welded loop and I did what I was told.
Even with the epoxy (I was taught to use Pliobond
- be careful how you store the stuff. Don't do what I did, my bottle leaked out into a bag of gear, fortunately it didn't ruin anything valuable. If you don't wipe the lip of the bottle clean either the cap is impossible to remove or it doesn't sit right and will leak.) that connection tends to stick in the guides - a real pain for a beginner to get used to.
It is kind of nice to have a bright, colorful section to tell where your line is when light is low or to indicate a strike subsurface - although like most of us I prefer to cast dries on the surface and I fish that way most of the time.