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    Default Gel-spun to mono

    Been told over time connecting gel-spun line to monofilament is tricky. Gel-spun being pretty slick. Learned a simple knot thats worked as long as I can remember. Until today. Did solve problem. But lead me to think of what others might do for such a connection.
    Started with bimini loops in both gel-spun & mono. Temporary insanity had me thinking just loop together. Of course gel-spun would slip. It did. Ok, remembered gel-spun, needs different connect. Wrapped loop around mono 7 times put end of mono through loop. Wet, pulled tight, looked good, then mono slid through under pressure. 4 more times & I sat looking at my dismay for 5 mins. Envisioned every knot slipping. Tried Albright, used gel-spun loop to tie onto mono loop. It held, held under pressure. UV knot sense, and I hung it outside.
    For those wondering why. I was putting a shock absorber, so to speak. On a reel to be used for friends intro to tarpon this coming year.

    ......... pc

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    Quote Originally Posted by pnc View Post
    Been told over time connecting gel-spun line to monofilament is tricky. Gel-spun being pretty slick. Learned a simple knot thats worked as long as I can remember. Until today. Did solve problem. But lead me to think of what others might do for such a connection.
    Started with bimini loops in both gel-spun & mono. Temporary insanity had me thinking just loop together. Of course gel-spun would slip. It did. Ok, remembered gel-spun, needs different connect. Wrapped loop around mono 7 times put end of mono through loop. Wet, pulled tight, looked good, then mono slid through under pressure. 4 more times & I sat looking at my dismay for 5 mins. Envisioned every knot slipping. Tried Albright, used gel-spun loop to tie onto mono loop. It held, held under pressure. UV knot sense, and I hung it outside.
    For those wondering why. I was putting a shock absorber, so to speak. On a reel to be used for friends intro to tarpon this coming year.

    ......... pc
    Pnc,

    For lighter applications use a slim beauty to connect. Make sure it bites when you tighten it down.

    If you want something even more secure that will sit flat on a reel or run through guides look at an FG knot. It's not easy to learn but once you get it, it's very handy.

    If it doesn't need to sit flat or go through guides look at tying a Bimini in the gel spun and attaching the mono with a Yucatan knot.

    Regards,


    Trevor

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    Default Re: Gel-spun to mono

    Lol...... back to school, have to look up knots mentioned. Bimini & a few others have been only used for a long time.

    Thanks for info ........... pc

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    Default Re: Gel-spun to mono

    I still more fishing with bait casting and spinning tackle than with fly rods. I have all of my conventional reels loaded with braid.
    For the leader connection I use back to back uni-knots. Other popular knots (judging from what I read online) are the "Crazy Alberto" knot
    and the FG knot.

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    Default Re: Gel-spun to mono

    With all the names of knots I don't recognize. It appears I've been remiss in keeping up to date. Homework needed will keep for another week. Tomorrow is club outing to Ft Desoto. Thursday be in Port Manatee at Florida FWC stock enhancement research facility.

    ...... pc

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    Default Re: Gel-spun to mono

    double uni knot.

    J-

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    Default Re: Gel-spun to mono

    The FG Knot is the only one I use for this connection now. You may need to search for a video to see how it's done, but it's essentially a "Chinese Finger Trap" style of knot.

    Cheers,
    Graeme

    (The G stands for Good. I'll let you work out what the F stands for. It would only give me asterisks here if I tried to type it. )
    IFFF Certified Casting Instructor

    (Formerly known as Kalgrm)

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    Thumbs down Re: Gel-spun to mono

    I gave up on GelSpun years ago .. that stuff will cut like a knife! Including your guides.
    When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. - Billy Graham"

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    Fred,

    Modern gel-spun is much smoother than the old stuff. It won’t damage guides.

    You do have to be careful handling it when it’s running under the pressure of a fish though. I’ve seen some nasty cuts.

    Regards,


    Trevor

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    Default Re: Gel-spun to mono

    I'll look up this FG knot but...why would one require knotting gel spun braid to mono in a fly fishing rigging?

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