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BlueBird 09-11-2012 09:05 AM

Cortland Line-Leader Loop Connector
Has anyone tried this? The package comes with 4 braided loops.

Guess what? I have wasted 3 out of 4. :mad:

Good thing the last piece I was able to do it right. No specific instructions on how to heat the "heat shrink plastic" piece, I use a regular lighter to heat it.
- 1st: melted the brained loop; :eek:
- 2nd: melted the fly line; :shocking:
- 3rd: almost perfect and not satisfied and try to shrink the plastic but ended up melting the braided loop again. :(
- 4th: last piece: got it right but a bit tad loose on the on both end. :confused:

I can't get this shrink properly. I should have just save my money and tie my own loop. LOL :o

MoscaPescador 09-11-2012 10:50 AM

Re: Cortland Line-Leader Loop Connector
Don't bother using heat shrink tubes. Tie a nail knot on the very end using 15 pound test line. That will create a better anchor.

stanbiker 09-11-2012 11:44 AM

I'd skip the connector and just nail knot some mono with a loop. The braided connectors seem to fail when it's most important.

Jackster 09-11-2012 12:07 PM

Re: Cortland Line-Leader Loop Connector
If you have to use the heat shrink, try using a regular light bulb to shrink it. It's not as hot or unpredictable as an open flame.

dillon 09-11-2012 02:08 PM

Re: Cortland Line-Leader Loop Connector
I use those loops for making T11 or T14 sink tips. I use them for making a loop to loop connection with a skagit shooting head for steelhead fishing. I slip the tip a couple inches into the braid and glue it with zap a gap. I nail knot a 1 ft. 40lb maxima mono but section on the other end and tie a loop on the other end of the mono. I loop on a 2 ft. 12lb leader. That's a standard set up for swinging flies in the PNW.

BlueBird 09-11-2012 03:53 PM

Re: Cortland Line-Leader Loop Connector
omg. I only slip in about half (1/2) inch of fly line into the braided loop and heat shrink the plastic tube. This may mean disaster when I fish with this. :shocking:

There's no more shrink tube left and I guess I will just cut it and tie nail knot with a 15 lbs mono in between the fly line and the Cortland braided loop.

BlueBird 09-11-2012 10:42 PM

This is how I intalled the braidd loop.

Then i did a little tug on both ends and off it goes. I just tied nail knot with mono in between.

chased 09-12-2012 01:28 AM

Re: Cortland Line-Leader Loop Connector
I've tried different heat shrink loops and most have failed. I double over an inch of fly line and use 3 nail knots one after the other to create a loop. Sometimes I also use tying thread to whip finish a loop onto the line. Neither of these methods of loop making have failed me.

Jackster 09-12-2012 10:23 AM

Re: Cortland Line-Leader Loop Connector
Bluebird, did you snake the fly line all the way into the connector to where the loop stops it? It is hard to tell by the pictures. You need as much fly line surface area in the braid as possible.
Also, is the section of fly line super slim? This is a rough guess but by the picture it almost looks as skinny as the running line on some fly lines. Does the tip section taper up a little way past the tip?

BlueBird 09-12-2012 10:59 AM

Re: Cortland Line-Leader Loop Connector
Hi Jack, no. I just realized that I didnt snake all the way to the loop. only maybe about 1/2 inch into the braided. (mistake #1)
Then I heated using the lighter and so afraid to melt the fly line and/or the braided loop. So you will see the shrink jacket tube is loose. (mistake #2).
It seems that the fly line is about the right thickness. I had a hard time snaking it for that half inch. lol

I am total noob when it comes to this.. lol

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