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    Default sealing fly lines

    What do most of you use to seal fly lines at the end where the leader/loop is attached?
    It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.
    What manner of jackassery will I be subjected to today?

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    Default Re: sealing fly lines

    Google "Dave Whitlock's CA Leader Connection". Before using factory loops
    on SA's GPX lines, that was my preferred method. Prior to that, I used a
    needle nail knot, and put a drop of CA on the line where the leader and nail
    knot met.

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    Default Re: sealing fly lines

    I use UV Knot Sense.

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    I just strating useing Scientific Anglers RECONNECT on my wifes fly rod, and actaully thinking about switching a couple of my rods to that system. There are no big knots or loops to try and get through the rod eyes, they shoot great and float very well, can be used as a deeo water strike ind. . The only draw back I have seen is that not all shops carry them so if you go away from home make sure to take pleanty with ya.
    Keep 'em riseing
    Bear

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    Default Re: sealing fly lines

    Quote Originally Posted by arfishinbear View Post
    I just strating useing Scientific Anglers RECONNECT on my wifes fly rod, and actaully thinking about switching a couple of my rods to that system. There are no big knots or loops to try and get through the rod eyes, they shoot great and float very well, can be used as a deeo water strike ind. . The only draw back I have seen is that not all shops carry them so if you go away from home make sure to take pleanty with ya.
    Keep 'em riseing
    Bear
    I've heard some say they don't always hold with big fish. Not sure how much truth there is to that?

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    have cuaght some browns up to 3 lbs or so on them so far. You do have to make sure they are seated good when you twist them. I tried my best to break/pull one apart and couldnt do it. I guess the ywould be like knots and other things in fishing things can and do go wrong lol
    Keep at 'em
    Bear

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    Default Re: sealing fly lines

    I was looking for the same answer and read super glue or clear fingernail polish on another thread. Don't take my word without verifying it because I've got no experience doing it. After doing a nail knot, backing to fly line, I clipped the tag end of the fly line so as soon as I strip the fly line off I've got to do the same (seal it).

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    I've been using Shoe Goo. (Really to build up worn soles of running shoes.) Can't say how well it works. It's just that I have it and it's flexible.

    Randy

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    Default Re: Scientific Anglers' L2L Reconnect Leader System

    Quote Originally Posted by OldMan View Post
    I've heard some say they don't always hold with big fish. Not sure how much truth there is to that?
    I am a huge fan of L2L Reconnect leaders. I have never had one come loose on me, and that includes a 23" really-fat Rainbow I caught last month on 5x or 6x tippit. I suppose that there is some point where the L2L Reconnect leader connection would break, but I can't imagine that would happen before the tippit long since had broken off.
    On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .
    Fly2:

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    Thumbs up Re: sealing fly lines

    Quote Originally Posted by arfishinbear View Post
    I just strating useing Scientific Anglers RECONNECT on my wifes fly rod, and actaully thinking about switching a couple of my rods to that system. There are no big knots or loops to try and get through the rod eyes, they shoot great and float very well, can be used as a deeo water strike ind. . The only draw back I have seen is that not all shops carry them so if you go away from home make sure to take pleanty with ya.
    Keep 'em riseing
    Bear
    Bear, you can get them online fairly easily, but the best prices I have seen is at Academy, which is a big discount sporting goods retailer in (at least) the Houston area (but can't speak for elsewhere). If you use dropper rigs, L2L Reconnect Leaders work especially well in combination with the Orvis Dropper Rig Fly box (image below). This combination allows you to rig up a bunch of attractor fly/dropper nymph-type combinations ahead of time instead of on the water. Then when you want to change out your fly combination, simply pick a new rigged L2L Reconnect leader out of the Dropper Rig Fly box and store the removed one back in there (each box holds at least 10 leaders - SA claims 15). I had an evening hatch situation yesterday where I changed out three different dropper rigs within five minutes trying to find a combination that worked. Try matching that time when you have to tie on new flies in dimming twilight

    I'd also add that those L2L Reconnects are so durable that when my leader has had the tippet end cut back to the point where you'd normally retire the leader, it's a simple matter to cut back to the leader butt (thereby retaining the connector) and construct a new custom leader from it using your preferred brand of leader material.
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    On the whole, I'd rather be in Wyoming . . .
    Fly2:

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