Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: north. Washington/south British Columbia
The Super Glue Served Loop
This is how I make integral loops in fly lines and separate sink-tips. This doesn't have the factory-finished slickness of a welded loop, but it's stronger and probably more compact.
Cut 12-15 inches of 15-20 lb. mono or backing line. Tie it into a loop with a triple surgeon's knot. Twist a small part of this loop into a hitch loop, or wrap one strand of this stripping loop around the end of your shooting head, line, or sink-tip, about 1/4" from the end. Put a tool like a pliers handle in the other end of the stripping loop, to spare your hand, and yank. The fly line coating will be instantly stripped off. Repeat until you have the bare core as long as you want it. (3/4-1" is enough for a strong loop.)
Fold the end over into whatever size loop you want. With a flytying bobbin and medium-size tying thread, such as 3/0 monocord, wrap the thread around the beginning of the bare core, nearest the loop. Keeping the line loop in place between the fingers of both hands, swing the bobbin around the axis of the two joined sections, working the wraps toward the other end, with 10-12 wraps. Secure the tying thread at the end of the wrapped section with hitch knots.
Run a thin bead of super glue along the two joined sections (one bare core, the other still inside its plastic coating). After the glue is dried, in 10-15 minutes, pick up the loop again, with your fingers close together. Whirl the bobbin around the joined cores again, this time making contiguous wraps (you sort of nudge your grip sideways). (This is called, in old terminology, a "served" loop or splice.) When you've wrapped up to the beginning of the loop, finish off with the sort of half-hitches you use to finish a newly tied fly, or use a pull-through loop, like finishing off a wrapped guide on a rod blank. Coat the joined section with a flexible glue or cement. I use six coats of clear nail hardener. (Grit your manly teeth and go find it in any cosmetics display.)
Last edited by Nooksack Mac; 11-22-2008 at 10:43 PM.