Welded Loops: Part 1
There are a few different ways to make your own welded loops on your fly lines. Here are 2 of those methods:
I had just got this Rio
Scandi head, and it came without any factory made loops. The line has a floating body (green), and intermediate section (darker green), and finishing with a type 3 (S3) sink tip (brown).
also give the line specs on the box, and handy if you need to cut the head to weight-match for the rod you are going to use it on. As I will be using it on a Loomis GLX 14’ #8/9 rod, not head cutting was required.
The head does come with braided loops in the box, but as I don’t favour this method, these will be going spare!
The spool is opened, and a length of another line (fluo pink floater #9 – running line section) is made available.
Some scissors, and some lengths of shrink tube, and a cigarette lighter make up the rest of the loop making kit.
The rear end of the shooting head is cut obliquely with scissors
Select about a 2” length of the correct diameter of clear 2:1 shrink tube, and place the end of the line into it
Place a loop of the pink line into the tube, so you can know where to cut this.
After cutting the correct length of the pink line for the loop construction, cut each end of this obliquely, and place the loop inside the shrink tube, such that the main shooting head line lies between the two arms of the pink loop, and ensure that the orientation of the obliquely cut ends face the green line, such that when welded, the welded external coating completely covers the core of the line.
to be contd ….