Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Rogue River State of Jefferson
Al Buhr's book
Al's book shows a lot of stuff. Different splicing methods,. How to make loops. A lot of usefull data on fly lines, etc. As nice as Al's book is, it doesn't show the double catch blind splice. And I'm not sure I can describe in words. But I'll try.
You can use either the splicing needle sold in flyshops or a piece of .010 music wire (guitar string) folded over to form a V loop.
Start by inserting tool into the center of the line (30lb dacron or the stripped core of a fly line) about 4" from the end. Work the tool down the center of the line towards the end, and out the side of the line about half way down. grab the other line with the tool, leaving only enough line through the loop as necessary (about 1/4") and pull the second line up inside the first line and out the side.
Now insert the tool into the side of the second line (about 4" or 5" from the end) and run it down the center towards the junction point of the two lines. Out the side of the line about 1/4" from the juction point. With the tool, grab the first line by the end and pull it inside the second line and out the side.
You can now grab the two ends, pull everything up tight, compress the outside lines by working them, one at a time, down towards the junction point. Trim the exposed ends of each line so that when everythiing is pulled tight, the ends of each line are inside the other line. Along with about 2" of each line interlocking inside the other.
Works like a chinese finger puzzle. Only double. No knots. No exposed ends.
Now if all of this sounds like Greek to you, it is better explained, along with graphics in the istructions that come with those splicing needles put out by Cortland
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