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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-04-2019, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Stupid question?

New to spey casting. I have a nice rig now (my first) set up with backing...shooting question is... do you attach a piece of straight tippet to the loop at the terminal end of the versileader with an improved clinch knot...will it cut trough the factory installed mono loop at the end of the verileader? How do you guys do this. I want to have decent turn over of the fly when I cast...seems like a pain to do a perfection loop in the tippet each time I need to change the tippet??? Its the simple stuff that eludes me!!! Tips anyone?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-04-2019, 11:16 AM
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Personally, I do a perfection loop in the tippet material, then loop to loop to the versileader. I think that's actually easier than using a clinch knot tippet to versileader loop. Others may differ.
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Hey Don,

I use the perfection loop to attach the tippet to versileaders, poly leaders, MOW Tips, T-whatever etc. Others will use a no-slip loop knot, double surgeons loop etc. You need some sort of loop for the loop to loop connection or you will cut through the versileader coating. Most diameters of tippet you will be fishing will also cut through the coating, even with the loop to loop connection. What I do to avoid this is take a 4-5 inch piece of Maxima chamealeon or ultragreen 20lb or 25lb and make a perfection loop in either end. I then attach this to the versileader and attach the tippet to this. I haven't had any issues with the maxima cutting into the loop on the sinktip. I will just quickly make up a bunch of these short attachments and keep them with my tips.

That being said, even if your tippet cuts through the coating I don't think it is going to do any damage to the core on the inside of the leader as it is likely a heavier mono or similar material anyway. It's more of a cosmetic than fishing or breaking strength issue.

If you have any questions or want to see what it looks like I can post a picture. Hope this helps.

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Many people recommend against perfection loops bc other loop knots are better in terms of strength. I don't know the stats on the knot strengths, but this is the general perception. Double/triple surgeon knots or mono non-slip loop knots are more commonly used/accepted to form the loop in the tippet for a loop to loop connection to your poly leader's or sink tip's factory loop (or manually made loop). But, loop to loop is most commonly used in my experience.
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For Versileaders and poly leaders I use Rio tippet rings. Just tie one on to the end of the Versileader with an improved clinch knot and then do likewise with the tippet end. Here is a little video that explains:
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+1 on the tippet rings. I have never had a problem with them. Landed several TFD browns between 10 and 21 lbs with no failures.
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Personally, I like using a perfection loop. To each his own tho,,
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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I just learned the perfection loop...have never needed it in the past...good with nail knots, barel knots, surgeons loops, improved clinch. For some reason I have always resisted another its easy..even with light tippet. That will be my knot as I do like the loop to loop connection. Thanks all for your help. I won't resist new knots again.
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