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Ryan Kral
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Hey guys, I just recieved this new line today. It is a 30 ft section of sinking line, with a welded loop on each end. It is designed to cut two different length sink tips out of it, but I did 3. I cut it into a 14ft tip, 10ft, and 6ft. I just used different colored threads in my whipped loops to identify them. The line comes in different grains per foot, this one is a T12. I already have a full sinking line, and I didn't want to pay for a sink tip line, for $25 I got three. Ryan

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Ryan

how do you attach to your fly line? Is it just loop to loop, assuming your fly line has a loop in the end? Also, what will determine when you use what length of sink tip, is it depth control?

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Yep, just loop to loop, both to the floating line, and to the leader. Really depth is the main thing that will determine what tip I use. In the rivers, the strength of the current will also play a role, but mainly just depth. Ryan

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Ryan,

Nice job. Making your own tips is much more economical, and time-wise the looped connection is more economical too. I'm wondering if you tested the strength of your handmade whipped loops at all and what you used to seal the knots.

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Ryan,

was the sink tip you used uniform and level the entire length?

 

Tim,

I have tied a loop in my fly line for many many years. I like to use kevlar tying thread on a bobin and I wrap about a 2/8" band on the doubled back line and tie off as you would when wrapping a guide for a clean look. I then coat my wraps with super glue and I have never had one fail, ever.

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Tim,

I have tied a loop in my fly line for many many years. I like to use kevlar tying thread on a bobin and I wrap about a 2/8" band on the doubled back line and tie off as you would when wrapping a guide for a clean look. I then coat my wraps with super glue and I have never had one fail, ever.

 

Rob,

Thanks for sharing your experience with whipped loops. I use them too on all my lines. I was just asking Ryan what he used in this particular case. I use monofilament to cut into line's coating and whip finish two knots. I've coated them with Goop, Aquaseal, and lately with a thin coat of CCG light-cure acrylic. I haven't had any fail on fish, but I do check them every so often and especially before big trips because I have had some of the older ones fail during testing.

 

On floating lines, you can use use a small hair-straightening iron to "weld" your own loops. I haven't done it, but saw a video. I actually trust my whipped loops more for whatever reason.

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Tim, thanks for turning me on to these. I have whipped a couple loops, in both my 6wt and my 8wt, and they have lasted a couple years so far. I just use Danville 3/0 waxed thread, and just a couple coats of Sally Hansen's "Hard as Nails", that's it. I really put quite a bit of pressure on the thread, make sure it bites into the line good.

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