Making a loop directly on a fly line
This is a way of making a loop on a fly line that will give you a very neat and tiny loop and a smooth transition between the different parts of a rig.
Try this at home
Start doing this on an old piece of fly line or on the reel end of a new one. Not all lines have the hollow, braided core needed for this and you might fumble the first time. Spare the front taper of your favourite line till you have some practise.
- Dip the end of the fly line in acetone (nail polish remover is the same, but more expensive) for 10-30 seconds
- Remove the softened coating from 5-8 cm (2-2 3/4") of the fly line, revealing the braided core
- Stick the tip of the threader into the core as close to the coating as possible
- Pass the threader throgh 2 cm (3/4") of the core and push it out through the line again
- Thread the tag end of the core into the threader
- Pull approx. 2 cm (3/4") of line into itself and form a sufficiently large loop (secure the loop with a thin pencil in necesarry) and remove threader. If the tag sticks out of the side, cut it as close as possible, and pull the rest into the center of the core.
- Apply a little Aquaseal or similar on the braid, reaching from the coating and to the base of the loop. Smooth it with wet fingers and let cure for 24 hours.
- The loop is ready