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building leaders

Postby mattman » Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:23 am

so im planning on building my own leaders but have a few questions. First the gear im going to be using. 124lb tooth proof wire, owners solid unbreakable ring(150lb), owner hyper wire split ring(120lb), and a spro power swivel(120lb). my question is how to put the thing together? do you just twist the wire around itself (haywire) and if so how many times? I just feel like it wont hold good, but then again, i have no experience with wire. Also I read that a little super glue around the tag end and over the twist helps so the line doesnt get stuck in it, or should i use a sleeve? Pictures would be helpful, I have been looking all over for some good pictures and just cant seem to find any.
Thanks in advance for your info.

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Postby Scott Williams » Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:01 am

Do you have a wire twisting tool at all, like a Dubro EZ twist?

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Postby jasonvkop » Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:25 am

It might take you a little to get it down, but it is pretty easy after getting the hang of it. I use a small round nose pliers to make my bend and then basically follow this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OLEtW18HAI

I don't do as many twists/wraps as he does, but you definitely can if you want to.
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Postby hemichemi » Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:49 am

Many people use a barrel wind with solid ring swivels on one end, like this:

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On the other end I put a solid ring like the Owners you have, and attach a split ring to that. Like this:
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I use the Dubro tool for the barrel twists, but you don't have to. I use round-nose pliers for the loop.

Here's a video:

http://proseriesfishing.com/video/?video=6
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Postby mattman » Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:07 pm

thanks for all the replys! That picture helped alot. I have an old lure making tool, used to make trout spinners, that should work great. Any prefered length? I was thinking around 8-9 inches?

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Postby hemichemi » Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:22 pm

I usually make mine 11-13" or so.
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Postby jasonvkop » Sat Apr 12, 2014 5:12 pm

mattman wrote:I was thinking around 8-9 inches?

Most likely will want to go longer that that. Like Hemi, I make mine around a foot long.
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Postby mattman » Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:26 am

Alright cool thanks again

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Postby Jim tenHaaf » Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:25 pm

Also, With Your Tag End, When You're Done Wrapping, Just Take A Needle Nose Vice Grip And Spin A Couple Times. The Tag Will Break Cleanly Flush With The Wraps.

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Postby mattman » Mon Apr 14, 2014 8:09 pm

Thabks again for your help I should be all geared up this year. Just bought a new Muskie rod and ordered my new lexa 300 with some 80lb power pro. Can't wait to get out this year

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Postby Duke » Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:32 am

Just to second what the boys have said already- definitely go longer (foot or so) and twist or bend off the tag end because it gets much closer and cleaner/snagless than nipping it off.