Posted on 06/08/2018 · Posted in Interesting

Sometimes they crack, sometimes they rip and break and sometimes they’re sold without loops. No matter what happens, we all end up having to create a loop at the end of our fly lines. The issue with trying to create a loop at the end of my fly line was the neat finish, as a consequence choosing to use braided loops. Problem I’ve experienced with braided loops is slip failures under heavy loads and have lost fish in the process. I wanted a loop without braided loop.

In desperation for a new solution I of course searched the world wide web and found videos on using thin diameter heat-shrink tubes. This is where a thin plastic tube is slipped over a loop and a lighter is used to melt it all together. Problem is PVC melts very quickly and thin heat-shrink isn’t easy to find.
So while experimenting with a new product I found while tying flies, I thought it might translate well to fix this issue… and it did.
The easiest way create the fly line loop was to wrap it using bobbin and fly tying thread. The trick was to seal it with something that would protect the thread but have enough flexibility so it could be cast and not break. I initially tried using rubber glue but deterioration was a problem here. Super Glue is way too hard and would end up cracking in time or even worse, shear the fly line.

Protect The Loop

I then stumbled onto Solarez Flex formula UV epoxy. Not only does it penetrate the thread bonding it together, but it also creates a strong and flexible shell around the loop. In fact it is even more flexible than most of the factory bonded loops on my fly lines. To apply, just squeeze a few drops at a time and use something like a toothpick to smooth out. Hit it with your UV torch and keep adding until you have enough. Solarez UV products are available at almost any Fly Tying suppliers.

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