Ingredients to make the loops
- Cortland Braided Mono running line 50# (for larger lines) or 30# (smaller
- Sail needle
- 8-12# mono for nail knots
- small tube for nail knot
- Aqualseal & Cotol for coating
- super glue
- Cut a length of monocord that is 12 inches long.
- Be careful that the monocord doesn't become unbraided in the process
- Stick the sail needle into the backing center four inches from the
- Thread the short end of the monocord through the needle eye and draw the
needle forming a loop
- Secure the loop formed with a pencil inside loop, so it doesn't get pulled through when
pulling the end with needle
- Pull the needle and the loose end through the hollow center and out though
the side of the monocord
- (Double loop for extra strength) This is optional... reinsert needle
into backing and draw the loose end back into the middle of the mono
- Remove needle and cut backing trailing end
- Nail knot the Y intersection to help reinforce the slice
- Cut monocord so 6 inches are left to slide over end of the fly line
for the Chinese finger trap grip principle.
- Stuff the loop on to the fly line making sure the mono end inside of cord is
jammed against the fly line end so no hinging will exist in the loop. (super
glue so it won't slip)
- nail knot the rear portion of the monocord loop onto the fly line to stop
the fraying. (10-12 wraps of mono for the nail knot)
- Trim the loose ends of mono strands sticking out from under the nail knot
with finger nail clippers.
- (Optional) Coat entire loop with a thinned aqua seal mixture and allow to dry.
That's all there is to making the mono loops.
Tip: For a
running line to backing connection use a large 6-8 inch mono loop to
connect the fly line to a loop in the backing. This will make changing lines on
reels a simpler task.