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Fluorocarbon leader

Postby peatop » 09 Feb 2018, 05:49

I bought some 16Lb leader from rig master, since buying this and making some paternoster rigs using a surgeons knot to tie the droppers to the trace, i have been loosing fish at a very high rate due to the dropper breaking of at the knot, am i tying the knot wrong? Is rig master fluoro of poor quality? Or could it be a bad batch.
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Re: Fluorocarbon leader

Postby Digger » 09 Feb 2018, 07:40

I use Vanish even though it’s expensive and haven’t noticed any similar problems.

I grab a few spools from America which came in at about $15 a spool. Local prices are bloody ridiculous! I generally use 6ib locally but up to 8 for Mallacoota and 12 for offshore. By the time you buy a couple of each size, you have enough for an order. A spool lasts me forever as you don’t use a lot each time.
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Re: Fluorocarbon leader

Postby time2fish » 09 Feb 2018, 07:57

I've been using Kmart fluro leader never anaos.maybe look at your knots practice on YouTube
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Re: Fluorocarbon leader

Postby shane » 09 Feb 2018, 09:04

I haven't had any issues with rigmaster fluro in 20lb. However I don't tie this in paternosters, just FG and terminal knots.
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Re: Fluorocarbon leader

Postby laneends » 09 Feb 2018, 10:06

You have to check you knots regularly with thicker fluoro (I use vanish) as the knots loosen easily
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Re: Fluorocarbon leader

Postby ecoronad » 10 Feb 2018, 00:10

Do you check your knots for strengths before use?

Do you lubricate the knot with saliva before tightening?

What size/type of fish were you losing?

Personally, i wouldn't be using the surgeon's knot for paternosters because the hook dropper/leader tends to lie alongside the main leader attached to your sinker. A twisted dropper loop is the prefer way as it allows the hook dropper/leader to "stick out" away from the main leader, avoiding tangles etc.
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Re: Fluorocarbon leader

Postby peatop » 10 Feb 2018, 07:21

I've tied a few rigs using loop droppers, i will see how they go ;)
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