March 27, 2012
Tips & Techniques - Dacron Loop Hanger
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We learned this excellent trick from Jason Walcott from Marlin Magazine.
Many fishing guides use a Dacron loop attached to their main line to put into the outrigger or tag-line clip in order to protect the line from chafing. Usually, the loop size is as small as possible so it can’t hang up on the rod tip during battle. Dacron seems the best material to create the loop.
“The loop is usually made by passing the Dacron through itself to create a loop, and then running the main line through the length of Dacron with the loop on the end.
One of the problems I’ve encountered is that after a few days of use, the Dacron starts to tear and the entire hanger usually needs to be replaced. To replace the hanger, the double line, wind-on leader and swivel must be removed and the main line cut back. To avoid having to do this, I’ve started doing a simple weave on my Dacron hangers and the loops at the top of my wind-on leaders. The wear is greatly reduced, and they last much longer. Here’s how you do it:
You need a 10-inch piece of Dacron the same weight as the main line; a 1-inch piece of mono (50-pound), melted smooth at both ends so it can be inserted into Dacron; wax (surf or lube wax); a needle splicing kit (looped and hollow needles); and a sharp cutter.
It might take a bit longer to make this hanger, but it saves time in the long run by lasting 10 times longer.”
Jason “Tiny” Walcott
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Click here for more information and pics of the hanger.