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Yellowfin Tuna Fishing with Seagaur Fluoro Premier Fluorocarbon Leader with the BDoutdoors.com crew
To begin tying our wind-on leader we will be using Seaguar Premier Fluorocarbon leader. You should try to match your leader size as best you can with the size of your braided line.
To begin, we will need a high-quality fluorocarbon leader material such as Seagaur Fluoro Premier Fluorocarbon, as well as any hollow braided Spectra line of similar size. The tools needed include a hollow rigging needle kit, a piece of emory board, cutting tools, Super Glue and dental floss.
When making these wind-on leaders you can use any hollow braided line as long as the size matches up with the leader material. It is important to unroll the line rather than pull loops off the top of the spool, which can put a half twist in the line and make it difficult to thread the needle through. We will start with about 6 feet of the hollow, braided line.
Next we will unroll about 5 to 6 feet of the fluorocarbon leader to start with. For this wind on, we’re using 100-pound Seaguar Fluoro Premier Fluorocarbon.
We need to find the right size needle in our needle rigging kit that best fits the diameter of the line we are working with. This tool is simply a hollow needle with a point on one end that we use to thread the fluorocarbon leader inside the core of the hollow braided line.
By pushing the frayed end of the hollow braided line onto the needle it causes the braided line to open up. We then carefully feed the needle through the center of the braided line.
Typically I go about 5 to 6 feet up the braided line before carefully poking the needle out. I then pinch the fluorocarbon side of the needle and hold it there while I pull the needle out of the braided line, assuring the fluorocarbon does not travel any farther up the braided line.
Next we will serve the connection point where the Seagaur fluorocarbon leader enters the hollow braided line by reinforcing it with dental floss. The bench tool pictured here helps a lot by keeping tension on the connection, but you can also use two chairs and a couple of clamps to get the job done.
Cut a length of dental floss to wrap, or serve the connection. You can also use smaller braided line to accomplish this step.
We will use this clasp tool that comes with the needle rigging kit. It should look like the one pictured and have a small clasp on one end. Feed this clasp tool in between the fluorocarbon leader and braided line about a half inch up before poking it back through the braided line.
Make a bend in the dental floss and hook it with the clasp on the end of the tool so you can pull the dental floss back through the connection.
Once you pull the dental floss back through the connection you want to make sure the tag end of the floss is about even with the frayed end of the hollow braided line. While holding this tag end even with the end of the frayed braided line, tie a couple of half-hitch knots at the standing end of the floss. This will lock the floss in place.
Tightly wrap the floss around the connection working towards the fluorocarbon. I like to throw in an occasional half hitch to lock the wraps while I work towards the flouro. Once you have the wraps going about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch up the fluorocarbon, you then start to wrap back towards the braid and finish it off with a 3-turn Uni Knot to complete the serve.
Once you cut the remaining dental floss off, you are left with a fuzzy connection. I like to use Super Glue across the dental floss to really lock it in place.
Now it’s time to make the loop on the hollow braided side that will be used to make the loop-to-loop connection. Start by unrolling an additional 5 to 6 feet of the hollow braided line. Next, take the same clasp tool we used to thread the dental floss and insert it into the braided line about 6 to 8 inches from the tag end. The needle should enter from the side of the braid and work up towards the standing end, about the length of the tool before poking back out.
With the clasp tool poked back through the braid, we now take the standing end of the braided line a few inches back and hook it though the clasp, creating a loop.
Now pull the tool back out, which will pull the braided line inside out and back onto itself, creating a loop which at this point will be adjustable.
At this point the braided line has been pulled back through itself, creating an adjustable loop. Once we get the loop to a size we want for our connection, the next step will be to bury the remaining tag end of the braided line back into itself.
Now take the needle tool that has a small loop on one end and feed it into the standing end of the braided line. Enter the standing end of the line with the needle about half an inch down from where the tag end comes out of the line behind the loop and feed it far enough up the standing end so it covers the entire tag end of the line.
Now take the tag end of the braided line and feed it into the loop end of the needle tool before pulling it back into the standing end of the braid. This will bury the tag end and create a seamless connection.
With the tag end of the loop run back inside the standing end of the braided line, we are left with a very clean, very strong, seamless connection.
With everything else completed, all that is left to do is cut the Seaguar Fluorocarbon material to the desired leader length. For this one I am going to unroll about 20 feet for an overall leader length of 25 feet.
To complete the process I like to neatly coil the wind-on leader and secure the loops with a tie wrap.
Using a Ziploc bag with the pound test and length clearly marked on the outside in permanent marker is a good way to ensure your wind-on leaders are kept neat, organized and ready to use.
Brant Crenshaw demonstrates how to tie a wind-on leader using Seaguar Fluorocarbon leader. Wind on leaders create a very clean, strong and seamless loop-to-loop connection that reels through the guides easily and can be quickly changed out while fishing for Yellowfin Tuna and other offshore game fish.