Changing wind on leader

Shimano Penn

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Dec 3, 2014
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David
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Fond Memory
Any tips or tricks for loosening a loop to loop connection to change wind ons? Toothpick? Wet line or dry line? I don’t want to damage either the main line or WO if I can help it🙄
 

Shimano Penn

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Dec 3, 2014
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David
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Fond Memory
Pull the loops at a right angle to the cat's paw. It will loosen and make it easy to change.
Oh crap getting old sucks🙄. I used to do that 20 years ago but haven’t used loop to loop since. Thanks for the reminder 😎
 

Luke

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Aug 19, 2006
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Luke
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none
I have a special stainless steel ice pick that is very pointed that I use to open the cat’s paw....I simply put the point into the middle of the paw, put the ice pick handle against my chest and then with both hands pull the connection towards me. Once open I then use a second ice pick to leverage the two apart. Simple and it never damages either loop.
 

Northeastfshman

I see OJ
Dec 20, 2008
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Brett Weinberg
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Parker 2120SCDV
I've been a hollow core addict for almsot 20 years and never new the right angle trick! Excited to try that out.
 

BluefinCurly

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Aug 15, 2004
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Carl
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Vagabond, The Last Minute
I keep a set of bait needles to pry them open. if you push the needle trough to the bend of the needle, one each side, to grab the end of the spectra , then you just pull it all loose.
 

migelito

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May 12, 2010
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Mike
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I only do one loop through when doing loop2loop. I see some go two or three times. Never seen one of mine fail only going through once. Much easier to separate one loop then multiples.
 

Cubeye

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Kub
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I only do one loop through when doing loop2loop. I see some go two or three times. Never seen one of mine fail only going through once. Much easier to separate one loop then multiples.
Yes, some people use only one cats paw, but it has been proven, Paulus Just Fishing, I believe, that four times is the best. Strength goes down from there. I use three.
 

ifish42na

No Bad Days
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Basil
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Friends With Boats
Yes, some people use only one cats paw, but it has been proven, Paulus Just Fishing, I believe, that four times is the best. Strength goes down from there. I use three.

Any more than two passes (double loop-to-loop) is overkill and makes no difference in reliability of a L2L spectra-to-spectra connection. All due respect to Paulus, let's have a look at some real world tests: John Petruescu's 445lb yellowfin caught on the XL: double loop to loop. (I made the connection for him). My PB BFT, 867lb: double loop to loop and 80lb of drag at the end.
 
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Jul 17, 2017
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Gouryella
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Lil Yachty
IF you're in a hurry, the untraditional way would be to cut the part of the main line where the loop from main line to wind-on is. Then re-splice the main line.
 

Yellowtail Dan

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Apr 10, 2006
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Yes, some people use only one cats paw, but it has been proven, Paulus Just Fishing, I believe, that four times is the best. Strength goes down from there. I use three.

Any more than two passes (double loop-to-loop) is overkill and makes no difference in reliability of a L2L spectra-to-spectra connection. All due respect to Paulus, let's have a look at some real world tests: John Petrusecu's 445lb yellowfin caught on the XL: double loop to loop. (I made the connection for him). My PB BFT, 867lb: double loop to loop and 80lb of drag at the end.
"867lb bluefin" that's all Basil?

Now that's just showing off