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Hello..i recently started tying my own fluke and striper rigs and have decided to use flurocarbon (40 lb) for the leader. I am having issues tying the leader to the swivel and hook. What types of knots do you guys reccomend using. Thanks.

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Palomar to the swivel, regular snell or uni snell for the hook.
 

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I have to go to crimps at about 60# depending on which brand flouro I use. The Seaguar starts getting pretty beefy at that weight while the Yozuri seems to be a little more supple and will still take a knot OK... lots of lube helps.

In many cases you can stick to mono and save the $$. For example, I think using flouro for seabass is total waste as they have never shown me to be very leader shy..... there are a couple guys that tie for their own shops that don't believe in using anything but mono for rigs. But like you, for fluke and striper I am using 40# flouro, and the knots above work fine.
 

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I always use the Trilene knot on swivels, and Snell my hooks.
for fluke rigs I only use 30 Lb Flouro, for inshore Tog and Striper I use 50 Lb. Pink Andi Mono. For off shore Tog and Cod rigs I use 80 Lb. Pink Andi Mono....
 

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For me the palomar knot is the most reliable and is very easy to tie. I also use the improved clinch knot. Sometimes I snell my hooks on as well. At one time in my career I learned how to tie every knot I could find. What I find works best is to learn to tie a few and learn to tie them well. Also of importance is to test your knot by putting the hook or swivel through something secure and pulling on it by about half the breaking strength of the line. By doing this you will prevent yourself from loosing that trophy fish of a lifetime. When pretesting my own rigs, I have seen line breakage at poundages that it should not have.
 

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Thank you for the responses...I am new to lure tieing and have always been under the impression that flurocarbon is best as a leader material. I guess that could all be personal preferance but am leading towards monfilament as it is much easier to tie knots with.
 

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Look into buying straight "leader material" that comes in precut lengths of 3' or 4'. No memory as it's never been bent. Cheap (3 cents per piece at my local BT). And it ties great! :thumbsup:
 
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