How to Tie a Wire Fishing Line

How to Tie a Wire Fishing Line
Line wire is primarily used in ocean applications to counter the increased size and aggressiveness of saltwater fish. Though a fish that weighs more is an obvious reason to use a wire line or leader, an aggressive fish may also require similar tactics due to large, sharp teeth that can easily cut through most monofilament line. Additionally, fishing at more depth creates additional stress on lines. Before casting out, it's necessary to master the methods of properly tying wire line.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Flemish Eye Knot

Things You’ll Need:
  • Crimping sleeve
  • Crimping tool
  • Pliers
Step 1
Slide a crimping sleeve over the wire line. Push the sleeve up six inches from the end of the line so it is out of the way while you are tying the knot.
Step 2
Form an overhand knot--as if tying your shoes--with the bottom six inches of the line. Wrap the end of the line, the tag end, around the loop of the knot an additional two times.
Step 3
Slide the crimping sleeve back down the wire. Insert the tag end of the wire through the crimping sleeve.
Step 4
Wrap the tag end of the line around the standing end of the line. Pass the tag end underneath the loop formed. Thread the tag back through the crimping sleeve.
Step 5
Use the crimping tool to firmly crimp the sleeve to the wire. Trim excess wire. Use the Flemish Eye knot for attaching swivels, rings and hooks.

Haywire Twist

Step 1
Use this knot specifically for attaching a wire line to a hook or lure.
Step 2
Thread six inches of wire line through the eyelet of the hook or lure. Bend the line where it passes through the eyelet so the tag end is running vertically alongside the standing line.
Step 3
Twist the tag and standing lines together five times. Do not simply wrap one line around the other.
Step 4
Begin barrel wrapping the tag line forming a coil above the twists. Wrap the tag line in four to six tight coils. Bend the remaining tag line at a right angle. Twist the tag line until the excess snaps off.

Albright Knot

Step 1
Use this knot if attaching wire line to a smaller line such as monofilament.
Step 2
Fold the end of the wire line back so a 4-inch tag line is created. Position the tag line alongside the standing line and hold with one hand.
Step 3
Use the opposite hand to thread the monofilament line under and through the looped end of the wire line. Draw 10 inches of monofilament line through the loop. Align the monofilament line with the wire and tag line. Pinch all three strands just below the end of the tag line.
Step 4
Wrap the monofilament line around both ends of the wire line. Wrap the monofilament line downward at least 10 times creating a long, tight coil.
Step 5
Pass the remaining monofilament line through the loop of the wire line. Grab both ends of the monofilament line in one hand and both ends of the wire line in the opposite hand.



Pull both hands away from each other to tighten the knot. Slide the coil downward if necessary to create a tighter knot. Pliers can be used to further tighten the knot.

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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