For those who still are trying to get that flyline into the next zipcode, and are finding the competition lines at 120 feet too short, there's a new way of getting them longer (and no it's still not viagra we are talking about, or some sort of car pump thingy ;o)))))
Dutch instructor Sepp Fuchs, has come up with a cool way of joining to flylines (it can involve fire and as such is just the right thing for manshit guys like the infamuos worldtravelling troutbum with bad socks…), and the applications for flyfishers are abundant, I'll show a few of them, but let's start with the connection of two pieces of flyline.
First of all, here's what is needed:
Two flylines, with braided cores,a razorblade, a lighter, a pair of scissors, and most importently a piece of clear shrinktube!
Taper of the two ends of flyline with the razorblade
Insert the tapered ends into the shrinktube
Make sure the two ends overlap each other
Now is the time where we grab the lighter and apply heat to the tube (a iron or a heatgun set at low setting is quite good too, but open fire is more fun :oP)
Start at one end and work towards the other, making the shrinktube do what it does best, make sure there's no air bubbles!
Also make sure that the heat is applied evenly, to much and the flylines will burn making the connection a no no..
Now as we apply the heat evenly all around, the coating should begin to melt and flow together
As soon as it does, apply some danish saliva to your fingers and gently roll the connection between them, this makes the connection nice and round
When the connection has cooled down. Take the scissors and and cut the unskrunk end up a bit
Then take hold of the flyline and shrinktube and just peel of the tubing
Presto there you have it, a very nice and super smooth connection
I'll follow up with a very smooth way of making loops to shootingheads, and a cool way of reparing damaged flylines…
Hopefully Paul will rewrite my story at the bottom, the email is: firstname.lastname@example.org, as I've been trying to get him to change the last 8 months ;o) And sorry girls, I've been snatched up by a beatiful flyfisher, guess she liked the picture, so you can stop sending me emails with offers ;o)))))