This time around on the Weekly Press: DIY Fly Line Loop, by G&G
Gink and Gasoline breaks it down step-by-step and better than I could. So, I won’t get into that here. Why do it? They explain that too. However, they left out one important part; it looks cool. Be forewarned, this isn’t the easiest task in the world. Take your time. Don’t be afraid to unwrap a couple of times or start over. Try it a few times in the comfort of your own home before you attempt this one while out on the water with wind, glare, cold fingers, etc…
Additionally, you can find video after how-to video on this. I like this one.
Per Gink and Gasoline:
Most fly lines these days already come with welded loops at the ends for the easy attachment of backing and leaders. If you fish as much as I do though, eventually they get worn out and need to be replaced. Most anglers just use a standard albright knot or nail knot to fix this. It works perfectly fine, but I prefer instead to tie my own fly line loops with a fly tying bobbin and thread. Done correctly, it will provide a stronger connection to your leader than the manufacturers welded loops or knots you tie (this is important when fly fishing for big game species). The bright thread that you tie the loop with also works really well as a spotter. It comes in real handy when you’re fly fishing and you have conditions where it’s hard to keep track of your fly in the water. That bright spot on the end of your fly line provides a quick reference that your fly is a leaders length away.
Here’s my take.
Using the vise as an extra hand sounds nice in theory, but in reality it made the job tougher…just like communism. Also, my wraps might go back down the fly line a little too far.