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Thread: Dulock snaps vs. Lefty Krey loop knot

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    Default Dulock snaps vs. Lefty Krey loop knot

    This week I caught a really frisky 25 1/2 inch striped bass- I was using my oldest Shimano 2500 Sustain FE light spinning reel I got back in 2011 with 12# braid- (I carry four fully rigged rods and just swap out based on lures) fish fought really good on moderate drag setting- reel was still smooth as melted butter- got the fish in the kayak and noticed the 40# dulock snap was open on both snaps just the bend was holding the fish...I immediately removed the dulock snaps from all my other rods and tied the lures on using the Krey loop knot...lesson? Eliminate weak points in your tackle- Looking at the Dulock- it appears to be a very strong system...but in practice, where it matters, it failed.

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    I don't use any lure connectors but I do use Lefty's Loop. I actually enjoy tying it, always trying to make it the perfect size. It's quite effective to give your jig a little more wiggle.

    I've never had the knot break but I have had the loop break at the pressure point where the line meets the eye of the hook. But that only happens after a lot of casts and catches. So it pays to periodically check the loop for fraying.
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    Glad you were still able to land the fish. Have you ever used tactical anglers clips? I had almost the exact same scenario this weekend, 25" fish on a 2500 Daiwa Procyon reel, and the 50lb clip held up fine. I would like to familiarize myself with the loop knot though, just in case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugbyfish View Post
    ... I would like to familiarize myself with the loop knot though, just in case.

    http://www.fishing-khaolak.com/knots...oop_steps.html
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    I like Norman Speed clips in the magnum size. Every rod has one on the end. I too have found others unreliable.
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    TA clips over duo-lock snaps any day! There is no weak point on a TA clip if you buy the appropriate size and they allow plenty of swing on the hook eye. If a bull red, or car hood sized ray, can't dent them - nothing will. Just make sure you get real clips from Technical Anglers and not knock-offs. I've found knock-offs to be inferior quality.

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    It is an extremely quick and easy knot to tie- I can tie one in the dark...Just don't like floro leaders over 18-20 inches long, so after re-tie the lures a time or two I need to replace the leader- PIA on the water because correctly replacing a leader with moving tides, fish biting, waves, boats...you get the picture....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronaultmtd View Post
    (I carry four fully rigged rods and just swap out based on lures)
    But I have to ask what is the point of a duo-lock snap in the first place if you're swapping out rods to change lures and you're not actually using the snap to change lures? Is the snapthere just to avoid tying directly to the hook eye?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronaultmtd View Post
    It is an extremely quick and easy knot to tie- I can tie one in the dark...Just don't like floro leaders over 18-20 inches long, so after re-tie the lures a time or two I need to replace the leader- PIA on the water because correctly replacing a leader with moving tides, fish biting, waves, boats...you get the picture....
    Agree. I had to replace two leaders a few weeks ago on the water and it was hard.

    Also, I absolutely could not tie Lefty's Loop with 5x tippet when I was fly fishing on the Casselman recently. I had forgotten my clip-on magnifiers and I could barely see the tippet as it was even in bright sunshine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slobber Bob View Post
    But I have to ask what is the point of a duo-lock snap in the first place if you're swapping out rods to change lures and you're not actually using the snap to change lures? Is the snapthere just to avoid tying directly to the hook eye?
    I suspect most use the duo-lock or a loop knot to allow the lure more freedom of movement than a cinch knot would offer.

    But the duo-lock offers the added benefit of a quick lure change without having to retie which both takes time and shortens your leader.
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