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Tying a Short Braided Link - A Beginners Guide


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This is a great little rig useful in a variety of angling situations but is especially good for PVA bag and method work.

 

It utilises a soft and supple braid with a shrink tube line aligner for maximum hooking potential.

 

 

 

 

 

Choose your preferred braid, here I am using Merlin from Kryston.

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Tie a simple overhand loop in the end of the braid. This will form the hair loop to keep the bait on.

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To tie the knotless knot, first pass the end of the hooklink through the hook eye by going from the back towards the point as shown.

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Lay the hooklink along the shank of the hook to form the hair.

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Start whipping around the hook shank, trapping the hair against the back of the hook. I like to go around 7 times but you should continue whipping until the hair exits the hook shank opposite the point.

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Finish the knot by keeping the whippings tight and passing the tag end back through the hook eye from the same direction as before, i.e. from the back towards the point and pull tight.

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The finished knot.

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Select your chosen shrink tube.

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Cut a small section of shrink tube.

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Thread the tube onto the link.

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Push the tube over the knot as shown.

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Select the method of attaching you rig, i.e. swivel, rig ring, etc. Here I am using an oval rig ring. Tie on with your preferred knot (I use a Grinner).

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The tied rig.

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The last stage is to steam the shrink tube in the steam of a kettle. Note how I introduce a curve / bend into the tube.

 

CAUTION: TAKE GREAT CARE WHEN USING STEAM AS SERIOUS BURNS CAN OCCUR.

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Here is the finished rig. Ideal for using in solid PVA bags or the method feeder.

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