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Old 12-21-2009, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Spectra to Mono 20#-40#

Hey guys

I have been using Uni to uni as a connection for mono to spectra on my 20 and 30# rods, and while it works (i know if it aint broke dont fix it) I am wondering if there is a better option.

What do you prefer?

thanks!

BTW i'm using 50# spectra
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've been using a Bob Sands/Tony Pena knot to join my spectra to a mono leader. Easy to tie, strong, and it's lower profile than a uni/uni for going through the guides. I tie an overhand knot with the mono onto the spectra then wrap the spectra down and back about a dozen times. [img]//www.allcoast.com/photos/data/500/100008TonyPenaKnot9245.jpg[/img]

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Old 12-21-2009, 11:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I use about the same knot as Mark, but instead of an overhand I tie a uni knot in the mono. Both accomplish the same results.
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Thats what I was looking for. I have heard of it before, just could not remember the name for the life of me. thanks!
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Another vote for the Bob Sands knot. Low profile and easy to tie and in my tests, I can get in excess of 80% in my own simpleton tests.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The Bob Sands knot uses the Uni instead of an overhand knot for the mono. Fantastic connection but takes practice to tie it when the reel is on the rod and you are changing out the top shots. Once you have it down you will love it.

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Default re: Spectra to Mono 20#-40#

I don't use the hook tool. I just use the tip of my index finger to keep the spot open.

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Old 12-21-2009, 01:51 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i use the bob sands knot also how about using the heavy spectra 100 to 130lb and topshot of the same you would use the hollow braid and crimps but how about solid spectra and bob sands knot with a very short topshot what is preffered fishing for big cows
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The Bob Sands knot uses the Uni instead of an overhand knot for the mono. Fantastic connection but takes practice to tie it when the reel is on the rod and you are changing out the top shots. Once you have it down you will love it.

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Crap, Jamie, even I can tie this knot!
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I have had excellent luck with this knot, after much practice I can now tie it even when the boat is rolling around. I use a 3 turn uni to start and 10 to 12 up and down. I spit on the knot and chinch it up very carefully. After you tie a few you can tell by looking if you have a good one. If you use a bit longer top it will still cast out of the guides with a lure. This knot has changed how I fish more that anything else I've done, going to short tops of fluro over spectra. I can now use very small reels for very large fish. I think it makes fishing even more fun.
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