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Old 07-07-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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Default Making bobber stops

Instead of buying those bobber stops I was thinking about making them myself. What would be the best braid for making the bobber stops? I tried using Tough Line XP, but my knots slip too easily along the length of mono.

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Old 07-07-2011, 08:35 AM   #2
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Dacron is what works for me.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:37 AM   #3
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Yup, Dacron works for me. 20# fly line backing is good too... plus it comes in bright colors if that suits your fancy.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:37 AM   #4
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Yep, the super braids are too slick, IMO.
I use old school Cortland Micron fly line backing.

Just experiment with the number of wraps to get the bite that you want.
Leave tag ends so that you can re-tighten. Singe the tags so they don't fray.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:00 AM   #5
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Dacron is the best. Search the archives for lots of information on this topic.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:02 AM   #6
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I also use 20# dacron...............

Useful hint: go down to Fisherman's and see if they have any old dacron they have taken off reels to be re-spooled. They will give it to you as they just throw it out anyway. 10 or 20 feet will tie up a ton of bobber stops.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:23 AM   #7
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Awesome! Thanks guys! How many wraps do you usually do with 20# Dacron?
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:23 AM   #8
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10-12 wraps.

EDIT: On top of that, you don't need to make them on the little straws, just do a 10-12 wrap UNI over the mainline. I just cut the dacron up into 6" pieces and carry a couple of them with me.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:33 AM   #9
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10-12? Wow. I only use between 4 and 5 wraps with my stop knots depending on the diameter of the mainline.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:45 AM   #10
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Dacron is for the birds, Get yourself some 30# fly-line backing, it comes in high viz colors also. This is the best stuff I have found, Dacron comes loose. The fly line backing makes nice tight bobber stops. I can even show you how to tie them and then you will never buy another one.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:50 AM   #11
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Yup, Dacron works for me. 20# fly line backing is good too... plus it comes in bright colors if that suits your fancy.
I'm with him.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:51 AM   #12
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Dacron is for the birds, Get yourself some 30# fly-line backing, it comes in high viz colors also. This is the best stuff I have found, Dacron comes loose. The fly line backing makes nice tight bobber stops. I can even show you how to tie them and then you will never buy another one.
Standard fly line backing is Dacron.

Yes Amp, I do 10-12 wraps because I've had them slip on me when I was doing fewer wraps. There's a lot of momentum and energy in a 5oz lead dropping down 8-10ft. There are plenty of situations where you don't need that many wraps and it won't slip but I also like the size of the knot for ease of adjusting with cold fingers.
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I am talking about the sturgeon leader materials. The white stuff with the green or black fibers running thru it.
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why do you need 5oz of lead?
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Standard fly line backing is Dacron.
Yea, for those that don't know, fly line backing IS dacron unless it says otherwise.

I use 20# dacron to make mine. 5 or 6 wraps gets it done for me, and I pre- make mine on straws. it's just one less thing to do while re-rigging.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:28 AM   #16
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But then you have to take the time to take the straw off before you can tighten it anyway. It takes me about 30 seconds or less to tie one.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:39 AM   #17
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why do you need 5oz of lead?
to fish slower pockets UNDER heavy current, OR when fishing DEEP (like 15-30 ft).

as for the stops....i use 20# fly line backing. 4-7 wraps depending on what size line i'm putting it on. bigger the line, the more wraps you need. braid always gets 7 wraps. leave 2-3 inches of tag to tighten and so it flows through the eyes better.

30# dacron is ok unless your rod has small eyes. then it hangs up/bumps too bad.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:44 PM   #18
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Yup, like crobarr said, deep pockets of water and heavy current. I try to keep my tag ends short (less than 1" each) after having them wrap around the tip guide one day...that made a mess of things.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:36 PM   #19
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Awesome! Thanks guys! How many wraps do you usually do with 20# Dacron?
I also use flyline backing and I do a uni knot with 6-7 wraps, I've been using the same bobber stop for two months now. No need to pre-tie them, you can tie them straight to your main line fyi.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:41 PM   #20
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I have been doing 5 wraps for over 20 years on everything and no issues.

PS: I like the brigt green dacron fly line backing at fishermans. Just take in an empty leader spool.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:44 PM   #21
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I am talking about the sturgeon leader materials. The white stuff with the green or black fibers running thru it.
That stuff is Dacron too.
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:45 PM   #22
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the best feature if you ask me is the ability to tie them on whenever.. I dont put them on straws for the simple fact that sometimes in the heat of the moment I forget to put it on and by the time I realize this the swivel is already tight lol no big deal just pull out a 6 inch chunk and away you go then you also have the ability if one starts slipping to tie one on right below it and keep bangin fix it when ya get home
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:07 PM   #23
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Pline floating line works awesome, plus if you are lime some of us you have a whole reel to use. I have a life time of bobber stops and the stuff sticks like glue with 5 wraps.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:23 PM   #24
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This may help, http://www.ifish.net/board/showthrea...t=stopper+knot
I prefer Dacron to Strecthy thread but it works.
Or this way no straw needed.

The Bobber Stop
Bobber fisherman use a running bobber for casting and general handiness, and stop the bobber from running up the line by using the Bobber Stop. The stops moves readily over the rod guides, but grips the monofilament line so tightly that it will not slide over the line. It should be made with about 5 inches of nylon, usually the same diameter as the line itself.
1) Take 2 or 3 turns around the main line at the chosen point.
2) Bring both ends around to form a Surgeon's Knot.
3) Tighten into shape bringing the coils close together.

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Old 07-08-2011, 02:32 AM   #25
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Thats a different one than I use. But it looks like it would work well. Maybe I will try that one today. Thanks for the pics.
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:20 AM   #26
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I must be the only one who uses unwaxed dental floss. Cheap, great little carrying case and it works. Make a loop, lay it on your line and do about 5 overhand wraps. Maybe 30 seconds. Nice to have the floss when the beef jerky gets stuck in your teeth too.
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