Stretching rigs

Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:20 am

When tying knots in mono or fluorocarbon, especially in lower diameter lines, the mono below the knot tends to curl into a corkscrew shape and tangle around swivels and hooks.

Whenever I finish tying a new rig, I hang it from the ceiling with maybe 12oz of lead on the lead link and on each hook. I leave them for about 24 to 48 hours to stretch.
After that you have nice kink-free rigs that are less prone to tangling.

I know I won't have been the first to figure this out but I hope it will help someone.
Perhaps there is an easier way to do it?

Re: Stretching rigs

Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:15 am

What type of line are you using, what is it's breaking strain and what knot are you using

Re: Stretching rigs

Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:37 am

It sounds like you have an issue with how you're tying your knots.
Although this crinkled line may straighten out, it has been weakened by poor knot tying technique.
A properly tied knot won't crinkle up the line, if I'm tying a knot and it curls up like that I cut it off and do it again.

Re: Stretching rigs

Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:30 pm

I generally use the uni knot or grinner and whatever line is around in the correct breaking strain.

Especially with very light breaking strains the line tends to have a slight twist from having been coiled on the spool, this eliminates that.

What knot should I use?

Re: Stretching rigs

Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:01 pm

You should wet the knot before you pull it tight this will stop the friction that causes the kinks and twists

Re: Stretching rigs

Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:00 pm

You also have to be gentle getting the knot to rest right before the final tighten. Ease it all together until it's nice and snug and only needs a small bit more to tighten it before you pull it hard.

Re: Stretching rigs

Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:54 pm

do you find much difference in catches by using fluorocarbon as opposed to ordinary line such as amnesia ???