FL02 PDF (212pp) - Page 57



Stalking Rigs and Tactics
knot. Check the hinge part of the
hooklink, and strip back more material if necessary to ensure a 1in section with the coating removed. Finish
the opposite end with a figure-ofeight knot, and Ben likes to blob the
end with a lighter for neatness. For
the actual leader, he wants that to be
around 7ft long, so leaves enough
material for the splices, and cuts that
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to length. One end is spliced with a
30mm splice and a 5mm loop for the
mainline, the other end is spliced
exactly the same, but with the addition of a 4mm rig ring on the leader
before the tag end is pulled through.
This ring is where the breakaway lead
gets tied to. On to the leader, and Ben
threads on a 4mm bead followed by a
big-eyed swivel, then another 4mm
Take the tag end as shown and draw it back through for the splice.
Pull it up tight then trim the tag end.
Repeat the process with other end, but add in a 4mm rig ring.
Add the beads, swivel and shrink tube so it looks like this.
Apply some glue to the leader before sliding down the shrink tube.
Attach the breakaway lead with some light mono.
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bead. After this he then cuts a 10mm
section of shrink tube and places that
on the leadcore at the base of the
splice before steaming it down. This
gets a small application of rig glue
before sliding the sleeve to its final
position where the last bead gets put
onto it, which can pull free for the
safety aspect of the rig. The chosen
lead, in this case and Atomic Dung
Bottle, gets the swivel removed, and
the lead ring and leadcore ring are
joined together using some 5lb Drennan Double strength mono for the
breakaway link. The rig then gets
joined to the leader swivel via a split
ring, and it is now ready to place on
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