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    Default Is it suitable for pike just now?

    I've got a day booked for tomorrow I was thinking on taking my pike gear with me?

    I'm using a sh skagit line with salmon int/di3 tips if necessary, what tip if any would you recommend ?

    The only traces I have are cheap ones would I get away with using 0.70 nylon instead?
    I've got wire and crimps but none crimping Pliers that fit, any suggestions welcome.

    Cheers Al

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    Default Re: Is it suitable for pike just now?

    I had a jack pike a couple of weeks back on a size 12 Invicta on 6lb mono,it was about 2lbs, The wire I use is from a stainless cable I un wound its about 30lb BS, there is a joining knot called some thing like a Barnyard knot,thats what I use, you could use a tiny swivel as part of the join, but tight lines, easker1

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    Default Re: Is it suitable for pike just now?

    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    The only traces I have are cheap ones would I get away with using 0.70 nylon instead?

    Would you fish for salmon with a wind knot in the tippet? After all you might just get away with it

    Nylon isn't tooth proof and it's only a matter of time before you get bitten off.

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    Default Re: Is it suitable for pike just now?

    I've been meaning to order wire you can knot, i ended up fishing for about an hour with a floating line and 6ft inter tip with a perch pattern 2.5/3" long but never had any luck.
    I found casting a 19/20g line sore on the arm I'm going to try my 11ft switch rod and see how that feels.

    Al

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    Default Re: Is it suitable for pike just now?

    PLEASE use wire... some good knottable wires available and I really can't find a good reason not to use it over mono. You don't need to crimp it or use snap-links or swivels, just knot it like you would do with mono (Ralpa or Perfection Loop to the fly) and replace once it starts to kink. Casting a big pike fly is pretty harsh on the trace and using snap-links etc. can encourage you to keep using a trace that is past it's best plus a lot of the shop-bought readymade traces aren't always the best quality. A 10m spool of wire will cost you about 8 and be enough for at least 20 traces.
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