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Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:51 pm

What is the preference:

Securing your paddle to the Yak or yourself - ie. the lifejacket and why?

What is the common practice - tying a flourocarbon leader to braid (via a FG knot or similar) and then swivel and interchangeable rigs - or just tying a swivel attachment to the braid and adding rigs ?
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Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:38 pm

Yeah, braid to fluoro with fg or other recommended knot (I do use fg). Then tie fluoro strait to jig head, no swivel. Some guys do use genie clips for easy change of jig heads, but I like to tie straight to jig head with a loop knot.

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Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:57 pm

Paddle leashed to yak. ( in rough conditions or pre dawn or late evening solo trips , I have a safety line from me to the yak as well)

FG flouro to braid then swivel,clip , or jighead . Depends on the rig and what I am doing

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Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:26 pm

I always had the paddle leashed to the yak, not me. Logic was that if I fell out, I would hold on to the the paddle and it would be less of an entanglement risk than a line from me to the yak. I fell out once (or rather, I was knocked over) and the system worked.

FG knot is the gold standard. I don't think there is anything better, but I can't tie it :D The Alberto knot is far easier and I'm happy with it's strength and size.

Quick clips for jigs, leader straight to sofites.

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Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:07 pm

1. paddle leashed to kayak

2. FG braid to flouro, then swivel clip. on the other side of the swivel clip will be leader with loop knot to easily attached to the swivel clip and what have you at the other side.

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Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:28 am

Paddle leashed to the kayak for me. I unleash the paddle when I launch to minimize getting tangled if I fall out.

PR knot to tie braid to leader. It takes time to master the technique. I find it also slides very nicely in the guides if you weave the ends of the knot with dental floss.

Genie clip tied on with a uni knot at the of the leader. I haven't had a failure with a genie clip yet.
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