Doubling over braid??

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Thu Aug 27, 2020 12:53 pm

Hi team,

What are your thoughts on when it is and when it isn’t necessary to double over your braid with a bimini twist or similar? Really want to avoid it if possible but don’t want to lose fish because of it???

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Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:51 pm

I generally double braid on the basis of reducing point-load on a 'single' strand.
There are, however, many dynamics in effect on loaded cordage, point contact pressure and surface area etc.
When on the yak, I choose to double so as to introduce some level of redundancy in my knots, plus easier to tie at sea (for me)

Ultimately, you will always lose fish to the weakest link, whether manufactured or introduced. Don't overthink it, unless you're specifically looking to bag trophies.
Gear your tackle for the intended/expected target and you'll generally be good. The one unexpected outsider that defeats your preparation will be your new baseline for next time.
In saying that, I've been 'schooled' by a good Kingy in 2 metres of water - Not fished for, and certainly not expected. However my "fat snap" sessions will not change due to that one-off event.

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Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:54 am

I've never doubled over the braid, but I only ever use an FG knot to join braid to fluoro and it seems unnecessary to double the braid over. I don't think the knot would work as well if you did, anyway. And no, an FG knot is not difficult to tie on the yak.

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Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:01 am

I always double over braid when I'm tying a uni-to-uni knot, as an insurance policy. I know a bloke who has caught multiple 20lbs, never doubled over his braid until our recent trip. I was like "Dafaq!" :rofl:
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