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    Default How to keep small tippet loop-to-loop connections from locking?

    I just read Tandem Flies. Charlie Meck suggests attaching dropper flies by using a loop-to-loop connection. (The fly is looped directly on to, and close to, the leader.) However, when I tried to take the flies off, the loops seem to lock. Is there anyway to prevent this from happening? I'm even thinking of adding petroleum jelly on the loops.

    I also had this problem several years ago when I put loops on flies to pre-rig them, and then attach them to a loop at the very end of the leader.

    Thanks,

    Randy

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    I just pick the loops apart with the point of a hook.

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    How you lace up the loop to loop knot makes a difference. You first slip the first loop into the second loop, then thread the tag end thru the first loop and pull tight. That way the complete knot looks like a square knot in profile, square knots are fairly easy to untie if you push on them just right.
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-849ODG6eDR...handshake4.gif


    The wrong way is to pass the tag end thru its self, this makes a sheeps head knot that is hard to undo.
    http://www.geospectra.net/kite/knots/knot09.jpg

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    Kengore,

    Thanks, though I'm still a bit confused. By tag end I assume you mean the shorter piece of mono or flouro. By first loop you mean the loop on the leader?

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    When using a loop to loop connection just remember that you never put any (tag) ends through it's own loop.

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