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If you follow the below
pictorial, the images pretty much explain on how to attach a swivel to
the business end of your wire line.
2. Use a blood knot to the end that goes on the reel with 30# mono as a backer.
3. The cushioning of the mono underneath takes what's called "progressive dynamic tension" off the reel's spools.
4. Standard downrigger crimps or sleeves were used. These are widely available at any tackle store that has big lake stuff.
Warning: If you do not stuff the loose ends back in the top crimp you're gonna get some serious boo-boos big time from being stabbed with the little needlepoint ends. 30# test wire is only about .010 thick, so the seven strands of stainless that makes this stuff are pretty ultra-needlelike.
Now, this isn't the only way to do this, but this is the way I've done
it since 1988. From 1988
thru 2005, never, once did I ever experience a failure. 18 seasons
under the hard usage says a lot for this system of attaching a swivel/cross
lock to wire.
I've broke off a fair amount of wire off, but never close to the end where the crimps are.
Be sure to squeeze all crimps firmly.
Play a fish on wire easy, cuz of the no-stretch line factor.
In August of 1988 I
was chartering out of the Port of Frankfort, MI. This was the height
of the Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD) that almost wiped out our fishery
for Kings (Chinooks). Kings were extremely
hard to come by and this only was made worse with the summer of 1988 being
the hottest on record for this area. This drove what few Kings there
deep and times were tough in the charter business.
Wiring the "Word"
The word got out on the wire in a hurry in the thumb of Michigan and
then traveled to New York's Lake Ontario first, before gaining in popularity on
Lake Michigan in the later 1990s & the i2ks.
Like all things running
braided wire diver has it's good points and determents. Here's the
obvious: 30 pound braided stainless wire coming in around .010, means it's
then and extremely strong for the diameter. However, the biggest key
is wire is smooth that cuts the water and your diver goes down like a
rock, when compared to regular monofilament fishing lines. You
can whack bottom at depths exceeding 100 feet with a Dipsy dialed on 1 if
you let enough line out. Even deeper if you add the optional larger
aftermarket big ring. Depth comes from the lessened water drag and
the actual weight of the wire and let's not forget the skinny .010
Draw back to running wire
are many and starts with the expense of a truly good roller diver
rod. These will set you back 200 to 300 bucks each. The age
old adage of you get what you pay for is doubly true when it come to
quality roller rods. Roller rods must has a soft progressive tip and
plenty of backbone. I made my own and had over 100 bucks in the
Aftco Roller Guides per each rod. I know there's cheaper diver rods
out, but look at the quality and numbers of rollers per rod length.
You'll see why it pays to go first class! Wire rods can come in
differing lengths, but the 2 sizes most popular are the 9 and 10 footers.
Here's a Heads Up
OK, now that the history
lesson is over. I'm going to make a strong point: wire will not
NEVER lay flat on your modern day fishing reel's smaller sized
spool. Wire WILL ALWAYS have a unruly propensity to uncoil,
causing unbelievable backlashes/tangles/bird-nests. Never taking the
clicker off is a way to counter act wire's wild tendency to uncoil.
This is a reliable method to use to control spool overrun, or backlash and
the one I use. It helps to tighten the reel's spool caps that
additional tension to the spool.
30# braided stainless wire is a nasty snarl waiting to happen.
Braided wire will also kink up in a heartbeat, rendering the line 100% totally useless. Pay attention to any curly-cues, or loose laying loopy line. Work these out before they become a kink. Always keep some tension on the wire, failure to heed this advice will soon show itself and a trip to the tackle store to replace the costly stuff.
Braided wire generally comes
on 600' and 1000' spools and the line test can vary from 20 to 50
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