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   Old Thread  #1000 3 Apr 2008 at 5.12pm  0  Login    Register

First get some leadcore, splicing needle, needle, swivels, scissors and your mainline ( i have used heavy braid here for clarity)

next, slide back the outer sheath to expose the lead, break off approx 4"

release the outer sheath and you will now have a limp section

where the lead core now ends, pass the splicing needle through the side, up the centre around and inch and back out the side

hook up the loose end in the gated end of the splicing needle

gently tease the needle back through

untill its all the way out, remove the needle

tease the loop gently to pull the loose end back in side, just as the loose end disapears, pull everything tight. repeat the above at the other end.

if you want to add a swivel (to go in a lead clip etc) slide the loop through the eye of the swivel

then pass the swivel through the loop

attach the swivel to the loop as shown, this will allow you to take the swivel back off if needed

to attach your mainline, get the free loop and your chosen mainline (the following knot is a 5 turn grinner, replace as you like with your chosen knot)

pass the line through the loop

create another loop

pass the free end through the loop 5 times

wet and tighten down the knot.

the next photos show an other method of attaching your mainline.
remove a length of lead as described earlier

insert a needle and gently singe the frayed end.

pass the splicing needle though the side and all the way out the end, attach your line and pull back through

as per the five turn grinner, create a loop and pass the line through 5 times.
wet and tighten knot

pull tight till it locks up

to splice on a swivel, remove lead, insert needle, slip a swivel over the loose end, attach loose end to needle

pull needle back through, pull tight and trim excess loose end.

hope this of use to everyone.
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   Old Thread  #1205 21 Nov 2020 at 4.04pm  0  Login    Register
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A little twist helps and try to grab the leadcore at the very end with the needle that makes it a bit easier
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   Old Thread  #1204 21 Nov 2020 at 3.35pm  0  Login    Register
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very thorough and helpful but for me the splicing needle is the issue and never comes through any tips?
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   Old Thread  #1203 23 Apr 2017 at 7.32am  0  Login    Register
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Thanks the the op and those who commented on this thread. I've been burying my head with splicing my own lead core for some time. After some messing around (and wasted lead core and 3 broken needles) i am now tying perfect leaders every time. From my own tribulations my tips would be be:

1) Put a kink half way down the leader during splicing to prevent the lead core moving during the process

2) Splay the fibres out at the end of the braid and catch these with the latch when pulling back through. Don't try to pull too much braid back through.

3) Use ESP splicing needles.

After watching loads of videos the one below helped me the most.
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   Old Thread  #1202 18 Sept 2016 at 9.11pm  0  Login    Register
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No problem, glad you're sorted. If you're new to using leadcore I can understand a degree of hesitancy but a spliced loop is exceptionally strong. Your mono will snap long before that gives way.
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   Old Thread  #1201 18 Sept 2016 at 3.32pm  0  Login    Register
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Thanks, yes I eventually did as you suggested and it seems to work.
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   Old Thread  #1200 13 Sept 2016 at 6.33am  0  Login    Register
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You mean the loop in the leadcore? Its a spliced loop. When cinched down the loose fibres of the leadcore compress and stop it from coming undone. The more tension applied, the tighter the compression. You can glue the splice if you wish but I never bother.
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   Old Thread  #1199 12 Sept 2016 at 10.05pm  0  Login    Register
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Hiya! Very good illustration and instructions. Can you tell me how the braid is secured? Does it not slide out? Or does it fix there once the loop is created? Thanks... Andrew
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   Old Thread  #1198 2 Aug 2016 at 6.54pm  0  Login    Register
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Thanks for the original post ;-)
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   Old Thread  #1197 4 Mar 2016 at 6.10pm  0  Login    Register
I'll tell you straight away what I find annoying about leadcore:

Finding info on what beads and tubing fits

Anyway it is banned on all my locals, so I have given up on it

I do quite like using it as it is a nice material but I take all the pinning the line down with a large dose of salt now to be honest. The last few feet of line, even if you are bowstringing at short to medium range, naturally pins itself down very flat

As for protecting the line from a helicopter rig's swivel, also been taking all that with a dose of sodium chloride recently as there are some little ins and outs that avoid the need for all that too

Each to their own I suppose but I think leaders are way, way overused

The point of a leader in the first place was for safety in winding up a long distance boomer cast, they never had anything to do with what went on in the lake IMO

Expect a volley of abuse now, lol, please correct me if I am missing something but let's face it leadcore and tubing are always going to be a crude ''here I am'' addition to any end setup
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   Old Thread  #1196 24 Apr 2014 at 11.26pm  0  Login    Register
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very nice thank you will be try that tomorrow
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   Old Thread  #1195 24 Oct 2012 at 8.40pm  0  Login    Register
thank you kind sir struggled for too long but no more
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   Old Thread  #1194 23 Aug 2012 at 7.28pm  0  Login    Register
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   Old Thread  #1193 22 Aug 2012 at 7.41pm  0  Login    Register
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They are about the best iv'e used also good for putting sinkers back on the wire
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   Old Thread  #1192 22 Aug 2012 at 7.32pm  0  Login    Register
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i just use the ESP ones.
they work for me for most of the time! i break them after a while, normally when i become impatient & try to force it!

never used any others.
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