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In view of some of my recent exploits, and bad decisions whilst fishing, I have now decided as part of my pre fish routine, to test my rigs for strength before I go out. I recently aquired a digital fishing scale, and now I test the leader loops by pulling and holding 8 kg for about ten seconds. About 60 percent of the rated strength. Often I tie what I consider to be a rapala knot, but I often feel that I have led the line the wrong way to finish off. If its gonna slip or break, hopefully that will be the time, and not when the fish of a lifetime is being engaged. :lol:

Cheers all Andybear (fishing Scarborough 13 Oct) :lol:
 

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Andybear, have you found any of your knots failing? Like, have all of them passed the test or do you regularly find some that fail early?

By the way, that is a great idea. I have a set of fishing scales and they never get used by me because they start at about 1 kg and I need one that finishes at about 1 kg! I should use them to test my knots.
 

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The scales I got for father's day are berkley digital, I think they go up to 25kg. A shade under $30 dollars, if memory serves. Scales have memory, reset tare wt, if you want to hang something else off them.

Edit.. I dont think knot failure has got me yet, but the last big fish I lost, the loop failed, (abrasion from well used wire trace being the probable cause) wearing into mono. If I had grabbed the lure by the bib, I would have been ok

Cheers Andybear :lol: :(
 
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