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HOWDY Y'ALL. I Need to get some education on the hollow spectra vs. plain solid type. I have the regular solid type and can usually tie up good connections. With 65lb. the knots are acceptable, and very strong. I have a big penn 50vsw that I recently aquired and was reading about a guy who got a 30vsw free from his daddy! I read that he put a 1/4 mile of spectra on it, hollow spectra and I bet he had a nice smooth connection on the top shot. I know that any knot tied on bigger than 60lb. mono is really clunky and big. Almost too big to pass through the top guides on my trolling rod !!! Is that the BEST DIFFERENCE between the solid vs. the hollow spectra ? The size of the knot? Is the line thinner ? (Not necessarily important , I have 3 times the line amount that I'll ever really need.)I would go like him and put 130lb spectra then an 80 or heck 130 top shot. I will probably try to learn the loop to loop style of pre- tied top shot wind ons? I would like to make switching from 80/ 100/120 possible with just slipping on a loop and not having to attempt tying a knot while the guys are reeling in big and bigger fish. IS THIS POSSIBLE ? Please give me some knowledge , I appreciate your time very much, thanks buddy !
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I serve my connection.. by first pulling the connection as tight as I can get it... then you have to clamp/hold it in place somehow... NOw I take kevlar thread(fly shops carry it, also in the fly shops at Bass Pro/Cabelas).. then I wind it on the connection as tight as I can. there a trick, that rod builders use on the wraps.. you bend a piece of thread and lay it long ways- so when you are done wrapping, you stick the tag end through the exposed loop in that piece you laid down, then pull= and it puts the tag end back in the wrap. then I use the jb adhesive to coat all the tread. gives a very small, knotless, "super" connection....

the serving process is very similar to wrapping a guide on a rod... at least the part where you pull the tag end back through... this is a good bit of info to have anyways, in case you have to do an emergency guide replacement 100 miles offshore.....

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10' section of 300# JB Hollow be enough to practice with.... PM me your address and I will throw it in an envelope real quick, and get it mailed today....
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