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Hollow core braid - is this right?

Old 11-09-2019, 04:50 PM
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I don't have a lot of experience with hollow core braid but I've worked with a few types and seen some of the differences between brands. So I got a 300 yd spool of Fins 200 lb hollow core and am trying to splice a loop and for the life of me can't get it to work, it's super soft and the stands seem to be made of tiny fibers the needles can't seem to move smoothly though the center without snagging a few and jamming up. I've worked with 80 lb fins before and remember it being soft and a pain to work with but not like this, it was completely manageable. I even have some Seaguar threadlock 200 lb next to me and it seems about the same size but much stiffer, the stands are solid and the needle moves though them effortlessly. Is this typical for some heavy braids or did I get a cheap knock off?
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What needles are you using? Maybe they're the wrong size .
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Old 11-09-2019, 05:37 PM
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I don't have any 200 lb specific needles, I tried many and i seemed to have the most luck with a smaller needle I normally use for 60 lb HC, it really didn't like the larger needles, seemed to get jammed on the needle itself. I started out using the largest I have, a 130-150 hollow and 'medium'? reverse latch toro tamer needles and couldn't get it further than an inch or two. I've used smaller needles on larger braids in the past and just had to be a little more careful, nothing like this.
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Is it getting hooked on the latch?
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Old 11-09-2019, 05:54 PM
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No, just can't get it on the needle. It's like tying to thread the needle through soft nylon string. When I though I finally got in through a foot or so and could pull the loop though it only barely started to turn inside out over itself before it locked up and couldn't get the loop finished.
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Have you been to Basils' website?

BHP Tackle - Wind-On Leaders - Topshots - Fluorocarbon Wind-On Leaders - Hollow Spectra

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Spliced End Loop :: BHP Tackle

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Old 11-09-2019, 06:56 PM
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Forget a needle - bend a 2' piexe of #3 Malin wire and go to town
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Old 11-09-2019, 08:01 PM
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Forget a needle - bend a 2' piexe of #3 Malin wire and go to town
That's what I was thinking.
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Old 11-11-2019, 08:56 AM
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I've read this any times or had similar phone calls. 9 times out of 10 the person has solid braid in their hands. Despite what the label says, it's solid, not hollow. The needle should go into 200lb FINS with no effort, just like it goes through your 200lb Threadlock.
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Old 11-11-2019, 10:48 AM
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LOL that's kind of funny. (well not for the guy that bought hollow and got solid)
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Old 11-11-2019, 11:01 AM
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wet it down with your mouth and see if you can a needle into it. if not, you got solid.
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Originally Posted by pilotwerxs View Post
wet it down with your mouth and see if you can a needle into it....
Oh man so much to do with this

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Old 11-11-2019, 12:07 PM
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First, brand to brand is very different. They do not necessarily match up with feel or application per given lb test. In other works brand x 80lb can be very different than brand y 80lb.

Further, a particular lb test within a given brand may be more difficult to work (and feel different) in another lb test for the same brand.

Any of this is not unique to heavier lb, ie 200lb

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Old 11-12-2019, 07:59 PM
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Def not hollow. Happens every once and a while. I got two 3500 yards spool of hollow core this year from Jb that were solid.
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Hate to sidetrack but - best location (online) to buy hollow core braid?
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