Firstly, a sincere thanks to all anglers from Chennai who made my stay a fantastic and unforgettable experience!
The use of hollow braid has a number of obivious advantages in relation to saltwater popping and speed jigging, but the hollow line seems to make its way into other types of angling, including freshwater fishing.
During my stay in Port Blair, Darran from Gamefishing India demonstrated extraordinary patience in his attempts to teach me how to splice lines, make loops and leaders using hollow braid. Well - I’m now a believer when it comes to the advantages of using hollow braid – both as a leader and as main line. Thank you, Darran!
The procedures described in the following links do differ from Darran’s methods, but I hope they still provide some hints of the way forward.
How to splice lines, make loops etc.:
Another link with demonstration of how to splice two ends of hollow braid:
http://www.blackwaterinternationalinc.c ... plice.html
Mono or flourocarbon into hollow braid + a nailknot to smoothen the joint:
Another demo of how to make a loop with hollow braid:
http://www.blackwaterinternationalinc.c ... dloop.html
Again, please keep in mind that there are various ways of making hollow braid loops and connecting mono/fluoro with hollow braid. It seems like each angler finds his/her own style, will test it and then stick to this specific method.
a) Above your lure, there are no knots which will influence line breaks. You are close to 100% line strenght!
b) No need to learn (difficult) PR knots or similar.
c) If you go for DIY pre-made wind-on leaders, it will take you less than 2 minutes to replace a damaged leader. This could be done off-shore in rough weather without problems.
d) No knots = Easy on your guides when casting, it will probably extend your distance as compared to a more bulky PR knot (?).
e) When you loose main line due to line breaks or abrasion, you can just add/splice new line to the existing main line. In the long run this will save you some money you otherwise would have to spend on filling up a reel with new line after losing e.g. 50 meters. Even without visible abrasion or damage, it would probably be a good idea to replace 30-50 meters once a year - especially for popping
a) Slightly more expensive than good quality solid braid.
b) As compared to solid braid, hollow line will probably reduce cast lenght with a few meters, since the line will absorb more water and thereby become heavier.
c) Hollow braid is more bulky than solid braids and this would result in lower lenghts of line on your reel. Most spinning reels (size 10.000) would not take more than apx. 200 m of 100lb line.
In Europe, Jerry Brown’s Line One Hollow is available from this Spanish on-line shop:
http://www.seawoodtackle.com/store/inde ... anguage=en
Needles and glue:
http://www.seawoodtackle.com/store/inde ... =107_65_92