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October 31, 2007
2:48 pm
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STUBBORN DUTCHY
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Hey guys: Which way do you feel is better?

--Main line (80lb stealth) tied with a double uni knot to a florocarbon leader (130lb)

or

--Main line(80lb stealth) tied with a palmer knot to a barrell swivel then tying another palmer knot to florocarbon leader (130lb)

That is the question. What I'm thinking is, the barrell swivel is just something else the fish could possibley see and when fishing at night I'm real good at retreving my leader up to and hitting my first guide on my rod, making a good click nose and I've had fish turn and flee when hearing that. The uni knot doesn't make that high pitched click when it hits. Do we need the swivel to help line from spinning up?
Or is it a better anchor to tie the main line to the swivel? Want to see what the pros think [[%&]]

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October 31, 2007
6:27 pm
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worm, you already know the answer to this, don't confuse things....

Forget all that uni knot to the main line stuff and stick with the 130# flouro stealth leaders you have. That uni knot wouldn't even work on 130# seagur anyway. It's sooooo much easier having the stealth leaders already tied and tying onto the barrel swivel if you want to change to a trolling leader or the leader needs to be replaced. The one small disadvantage to the pre-tied leaders is hitting the rod tip with the swivel, this problem goes away as you get more experienced and know when to stop reelling and go into a figure 8 for each type of lure you are using (I'm still working on that part myself....)

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October 31, 2007
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Exactly what Tim said. I would stay with barrel swivel. Make it easy on yourself.

October 31, 2007
10:43 pm
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Yeh I know it's easier but what I was thinking about doing was cutting the snap-ring off the Stealth Leader, leaving the loop knot they have tied and tying the main line to it with the Palmar Knot. I shouldn't of said tying a double uni knot to join the two, that's not what I meant. I can't tie a double uni with 130lb, that's why I bought the Stealth Leaders. My main concearn is fishing heavily fished areas with the barrel swivel. Are they that line shy, so to say?????? I don't get the chances to fish "really big" waters where a barrel swivel wouldn't be a question. I also reduced the size of the String-ease snap down to a #4, just because the size. Or am I just being anal? {&}

Later Worm

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October 31, 2007
11:35 pm
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Worm, your being anal.

Keep it simple with the stealth leaders just as they are out of the package... and fish on!!

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November 1, 2007
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If your main concern is crashing your leader into the rod tip at night, get a glow bead. Put that on in front of the leader or buy the night fishing leaders that come with the bead. A few tackle makers make them, so does Stealth.

http://www.stealthtackle.net/f.....ders.shtml

The you can get the beads at Bass Pro or any walleye rigging store. They use them on spinner snell rigs. The main thing though is to learn what each bait feels like when it gets close to the boat. I know, like you do not have enough to worry about night fishing. Start with the easy ones and work up to the other lures. Big bucktails are probably easiest then deep cranks when the line goes vertical, go 8. I start varying the angle of retrieve as I get close to the boat. That helps figure where you are at and sometimes is enough to get a fish to go. I usually err on the side of caution though when not sure and start the fig 8 early. It beats that telltale CLINK! and fish boil next to the boat when it does a 360 at 30mph. I doubt the swivel is any hinderance to a muskie in pursuit of a meal.
Good Luck,
KJ

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