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Old-Fashioned Braided Fishing Line For Slip-Bobber Stops

8/18/18 @ 8:31 PM
User since 4/13/15

Old farts like myself remember the days when bait-casting reels were often spooled with braided line (mono was still catching on for use with conventional reels).  This line was nothing like the small-diameter, slippery braided lines of today.  It was low-tech stuff, and I don't know if it's even made anymore.  I certainly can't find it.

I find that that old-fashioned line makes the very best stopper knots for slip bobbers, and best by a huge margin too, but I'm running out of my ancient supply.  I also find that the store-bought, pre-tied stopper knots are made using just about the worst choice of material, because after a several casts and passing through the rod guides, the line starts to fray and the leading edge of the knot puffs up and it can't be re-snugged on account of the fraying.  Then, if it snags badly on a rod guide during a cast, and at some point it will, you'll get the worst backlash ever if you are using a conventional reel.  Gosh, I'd like to find some more of that old-fashioned braided line, just for bobber-stop knots.  Anyone have any ideas, or a next-best alternative?

6/5/20 @ 1:47 PM
Tim Zwieg
User since 1/10/12

jemstone, I don't want to post pictures of my collection of rods & reels or line.  :-)

6/2/20 @ 11:17 PM
User since 7/7/15

If you can find the tip up ice fishing line it sure looks like and old fashion braid to me. I have some of the old 30# moss green power pro the that seems to be pretty thick rough and course. I have more invested in line than I have in Rods and Reels, good line is not cheap! There is a small example in the attached photos.

A small sample of decent fishing line

5/29/20 @ 11:40 AM
Tim Zwieg
User since 1/10/12

You are referring to Braided Dacron.  That stuff was like casting a rope!!  I put that on my bait casters and tightened them down to teach my kids how to cast a bait caster.  Initially the could cast 10 feet, but the rats nests were easy to get out.  They can now cast bait casters with mono or braid or what ever they so choose.

5/29/20 @ 11:08 AM
MEMBER since 11/5/17

You can find a variety of beads with very small holes in the crafts department at Walmart. CARPIO 

5/28/20 @ 3:47 PM
User since 4/13/15

Crappie Bob:  You use these things?

I think this brings up the same issue that came up earlier in the discussion, since the normal reason for using slip bobbers is to suspend your bait at much greater depth than is possible to having hanging free at the end of your rod when casting.  Having stop knots that can pass easily through rod guides and onto your reel means there is no limit to how deep you can fish.  You can do that with with these kinds of stoppers?

5/28/20 @ 10:33 AM
User since 7/18/10

Tied my own stop knots with Dacron for decades. Made a jig for a "Rudy's Snell Tyer" to build in advance on thin plastic tubes like the store or keep a bit in the box/bag to tie on a rigged line. Also works to make an adjustable length from a slip sinker to the rig.

My favorite line was the cheapie catfish line available in many colors including hi-viz orange and chartreuse. Coming on 50 yard spools and priced pretty much as cheap as it gets. for the most part a 4mm bead will have a suitably small hole to stop on the knot. Additionally, if you leave a bit of a tag on the rig side bead stoppage is more reliable. 20 - 36# test makes the right knot diameter to stop easily while still slipping thru your guides and spooling well. Smaller does work better for guide travel and low profile spooling but stopping at a bead is much less reliable.

Still got my tying box and enough line to make maybe 50,000 more knots. The knots on the right were proof of concept and the ones left were from my "production days".

5/28/20 @ 6:56 AM
crappie Bob
User since 6/9/03

i use those tiny little rubber weight stops.  i get them at Bass Pro.  they don't frey or wear from the water  They work for me 

5/27/20 @ 1:05 PM
User since 7/20/09

The Everlasting Slip Bobbers come with glass bead inserts in the top and brass inserts in the bottom to prevent the grooves from occurring.  I've been using those lately with braid since I don't ever really snap the braid, so I don't lose bobbers.  I just make sure my sinker is on the braid, so that if it snaps its likely my fluoro leader and a hook only and the bobber stays on.

We actually used to take the cheaper bobbers and push metal beads into the tops to prevent the grooves too years ago.  But it takes the right kind of plastic, some crack and some just flex when you push a bead into it.

5/27/20 @ 8:57 AM
MEMBER since 12/19/01

I've found out the hard way that if you get the clearance between the line and the hole in the bead too small, any debris in the water (algae, cottonwood, etc) and the line won't slide well or reliably through the bead.

Also, if you fish braid with slip floats that have an integral bead, keep an eye on the hole in the bead, as the braid does a nice job of cutting a groove in it, which of course the line catches in.

In fact, the lighted floats I use most (Gamakatsu Fireflys) attach via a snap swivel which slides on the line, and I have had the braid actually abrade a groove in the plated steel of the swivel eye, causing the same issue.

Been using the 40# dacron off my old 5000D for more than 20 years, and at 8' or so per season, it will probably last a while yet, only about 1/2 gone.   But I may run out of the beads I bought at the craft store soon.....

5/26/20 @ 6:50 PM
User since 12/7/05

I bought a 200-yard spool of Cabela's brand fluorescent orange fly line backing (either 20# or 30#). It is 100% Dacron and made in the USA (Colorado, IIRC). The entire spool costs about $9-10 and will last most anglers the rest of their lives! They also have fluorescent yellow and white, I believe. I like the fluorescent orange because from 30-40 feet away I can see if my line hung up in the slip bobber on the cast and my bait is not in the strike zone. A black knot on the water is nearly invisible, even with the best set of eyes! If you want something 'slipperier', get gel-spun backing. Same thing, but has a waxy coating on it. The regular Dacron once wet (lube with saliva before snugging your knot) slides just fine on your main line. I cut a 1/4" slit in the side of the plastic box the spool came in with a utility knife, fed the end of the spool through the slit and keep a small par of scissors in my tackle bag. The box acts as a dispenser and you just cut what you need and tie it on! Small craft beads are what I use for stops. I usually get orange or red, and have a small bag of glow for night time walleye fishing. Works well and is way less than buying knots, plus the floor of my boat isn't covered with 1/2" straws.

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