Dock Talk Tip: Connecting Wire Line to Dacron Backing
By Tom Richardson on April 13th, 2012
In the accompanying video, Jeff Miller of Canal Bait & Tackle in Sagamore, Massachusetts, demonstrates how to connect wire line to Dacron backing using an Albright knot. Jeff likes the Albright knot because it’s strong, easy to tie and passes through the rod guides easily. As you’ll see in the video, it helps to secure the wire and Dacron while you tie the knot, and always make sure the knot is seated firmly when finished.
Fold the tag end of wire back over itself, creating a tight bend. Leave at least 6” of tag end to work with after folding the wire.
Take the end of the Dacron, pass it through the wire bend and hold it alongside the 2 strands of wire.
Begin wrapping the tag end of the Dacron around both strands of wire and the standing section of Dacron, working toward the wire bend. Be careful to keep the wraps tight and closely spaced.
After 6 or 7 wraps, take the tag end of the Dacron and pass it through the end loop of the Dacron, then back through the loop of wire line. Note: It’s very important that both the tag end and standing section of Dacron end up on the same side of the wire loop.
Pull on all sections of wire and Dacron to tighten the knot.
To secure the tag end of the wire, make 3 or 4 tight barrel wraps around the standing section, then wrap the wire tag around your index finger and twist it quickly around like a crank handle until the wire breaks off cleanly near the base of the wraps.
Lastly, snip off the tag end of the Dacron to make a clean, snag-proof connection that will pass easily through the rod guides.
Tom Richardson is the co-director and host of BoatingLocal. Before that he served as the editor of Northeast Boating from 2005 to 2009, and as managing editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine from 1995 to 2004. He lives, boats and fishes in southeastern Massachusetts with his wife and three kids.