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Double Fluke - To Bead Or Not To Bead

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Following the suggestion of Etrout72, I used a Double Fluke rig for the first time today.  I tied it with the two swivels & a (carolina rig) bead between them as opposed to just the two swivels alone.  It worked well, but I noticed the line would fray just above the knot from the mainline to the main swivel, enough that I had to continually retie after 40 - 50 casts.  The bead & the second swivel were loose & slid like they were supposed to, so I am not sure if the bead was causing the fraying or something else.  Ironically, I chose to add the bead thinking it would protect the knot.

For those of you who use the Double Fluke rig, do you use a bead & why or why not?

Also, does it sound correct to suspect the bead as the cause of the fraying or does that happen with just the swivel too?

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I can't say that the bead caused your problem, but I do not use one when I rig it & have not experienced your problem.

 

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Which swivel were you using?  I've used spro's a lot for a long time and trust they are refined enough to not fry the line.  Never ran into a fraying issue with the double fluke... Then again I've never used one long enough before a Pike ate it.

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Were you using a glass or plastic bead? If glass, then I can see where this hard bead could abrade the line by riding back & forth over it. You might want to try plastic instead. Not saying this is the cause mind you....just speculation. Try just using the swivel alone without the bead and see what happens.

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3 hours ago, Crestliner2008 said:

Were you using a glass or plastic bead? 

Plastic, the ones used on Carolina rigs.  I'll rig it up this weekend with just the swivels.

I used some BPS barrel swivels I had (again, ones I had used for Carolina rigs).  I'll run one up & down the line a couple dozen times to see if that was the problem.

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