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Looking for better skirt collars, (rubber ones) they just dont hold up very long. Is there any better choice other than wiring them on? Links or info much appreciated. 

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Ive been using braided line for several years for this. Ive never had one problem.

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small zip ties work as well and are pretty easy to put on, just get the smallest ones you can find.

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If you don't want a rubber skirt collar you will need to tie the skirt on with mono, braid, thread or wire. The only other alternative is what flyfisher mentioned which is small zip ties. You can also use O-rings, I've heard the BOSS O-rings are really good but I don't use them so I don't know if they are any different than what you can get at a hardware store. https://fishingskirts.com/product/boss-skirt-rings-50-pack-760/

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I have tried all of the above and will stick with wire.  Floral wire is cheap and easy to use.

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I use mono and a uni knot. It stays on tight, it's clear, and it's easy to remove if I want to change. There's a few videos on youtube that show how to do it - just search for 'uni knot skirts'.

 

Also use #60 O-rings. 1/4"OD x 1/8"ID x 1/16"

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Here is what I have learned about skirt collar in making jigs for 15 years.

 

Amber bands stretch the best but will soften and just fall apart. You can normally see when they need replaced though.

Colored bands (besides black) are complete junk! I had 12 of 20 skirts I made just break sitting in my dining room for 6 weeks. I just ended up throwing them in the trash.

Black bands last the longest and hold up the best but show no signs when they are going to break.

BOSS O-rings I have been using for about 2 year and I like them so far. The only ones that have failed were rings that were damaged and you can see it on the tool when you roll them.

 

Thread and wire tying are the best but if I don't expect the bait to last more than a day I don't bother. Craft wire in 22 gauge is what I use and it can be bought anywhere. 

 

Allen

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Thanks for the suggestions guys

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I have been using the smallest wire ties as flyfisher above. I find them at the dollar store. Place the connection above the hook so as not to catch weeds. I pull ties tight with a pliers. The wire tie method seems very good but,I like the price on the wire ties.

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