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switching baits out on braid?

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What do you guys do, I usually take a lighter with me, burn the lure off and change. Do you guys use leaders with swivels or just take cutters. Its a real pain using jig heads.  I love fishing braid, it lasts longer and IMHO is a better solution to  mono, I usually use berk pow pro.

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Cutters.  Dont like fire around it, just personal preference.

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Cutters

Yesterday's braided lines were made of linen and dacron and any dull pair of scissors cut the line.

The polyethylene braids used today require a good pair of scissors to get a clean shear.

The $3 pair sold by Bass Pro is nothing to write home about, but I'm sure you'll like them better than the cigarette lighter  :)

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10151&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&partNumber=73302&hvarTarget=search&cmCat=SearchResults

Roger

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I use a little pair of Fiskar scissors that I got in the craft section at WalMart.  They have rounded edges so I can run with them and my wife doesn't scold me.

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I use kids scissors (Fiskars).  They're cheap, come with a bright colored handle, and they do a fine job of cutting the line with out fraying it.

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I'm sure you'll like them better than the cigarette lighter  
LMAO!! :)  seems like i have a lighter on me more often than my snips!!  If that doesn't work i make a makeshift cutter out of one of the beer cans in the hull . . .

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I must be the only one here with a sharp pocket knife...

I find that even the scary-sharp hollow ground spey blade on my stockman's knife leaves a frayed end on Power Pro.

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Thanks for all of the replies. I know it might sound stupid, but the lighter was keeping the line from getting frayed and it is a royal pain trying to thread that stuff into an 1/8 oz jig head. I didn't know if a leader would be a better answer. I have tried the diagonal cutters, but they sucked. I guess I will try a plain ole pair of school scissors. Once again thanks.

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Thanks for all of the replies. I know it might sound stupid, but the lighter was keeping the line from getting frayed.

Not stupid at all.

To this day, I still "Flame-Whip" the ends of my dock lines, which never fray.

Wrap masking-tape temporarily around the rode, ignite the fuzzy fibers with a lighter, wait for a molten blob of plastic,

then blow out the flame. Not so easy on a windy day though, if you know what I mean  :)

Roger

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I'm actually suprised no one has mentioned this yet but, nothing works better on braid IMHO than a simple pair of finger nail clippers, you don't even have to spend money just open the miscellaneous drawer at home and grab a pair to keep in your pocket, on your belt or around your neck.  BEST solution imo.

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I must be the only one here with a sharp pocket knife...

i use a single edged razor blade...sharper than the trapezoid shaped ones used for cutting cardboard.

have been using the same razor for months and is pretty dull now but still cuts it no prob.

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I'm actually suprised no one has mentioned this yet but, nothing works better on braid IMHO than a simple pair of finger nail clippers, you don't even have to spend money just open the miscellaneous drawer at home and grab a pair to keep in your pocket, on your belt or around your neck. BEST solution imo.

my powerpro chips the blades on fingernail clippers :-?

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Does anyone know if by burning the line you make it weaker in other spots. Like within a couple inch section up from where it was burned? Always wondered...

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"Braid Blade" scissors do a fine job, as will a really sharp knife if you cut against something.  I have never found any tool with jaws/cutters that simply close on the braid to cut it cleanly.

I use a flame to get the tips of the uni-uni leader to line knot to their shortest possible length (doesn't work well in the boat/wind, however).

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I'm actually suprised no one has mentioned this yet but, nothing works better on braid IMHO than a simple pair of finger nail clippers, you don't even have to spend money just open the miscellaneous drawer at home and grab a pair to keep in your pocket, on your belt or around your neck. BEST solution imo.

my powerpro chips the blades on fingernail clippers :-?

never ever had that problem, i swear by power pro and finger nail clippers

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Does anyone know if by burning the line you make it weaker in other spots. Like within a couple inch section up from where it was burned? Always wondered...

I have never had any problems with it,  thats with fresh water and toothy saltwater fish.

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I have used sissors, side cutters, knives, nail clippers, etc.  But now I use the Power Zap.  It cuts through braid like a hot knife through butter and has a 1000 other uses for plastics.

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPage?CMID=&objectID=28594&langId=-1&mode=article&pageView=image&catalogId=10001&partNumber=&storeId=10151&deptId=000000000&categoryId=000000000&jumpToPage=1&currentPage=0&subdeptId=000000000

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i must be the only guy that uses norman speed clips

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skunked.

I was thinking of trying the speed clips, but I have had quite a few people tell me that they have had problems with them.  How have they help up for you.

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i dont mind them. theres only a few baits i like to toss while using speed clips so i only use them on spinning outfits. i have however used them on all types of crank baits and found them work ok. i, however dont like speed clips and mono line.

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i must be the only guy that uses norman speed clips

LOL!!!! ;D

maybe i should have said i must be the only guy who admits using speed clips.

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