Streamline

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some things you might like to know about Streamline leaders.


Q: How is a Streamline leader connected to my mainline?
A: The best connection is a SINGLE loop-to-loop connection. (Single Loop to Loop) Simply thread the mainline loop coming from your reel through the leader End Loop. Next, pull the leader through the mainline loop. Finally, smooth the legs of each loop so they are smooth and equal in length and pull on the mainline and leader to close the loops together.

Q: Why do you recommend the single loop-to-loop, wouldn't two or three times through give a stronger connection?
A: I recommend a single loop-to-loop connection because it is easier to equalize the length of the legs, and it is easier to get it apart later.

The simple explanation is that a single loop-to-loop connection is 100% strong, doubling or tripling the number of times through won't increase the strength beyond 100%.

In more detail, when you make a loop in your mainline (or the loop on a Streamline leader, the tension in the loop is exactly half of the tension in your line. (The line has been doubled.) Although the loop-to-loop "knot" itself is only about 60% efficient, the lines within it are only carrying 50% tension. That would say the the strength is 120% (twice 60%), of course you can't get greater than 100% overall.

Q: How do I remove a Streamline leader from my mainline loop?
A: If the leader is worn out, take a pair of sharp scissors and cut the side of the leader loop. Once cut, you can pull on the leader and the mainline and the loop will pull apart.

If the leader is still good but you want to change to a different leader (e.g. stronger mono, or to swap mono for fluoro), grab the two legs of the leader loop and pull them in opposite directions <link to photo>. This makes the loop on your mainline roll back on itself. You can now work the knot apart and then pull the loop-to-loop apart.

Q: How do I make a loop in my mainline?
A: There are several choices, depending on the strength of your mainline and your proficiency with knots and splicing; and depending on whether your mainline is solid or hollow braid. Here is a good link to a discussion on the topic. Hollow Spectra Techniques: How to Make Mainline Loops

If you use hollow-weave Spectra line (e.g. Jerry Brown Line One), splice an End Loop with 1 1/2" legs. This is the strongest, smoothest, most reliable way to loop on your mainline. (Hollow-weave line costs a little more but after paying the initial purchase price you have a stronger overall line system because you never have to tie knots again.)

If you use solid-weave Spectra line (e.g. PowerPro solid, Daiwa Boat Braid, etc.) you have a couple choices. A 50 turn Bimini Twist will maintain nearly 100% of the strength of your mainline. Just be sure to make the loop as small as you can so that it casts well.

The other choice is a Surgeon's loop. This knot reduces the ABS (actual breaking strength) strength of your line by about 40%, as almost all knots in all lines do. So if you use 80# line with an ABS of 100 lbs., your Surgeon's Loop will probably break between 60 and 65 lbs.

Q: What should I do if the mono or fluoro of a Streamline leader pokes through the hollow braid of the splice?
A: Although this does not reduce the strength of the leader, the loose mono could catch on your guide. To repair it, push the mono/fluoro so that about 1/8" is showing and then carefully cut that mono off with nail clippers or a sharp pair of scissors. Now all you have to do is slide the hollow-weave braid back over the mono.

Q: There are wisps of line showing about 6 to 12" from the Streamline leader End Loop. What should I do?
A: This is normal and happens to all spliced connections. The best thing to do is nothing. However if you'd like to remove the wisps for cosmetic reasons, carefully pull about 1/16" (1mm) of the wisp of line outside the splice, cut it off with Spectra scissors, and smooth the connection. The wisp will disappear (until it happens again).

Q: How can I tell when a Streamline leader needs to be replaced?
A: The patent pending Pressure Serve on a Streamline leader is very durable. The most obvious signs of wear are on the mono/fluoro portion of the leader and are caused by abrasion against fish. Always inspect the entire length of your leader after fighting a large fish, or after catching a toothy fish.

After a few hours of casting, even if you haven't caught any fish, it is good practice to inspect the leader from the connection at your terminal tackle through to your mainline. Replace it if there are any signs of wear. An ounce of prevention has saved many good fish.