Sorry its been a while since I posted, but lots going on, most of which unfortunately has not involved fishing. I was prepping to get back on the water this spring and thought some folks might like a little primer on how to properly crimp a leader, so I made this little video. There are few things more frustrating than hooking up a nice fish only to have the crimp connection fail. I had it happen once on a nice tuna and have not allowed a repeat. Hope you find this video helpful.
In the video I eyeballed the right slot in the crimping tool to match the sleeve I was using. I have done a bunch so was pretty comfortable I had the right size. I highly recommend that you follow the recommendations on the packaging until you get the feel for the correct pairings of leaders to sleeves and sleeves to crimp tool slots. Its important to use the right sizes to assure a proper connection that is not so tight that it damages the leader, but tight enough to assure the connection will not slip under pressure.
Good luck out there, and catch ’em up!
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