Adding a girth hitch to a level line?

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Adding a girth hitch to a level line?

Postby lolajoker » Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:48 am

I would really like to add girth hitches to my level lines. What's the best way to do this? What is the best material to make girth hitches with?
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Re: Adding a girth hitch to a level line?

Postby dwalker » Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:37 am

I would tie a loop knot in the end of the level line. Use a perfection loop, figure 8 loop knot, or whatever kind of loop knot you prefer.

Or alternatively you could double back the end of the level line to form a loop, and bind it with a nail knot or other type of binding wrap, fly tying thread would work fine. Add a drop of head cement or superglue to help keep it secure. This is the same method recommended by by Sebata Yuzo in this old drawing showing a way to make a tenkara line using western type running or shooting fly line.
[ランニングライン, running line]
[ネイルノット, nail knot]
See the whole article here:

However. A figure 8 loop knot would work fine, be quicker to make, and would probably work better because level line might not compress, like the shooting line would, under the binding wrap knot. So the same idea might not hold as well as it would with shooting line.

He made the loop for the girth hitch loop from boat fishing line [船釣り用道糸 = braided line sold for salt water fishing].
[サンライン ディープワン, Sunline Deep One. ]
[Size 6号 ~ .405mm / . 016 inch diameter, but most girth hitch loops today are made from smaller diameter line, which will probably grip the lillian better. ]

What I have used is small diameter braided fishing line. Something like 50# (or smaller) Dacron (or Kevlar, Dyneema braid), should work fine. You would only need a piece 6 - 8 inches long. Tie it into a loop or double loop (I've seen it called the Snowman loop knot because it kind of looks like a snowman, larger open loop on the bottom, smaller loop on top - as a tag end to help remove the girth hitch from the lillian) using figure 8 knots.

Or cannibalize a loop from a tapered line you already have and attach it to your level line loop.

If you don't already have some kind of braided line you think will work. Send me a PM with your name and address and I will send you 2 or three pieces of different kinds of braided line. You can use the kind you like the most. No problem. I have hundreds of feet of braided lines. If the offer interest you do it soon as I will be leaving home soon and be gone for a couple of weeks.

Good luck.

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Re: Adding a girth hitch to a level line?

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