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Line Splicing Fid
Line Splicing Fid
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    Fid for splicing Dacron & Spectra line.

    Fid size is appx. 2 3/4" long and 1/16" diameter.  New design has a nice plastic handle on the end, making it easier to control and pull.

    Line splicing has been around for many many years and is a great way to tie off the end of your line without losing the strength of the line caused by knots.   Line splicing is simply feeding the end of the line back through the center of the line. The line is inverted upon itself forming a loop and then the tail is fed back through the center of the line to tuck it away.   This causes a "Chinese finger trap" type of clamp on the line that holds stronger as pressure increases.

    To splice your line, you first need a Fid.   The Fid is a hook tool that has a closeable clasp on the end - also known as a latch hook needle.   The clasp is used to grab the line and pull it back through the center of your line.   Anyone that is familiar with a Latch Hook needle will know how this works.   As you push the Fid through the center of the line the latch opens, when you pull the Fid back through the line the latch closes.   Below is a simple drawing of a Fid used for smaller diameter spectra kite line.

    For detailed instructions on creating a knot-less loop, click HERE

    So, how do you make a spliced loop? We'll show ya.

    First, start with the end of the line towards you.   Insert the Fid (splicing needle) about 6 inches from the end into the center of the line.   You may have to remove any added waxing on the line by running your finger nail down the line a couple times.   Heavy wax on the line will make the line stiff and difficult to get the Fid to slide through.   If possible, get the line to lay down flat and bunch the line up to get the weave to open and allow the Fid to slide through easier.   Slide the Fid through the center of the line about 3 inches and then back out of the line as in the diagram below.   Attach the hook onto the line about 1 or 2 inches away from the exit of the line, fold the latch over the line to secure it into the hook.

    Fid inserted into line.

    Carefully bring the line back through the center with the hook.   On smaller diameter line you will need to work carefully and may have to twist the Fid a little bit back and forth to get the exit hole to open up enough to allow the folded over line to enter into the center.   Carefully work the line back through the center and when the hook emerges from the line, detach and place aside.   Hold firmly onto the loop and with your thumb and forefinger of your left hand and with your right hand, work back the outside voering of the line so that it literally turns inside out upon itself.   You can push the end of the line down onto the loop to help invert it over the splice (first diagram below).   When completed, you should have a loop in your line similar to the second diagram below.

    Turn line inside out

    Line turned inside out with loop.

    Check the length of the pigtail left on your loop.   It should only be about 2-3 inches.   Trim off any excess line.   Lay the pigtail along the line and insert the Fid back into the line about 1/2 inch past the end of the pigtail end.   Exit the Fid at the same place the line becomes inverted.   Hook the pigtail close to the end with the hook, secure the latch and pull the pigtail inside the line until it slides off of the hook.   See diagram below.   If done properly, you now have a loop in your line without any knots.   Pull the line tight to take out any slack and your done.

    Pigtail Tuck

    Finished Splice

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