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Making a Conger Eel Trace

These are some of the tools that are required to make a Conger Eel trace. Once you have the tools the cost of producing multiple Conger traces is very cheap compared to purchasing them ready made from your local tackle dealer. You can of course produce superior traces by upgrading some of the components and using items such as thimbles. Nylon of between 250 to 300lb breaking strength can be substituted for wire. We show nylon traces being made in our diagrams.

Tools needed are cutting pliers, crimping pliers, together with  hooks 8/0 to 10/0, suitable crimps, tested swivels, wire line or nylon. Some of you may prefer to use the ever popular circle hooks.

 

Cut a length of wire or nylon and thread on a crimp, followed by the hook. Then thread the wire or nylon back through the crimp, trapping the hook on the wire. Pull the crimp down tight to the eye of the hook. Some prefer to produce a second loop in the eye of the hook before passing down through the crimp. This gives added strength.

 

The crimp is then compressed on the wire or nylon using a crimping tool. A firm pressure is needed to ensure a good crimp. Always inspect the crimp carefully afterwards to ensure good compression. Some people prefer to use two crimps for added strength.

  

Now turn to the other end of the trace. Slide on another crimp onto the wire or nylon line. Then add a tested swivel link and compress the crimp using the compressing tool pliers. Some people prefer to add thimbles on the swivel end to protect the line as is passes through the swivel. Although this adds to the cost it produces a superior product. We will be exhibiting photographs of this style in due course.

(Images courtesy of Total Sea Fishing Magazine UK www.total-fishing.com)

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