At the moment I’ve tied enough kebari, designed new boxes, cleaned up my quiver a bit and now am purging all my old lines cutting the tippet rings off and placing them on my new lines.
I’m doing a little detailing for my friends here that enjoy such things.
Since I added in a Karasu 360, I ordered two matching black spools. All other rods will get the card spools.
I’m using the following recipe for a line box session. This will take me around 3 to 4 hours of measuring twice, cutting once and building the line, spooling it and marking the card or spool with the total mainline length and gauge.
I carry a single back up line without a slip knot to cut to length if I hung up a line. To date, in ten seasons, I’ve only destroyed a single line. I only carry one spool for the single rod I’m using.
I use premium fluorocarbon tippet by Seaguar, GrandMax FX in 7x to protect my Nishin compacts. I use 6 and 5x sizes for everything else.
I use Stonfo tippet rings which I re-use after retiring a line.
Line Building Recipe
Make - Model
Rod Length - Mainline Length
Mainline Components: Nishin Oni Pink Fluorocarbon, Seaguar Jr. Clear Fluorocarbon to tippet ring.
Lilian: Slip with .5” tag terminated with Double Overhand Knot for grip
Mainline to Tip: Double Surgeon
Tip to Tippet Ring: 4 - 5 turn Clinch
All knots locked with UV Knot Sense glue
Nishin Mini V3 270
2.7m length - 3.5m line length
#3 3m - #2.5 50cm clear tip
Nishin Tenkara Mini 360
3.6m length - 4.6m line length
#3.5 3.9m - #3 70cm clear tip
Tenkara USA Hane
3.3m length - 4.3m line length
#4 3.6m - #3 70cm clear tip
Tenryu Furaibo TF39
3.9m length - 5.4m line length
#3.5 4.8m - #3 70cm clear tip
DT Karasu 400
4m length - 6m line length
#3.5 5.3m - #3 70cm clear tip
DT Karasu 360
3.6m length - 5m line length
#3.5 4.3m - #3 70cm clear tip
Gamakatsu Suimu 5
5m length - 7m to 10m line length
Honryu lines are made each trip depending on presentation types. A typical Honryu line is straight clear Seaguar Inviz to tippet ring.