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    Paul Williams Guest

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    Great tip about marking the barb with tippex, i must confess to having to hold the hook up to the light nowadays to spot the barb!!
    My traces are made much the same but i use a twidling stick, also many years ago Terry Eustace told me to heat the section of wire that was to be twisted, it did make the wire Terry sold then twist easier and i never had a problem, however i can't get that wire anymore (can't even remember what it was, i had an unmarked bulk spool) what are your views on applying heat to the wire??

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    Paul Williams Guest

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    I know, i know,....ive put this on the carp bit!!! Sorry Budgie but it's so easily done, and i can't even tell the **** lads to ignore it and go back and put it right!!

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    BUDGIE BURGESS Guest

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    Oooh errr I feel like a small school boy creeping into the girls changing rooms!But I dont suppose I will get one!Yes heard about this warming up before twisting lark.As you said it must depend on the type of wire used.Never had too do it my self.

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    Philip Inzani Guest

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    Yes I like the tippex idea as well.
    I thought the idea of heating the wire with a flame was with multistrand wire to stop the strands separating? I must admit that I have not had to do it but that could be due to the wire I have been using. I used to use crimps but now I twist and I am alot happier with that.

    One point you guys might want to comment on, it with regard to a sliding top treble. I have seen this suggested in the past to make it easier/quicker to position the hooks in different size baits but I am not entirly happy with the idea of it. Have you had any experience of it ?

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    BUDGIE BURGESS Guest

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    I was going to bring that up in the article but forgot Paul! I personally never use a sliding treble as I would much prefer to "custom" build my traces to the exact requirements.I believe that using a sliding/adjustable treble just ends up weakening the wire. Also in all fairness I do not use a great varriation in bait sizes.Several sizes of trace and different size of hooks cover all of my needs.

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    Paul Williams Guest

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    I find that some wires twist far easier and neater if heated, i have even twisted wonder wire after heating, but i have to admit i am not as confident with it as my old wire, i am worried in case i reduce it's durability.
    I too played about with sliding trebles and gave them up, all they do is curl and kink the wire, if you use say mainly trout lives then to a certain extent you can standardise your traces, but for mixed lives (Chub to Bream) i prefer to have a selection of varying sizes.

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    Paul Williams Guest

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    PS, Hey fellas, the carp forum has never had it so good!!

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    Martin Quadling Guest

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    Morning all,i have serious reservations about heating trace wire for any reason because of the changes made to its physical properties ie the hardness/temper put into the material by the manufacturer,by changing these the tensile strength/malleability will be compromised and therefore its ability to perform the alloted task(that sounds bloody pompous for a first post doesnt it?.)

    Quaddie

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    Paul Williams Guest

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    Morning Quaddie, welcome to FM, you just caught me on the way out but had to reply, I had exactly the same reservations as you about heating wire, that was over 20yrs ago, i have never had a trace go because it had been heated (neither have friends) BUT that was on a particular brand so we obviously became confident in doing it with that make, now that i can't get that brand i again had reservations, after messing about with others i still have no problems.
    I have tried the old fence post test and all that happens is that the twists tighten on the first pull, after that the hooks usually straighten or snap.
    It does help make neat easier traces with some wires but i accept other wires may not need it.

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    Martin Quadling Guest

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    Thank you for that paul,with Budgies instructions and your assurances i think i will be tempted to spin some traces up for pull tests on the tense-ometer(yes that is the correct name)at work.

    Quaddie

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