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    Default Quick-change connection?

    I'm looking for ideas for a barbel rig, but I've put it here as the Barbel section doesn't get visited much, and it's not exclusive to any one species.

    At a recent talk, Archie Braddock showed his rigs using short hooklengths. Instead of using a swivel and bead to double as a stop for lead/feeder and a connector for the hooklength, he was using sliding float stops to stop/trap the lead/feeder, then attaching 6" hooklengths via a quick-change connection.

    I like the idea for four reasons: you can alter the distance from lead to hook without breaking down or tying a new hooklength on;you can change hooklength in a sec; you can store and carry a bunch of short hooklengths with different size hooks, bait attachments or even with bait already mounted etc more easily, and you can save on expensive braid by using less of it.

    The only problem is, I didn't pay attention to what connector he used. So - what would you suggest, in terms of a swivel with a quick-change end? I don't like bead-type things as you can't bed a knot right down on anything wide, and the swivels I bought - ring one side/hook the other have hooks that are too tightly closed and pinch and flatten nylon, if that's what your hooklength is, as you put it on and take it off.

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    Default Re: Quick-change connection?

    I use a korum one,but guru do a neat small one,incorporating its own cover/shock absorber.

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    I hesitate to recommend anything technical to you Kev but for normal float fishing I tie on a cralusso quick change swivel so I can alter my hook lengths and size and type of hook. I may have misunderstood you but these work well and the weight wouldn't be a factor for you.

    cralusso quick change swivel - Google Search

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    I have started using the Drennan quick snap swivels on still and running water there less twist on the hook length, the rubber sleeve pushes over and covers the hook link attachment

    They are sold in sizes 12, 14, 16 and 18

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    Ditto.. Neat and easy.

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    Thanks all for the suggestions. These are what I had when I was thinking what to use earlier



    The ones one the left are the Guru ones you mentioned Alan? Fair enough. They look a bit lightweight for 10 or 12lb line, ( but that could be an illusion) and I don't need the buffer bead as the lead will be stopped further up with float stops.

    The middle ones would do, but you have to force the line in the hook and flatten it. I did find a few ESP ones in my kit which have a more "open" hook.

    The last option was a simple link, like the one on the right, but then I'd have nothing against line twist.

    The Craluso and Drennan ones look like the answer, and a plus would be that I don't have to mess about finding bits of rubber to cover the hook and stop the loop coming off.

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    Blimey ! You can get them on eBay but the Drennan and Cralusso versions are better quality.

    I'm glad I mentioned them.

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    Default Re: Quick-change connection?

    Quote Originally Posted by nottskev View Post
    Thanks all for the suggestions. These are what I had when I was thinking what to use earlier



    The ones one the left are the Guru ones you mentioned Alan? Fair enough. They look a bit lightweight for 10 or 12lb line, ( but that could be an illusion) and I don't need the buffer bead as the lead will be stopped further up with float stops.

    The middle ones would do, but you have to force the line in the hook and flatten it. I did find a few ESP ones in my kit which have a more "open" hook.

    The last option was a simple link, like the one on the right, but then I'd have nothing against line twist.

    The Craluso and Drennan ones look like the answer, and a plus would be that I don't have to mess about finding bits of rubber to cover the hook and stop the loop coming off.
    Kev,the match boys use the ones on the left with ten pound line for carp,but I use the middle ones for my own barbel fishing,having an anti-tangle tube pushed over the hook to prevent accidental disasters,the reason I didn't suggest this in front of the guru ones is that the tube needs to be on the hook length before you change,so it's not as quick as the guru,I think you might want to buy some an check them,ie stick a hook in a tree stump and pull hard like you would with a barbel,with your confidence sated you could carry on happy with your gear...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nottskev View Post
    he was using sliding float stops to stop/trap the lead/feeder
    I dont want to be a party pooper but if you mean above and below to create a sort of helicopter rig then thats a tether rig. If your mainline breaks above the stops then the fish will be tethered to the feeder/lead.

    I know these float stop short link rigs are quite popular at the moment but sliding stops rarely slide as expected. Any sort of stop up the line is a risk.

    Sorry...

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    Fair point. So it will be either a couple of stops below to keep it free running, or - I'll fiddle about to see - a slim tail rubber pushed onto the stops with the lead link pushed onto the tapered end might give a bit of self-hooking help and be sure to pull through in the event of a break.

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