DaHo Hollow Spectra Threading Needles are hollow inside, except for the point, so monofilament or fluorocarbon line can be inserted into the needle. Then, the needle with the internal mono/fluoro line, is inserted, or threaded, into the hollow center section of the spectra braid. The needle, and attached mono/fluoro line, is typically inserted inside of the spectra from 3 to 5 feet to provide the best strength of the joint.
Remember that the ID sizes of our threading needles can vary up to .002″ due to the tube manufacturing process. It is recommended that you select a needle that is at least .002″ larger than your line for ease of use. It can also be difficult to fit an exact size of line into a needle.
DaHo Loop Splicing Needles are mainly used to insert one piece of spectra line inside another. They can also be useful in ‘opening up’ the inside of the hollow spectra line so larger tools can be more easily used. Instead of being hollow inside, the loop splicing needle has a wire loop attached to its trailing end.
The needle is inserted into the Spectra line being spliced, and the end of the other piece of spectra line is inserted into the needle’s wire loop. As the needle is inserted into the line being spliced, the other piece of line is pulled along with it. When done, the needle is brought out of the line being spliced, and the end of the line attached to the needle wire loop is tightened to complete one side of the splice, or the terminating loop, as the case may be.
Typically, thicker walled tubing is used for these needles, as the focus is not on the needle’s internal open size, but on strength, and the always important overall small size. The primary size of the needle is the OD, or Outside Diameter, and what sizes of spectra lines it would best be used with.
We have two loop splicing needles in our special sizes group. Our X-Large loop needle is designed for use with very large hollow spectra lines not commonly used by most customers. And, our X-Small loop splicing needle is the only .025″ OD in size and is the smallest spectra tool offered by anyone. It is built from a 304 stainless steel tube, as all our products, but because of its size, we have filled it with a solid 304 SS wire. This design gives it the strength of a tube, but it will not crease like a tube if it is ever bent. This needle can be bent and straightened without tube damage. It is the only one that can be used in the new 50# and below, smaller hollow spectra lines.