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DaHo Hollow Spectra Product Offerings
splicing needles and ordering:
Reverse Latch Needles
Ordering DaHo Products
Video Demonstration for Hollow
Max from our shop shows how to make a Spectra loop
using Daho needles, and use of the Sato crimping method for Spectra
to mono or fluorocarbon leader. Best resolution on a computer will be from
the Windows format, but the Iphone compatible MP4 file will prove a fast load on
your Ipod or Iphone. Click the link below to view the vid.
Spectra Rigging - Making a Loop Connection
- Windows Media WMV-
Spectra Rigging - Sato Crimp System
- Windows Media WMV-
In the past,
most of the hollow spectra needle tools were offered in large
sets, or kits, that covered a very large range of line sizes. To a
few people that had the need to work with many different sizes of
lines, this was a great deal. But to most folks, this meant that
they had to buy an expensive set of needle tools, most of which,
they would never need or use.
Recently, due to customer demand, some competitors have offered
smaller kits, but these again only reduced down the problem a
little as they still required the customer to purchase tools that
they probably wouldn't use.
DaHo Products saw this problem as an opportunity, and made it
their mission to resolve it once and for all. We sell every needle
we make individually. So, if you only need one needle, that is all
you have to buy. We also offer a variety of sets for those folks
that need a specific set of needle tools. Our sets range from a
single threading and single loop splicing needle set for those
folks that only use one type of line set. We also have a set that
adds Reverse Latch needle, which is the ultimate set of hollow
spectra tools for folks that only use one set of line sizes. We
also offer a variety of larger sets that offer various sorts of
our needle products as the customer want them. We also offer full
sets for those folks that need them.
In addition, the quality and ease of use of our needles far
surpass the competition's products. The whole purpose and mission
of hollow spectra needle products is to go inside the tight center
of the spectra braid. Our needles are smaller in size than the
competition and our points are designed to enter the tight core of
the line with minimal trauma. Remember the points...
All DaHo needle products
are guaranteed to be free from manufacturing defects for one year
from the date of purchase. If you have any problem with the
product, email us and we will have you return the product to our
office. DaHo will replace any defective product, and return it to
you, via First Class Mail, at no charge.
DaHo Threading Needles
The new DaHo
Threading Needles are shown above. As you can see, they have been
sized by their length so if a customer has more than one of them,
they can stand them on their open end and find the one they want
by its length, compared to all the other threating needles. Our
smallest threading needle, the 50# size, has a length of 5.6".
Each larger threading needle is .1" longer than the last, with our
largest 200# size being 6.2" in length. During our year of
gathering requested features for our new needles, having some way
to identify the threading needles was one that was requested many
times. Due to their size and materials, the length was the only
way to address this request.
The DaHo Hollow Spectra Threading Needles are hollow inside,
except for the point, so additional material, typically
monofilament or fluorocarbon line, can be inserted into the
needle. Then, the needle with the internal mono line, is
inserted, or threaded, into the hollow center section of the
spectra braid. The needle, and attached mono line, is typically
inserted inside of the spectra from 3 to 5 feet to provide the
best strength of the join. Because of the slick surface of the
mono line, the end point of the spectra must be finished to secure
it to the mono line. This finishing is usually done by gluing,
serving, crimping, or some combination of these attachments,
to the spectra line end. This ensures the join will not slip
before the compression pressure occurs to in the hollow spectra
line to hold the joined lines together.
The primary size of
the threading needle is the ID, or Internal Diameter, indicating
the approximate size of monofilament line that it will hold
inside. The needle size you need is determined by the size of the
monofilament line you are using. Typically, these sizes can be
found on the spool the line was purchased on, or by visiting the
line manufacturer’s website. You will usually want to get a needle
that will fit the line you are using, and provide and additional
.002" of 'free' space to ease the insertion of your line. If the
monofilament line is too large for the needle, you will have to
cut it down, which is not much fun to do… The needles will hold
smaller sizes of monofilament line, to a point, without issue. We
offer most typically used sizes in our standard product offerings.
They are named for the typical size of mono that they will hold,
but you really need to select your needles by the actual size of
your mono line.
In Threading needles, we typically use thinner walled tubing to
manufacture the needle. This is so the overall size of the needle
will remain as small as possible, while offering the largest
interior size to hold the monofilament line. Thinner is definitely
better in this case, and our needles are the thinnest available…
Below is a close-up of our 7 threading needle points, showing how
they will look when their open ends are placed on a flat surface.
* 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 be difficult to fit an exact size of line into a needle. We
have created an Excel spreadsheet that has pages for both mono and
fluoro lines. The correct size of threading needle for each size
and type of line we could find size data for on the web is listed.
Please click here
to view or download the spreadsheet.
If you have a problem with your line not fitting into one of our
needles, please send us an email and we will analyze and resolve
Loop Splicing Needles
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.
Below is a picture showing the detail of the DaHo Loop Splicing
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.
Our newest, and smallest, 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.
We make three different sizes of DaHo Loop Splicing Needles. They
are listed in the table below:
Reverse Latch Splicing
Our newest line of needle products are
our DaHo Reverse Latch Splicing Needles. The design for these
products came from Jerry Brown, a pioneer in the development of
hollow spectra fishing lines. We appreciate his design as this
product brings some unique features and ease of use
characteristics that we try to provide in all our products. Below
is a picture showing the ends of the new DaHo Reverse Latch Needle
In the past, one of the first tools
available to work with hollow spectra lines were latch needles
that originally came from fabric knitting machines. They are still
used today, but our Reverse Latch needle is the only tool
available that uses the latch mechanism as it was designed to be
used - to be pulled through the line, keeping the latch mechanism
closed by the line's internal pressure. Without our 'reverse' use
of the latch mechanism, the old knitting machine latch needles
have to be pushed into the hollow spectra lines causing to latch
to open, and usually resulting in significant damage the line's
Many of the loop creation and splicing techniques require that a
line be released by the tool, while it is threaded up another
line. Normal loop splicing needles will not work in these
situations as they cannot release a line from the loop. In those
types of operations, our DaHo Reverse Latch Splicing Needles allow
the latch to open, releasing the held line, when needed. Also,
since they are now attached to our standard 6" needles, so you can
now make longer loops and splices without the limitations of the
old latch needles. With our Reverse Latch needle, the latch is
always the trailing end of the tool.
We are now offering three sizes of the Reverse Latch Splicing
needle. The following table shows the details of the DaHo Reverse
Latch Splicing Needles:
Spectra Rigging Needle Sets
Need to make up some leaders
stock several manufacturer's leader packs which are often used for
smaller projects like making wind-ons "stepping" between lines. 25 meter
or 25 yard packs are a convenient package size, and good option. Of
course we also stock the larger spools of hollow core braid. At present
our favorite is the new Toro Tamer Spliceable Hollow Core PE 16 Strand.
Note, 25 meters equals over 27 yards.
For folks making up
wind-on leaders, or other splicing techniques, Cortland offers
their hollow spectra in convenient and economical 100 foot
spools. Their Master Braid is an 12 carrier Spectra, while the
C16 is 16 strands of state of the art Spectra. The C16 is very
easy to work with, and it's excellent stuff! I'd recommend it's
use over the 12 strand product.
CHARKBAIT SPECTRA ADHESIVE!
Here's another GREAT exclusive. In the past
ALL products used as an adhesive for mono/spectra connections have
been two part formulas costing about $25. Two bottles, EXTENDED
drying time, hassles... We learned of another product that
was a one part formula, NO ACTIVATORS REQUIRED. (It
pays to know the right people.)
The new product is FAST DRYING. The CharkBait Adhesive is also
thin, for better penetration through the line. Further, the new
product allows some flex without cracking and flaking-off and it's
designed to work in a marine environment. This is
a major long term benefit. In all ways:
IT'S BETTER, EASIER TO WORK WITH, AND IT'S A
This is not your basic "super-glue," it's a
unique new product that will work in water and retain some
flexibility when used as directed - and that's exactly what you
want for securing PE braided lines. For best long term storage
please keep in the refrigerator or freezer.