DaHo Loop Splicing Needles
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. Below is a picture showing the detail of the DaHo Loop Splicing Needle ends
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.
Reverse Latch Splicing Needles
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 detail:
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 fibers.
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.