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Hey all, at about what pound test single strand wire can I get away with just some barrel wraps vs a haywire twist? For example, how bout 124lb? Thanks.

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debatable i'm sure but i'd say no less than .025 dia... wire is so stress sensitive that even if the twist holds it will be weakened at the stress points. IMHO. on the other hand if it's not torsion straightened (Roller or annealed)you may be able to go down to .020 mabe even a little lower, but i've not done that ever so i'm just going on instinct. you going to troll with it or what?

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The 124lb was mostly an example, I plan on getting some standard issue 174 but also want to experiment with some lighter stuff. I've used 88lb for direct jig tying and always use a haywire but am trying to figure out when I can safely go to easier and neater barrel wraps.

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bet those great lakes guys would know better whistle

looked at my wire and it's tooth proof .026 at 140 lb. test. i've used it this small but never smaller because i feel if i need smaller i can use fluoro or something else. 174 is what .030 give or take? i've never had an issue with it at .026 using a barrel wrap. i'm not a real big wire guy or anything so anyone who knows for sure... i'd love to hear it too!! wink

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