How and when to reuse terminal fishing gear – Wired2Fish

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While preparing this article, I tried to think of terminal hardware that I have trashed in the past and later missed and didn’t have when I needed it. Beads, swivels, split rings, clips and even bobber plugs came to mind. With most of these little pieces, it’s all about intentionality. With beads and swivels for example, when I’ve cut a Carolina rig in the past, I’ve tended to just throw those little bits in with the leader. But within seconds I could have cut the line, dried them and put them back in my box.

Since I rarely use a Carolina rig, I rarely think about my inventory of these small parts and have found myself out of stock several times over the years on the rare occasion that I might have used them. But for the bobber plugs, I thought, “How could I reuse them? Would it even be worth it?

As for the money, probably not. But when you run out of plugs on the water, it can be quite annoying. So I thought maybe I could reuse a bobber stopper using a small sewing needle.

The trick here is to find one with an eye large enough for your line, but not so large that it will tear the rubber stopper. Then simply pass your line through the needle eye a few inches, pull the needle through the bobber stopper, then pull the line all the way through with the needle. Lubricating the needle first will also make the process smoother. Another tip is that when your spinnerbait is no longer useful, you can always salvage split rings, beads, clevises, and swivels by cutting off the blade arm of the spinnerbait and sliding those parts off.

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