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Rigging Needles
Complementing our excellent hollow braided lines we also offer a range of tools and ancillary products necessary to maximize the products unique benefits. For 2015 Toro Tamer introduced a new line of rigging needles of our own design. Currently we offer three kits as well as individual needle sales. We offer a 16, 9 and 7 needle kits. Our needles are available in nine sizes of threading needle, 20/30/40/50/60/80/100/130/150 and 200#. We produce three sizes of latch needles and three sizes of loop needles. Our needle kits are offered in a light to medium pack, 20/30/40/50/ and 60# size threading needles, a small latch and small loop needle. The Medium/Heavy kit includes 80/100/130/150 and 200# threading needles, medium and large loop and latch needles. The complete kit includes all 16 needles and carries a suggested retail price of $120, the Medium/Heavy kit sell at $70 and the Light/Medium kit run $60. Toro Tamer brings the cost of inline rigging down to earth. And, with the ease of use of our braided lines, now all anglers can enjoy the benefits of knotless connections - true 100% connection strength with no knots, no casting interference as your line effortlessly flows through the rod's guides.

Image above shows our latch needle, we have made our latch to be a bit more secure opening and closing - requiring a bit more effort - to open. This improvement will reduce the tendency for the latch to open easily in use while inserting through braid, when making a loop for example. If the latch opens too easily then the needle can easily get stuck in the braid resulting in needle failure or much more time spent correcting the problem and starting all over again...if you can remove the needle from the braid. (This can prove difficult and require cutting line).


Light Line Needle Point
130# size Needle Point

Other Manufacturers Point
 

The image to the left shows ToroTamer's improved needle point. the two images right are of another manufacturer's needle points. ToroTamer needles have a bit more pronounced point which makes it easier to begin insertion into hollow braid and the point is more highly polished so it slips through the line more easily. The only drawback to this is that with some harder to work with lines such as a 12 strand there can be a modest increase in the needle slipping through the strands. This is a minimal risk, and easy to correct if encountered. The benefit of our design far outweighs any potential negative in our estimation.

Our needle's unique design was the result of much time spent using other manufacturers products over the years. There were a few things we felt that could be improved upon in the design of these essential accessories.

One consideration for those selecting threading needles, manufacturers of fluorocarbon and monofilament lines do not have a standard diameter for any given line test. So, in the case of threading needles, an 80 lb. needle may not accommodate all 80 lb. test lines, it might be too snug a fit for some lines and too large for others. There can be variance of diameter between manufacturers and even between batches of lines of the same test. It's best to own a few needles, since leader diameters are not consistent or standardized. Going back to that 80# leader, best to have 60/80 and 100# needles in your kit even if that's the only test you'll be working with. That's one reason why our kits are priced aggressively, we encourage folks to have several needles for use with their lines. Even if an angler only wishes to work with one particular test for inline rigging, it's best to have two or more threading needles just to accommodate different diameters of lines.

A second point to make for folks getting into inline rigging, making wind-ons or even assist hooks, while a loop needle can do many things but it's best used for simply opening up braid which may be hard to work with for a certain size leader or needle diameter. For most all needs, whether doing a splice, making a loop or connecting solid to hollow lines, the latch needle is the preferred tool. The only thing to remember about working with a latch needle is to only go in ONE direction. If you try to reverse or pull the needle backwards the latch will protrude through your braid and get stuck! Once stuck you will need to cut the braid and then extract the needle. If you try to force things you won't get far and you'll probably break your needle. The hook on the latch works just like the barb on a hook. So, keep moving the latch needle forward, never back up.

Model
(nominal line test -
manufacturers vary
in diameter)
Tube Length Inside Diameter
("/mm)
Outside Diameter
("/mm)
20# Threading 5.6" .017"/0.430mm .025"/.635mm
30# Threading 5.6" .020"/0.510mm .028"/.710mm
40# Threading 5.6" .023"/0.580mm .032"/.81mm
50# Threading 5.6" .026"/0.67mm .036"/.90mm
60# Threading 5.7" .032"/0.81mm .042"/1.06mm
80# Threading 5.8" .038"/0.96mm .049"/1.25mm
100# Threading 5.9" .042"/1.06mm .050"/1.27mm
130# Threading 6.0" .047"/1.19mm .058"/1.48mm
150# Threading 6.1 .053"/1.35mm .065"/1.65mm
200# Threading 6.2 .059"/1.50mm .072/1.83mm

 


We also distribute three very nice needle kits manufactured by Daho. We have a light line kit as well as a medium to heavy line needle kit, and have recently produced a three piece kit for the Ultra Thin lines which were introduced at ICAST 2013. The Ultra Light kit includes a 20 and 30# hollow needle and one extra small loop needle and retail at $50. Both the medium/light and heavy line kits feature five hollow needles for insertion of several popular line sizes, a reverse latch needle which is used for making wind-on leaders and a loop needle which is commonly used to "open up" hollow lines or for inserting solid line into a hollow line (the reverse latch is probably the better option in this regard. The Light/Medium and Medium/Heavy line kits retail for $90.

We offer a unique Spectra/Braid adhesive product, with excellent penetration properties as well as very good performance in water. Unique to our one part glue, which requires no mixing or activator, we retain some flexibility and it does well in a wet & salty environment!

Lastly, we also offer an excellent "braid" cutter tool to cleanly slice braided lines - a necessity when working with hollow rigging.

Over the years several connection styles have been used for braided line to leader connection. Above are a few of the more popular knots as well as three direct in-line connections. The advantages of an in-line connection are obvious: thinner diameter, no bump through your rod's guides and less "hanging-up" as the line flows off the reel, less chance of the line getting stuck on the spool by an overwrap on a cast, and MOST IMPORTANTLY a proper inline connection in which your leader has been inserted into the braid a few feet will result in a 100% test strength connection - that's something that no knot can achieve.


Wind-On Fix'ns
We offer 25 meter spools of 16 strand spliceable braid for making your wind-ons, and 100 meter spools of 4 strand serving braid in 20 and 30 lb test - both great for serving connections and for your nail knots. Additionally we offer a 30 and 40 lb 8 strand hollow for use in serving. The 8 strand is thinner in diameter, makes a bit more compact serve with more wraps. For most applications the 4 strand is adequate, but the 8 strand will produce tighter wraps with more of them per inch - a bit less bulky on the serve.

Serving and Nail Knot Spools 16 Strand 25 Meter Colored Wind-On Spools

At ICAST 2014 we'll be introducing colored versions of our 60/80/100/130# test lines in 25 meter lengths, so you have a choice of white, blue, red, yellow and green. The colored hollow core makes life easy in terms of distinguishing your wind-ons, color coding different leader tests.  Similarly, the 4 strand serving braid is offered in 100 meter spools, four colors on the spool, changing color every 10 meters. I use the colored serving line to distinguish tests, red for 40, green for 50, yellow for 60, white for 80, blue for 100 lb... Same program for my nail knots. The different colors help me stay on top of things, easy to tell match up tests when replacing a leader. One note, coloring braid is not an easy process. Our coloring process is quite good in terms of the coloring not fading, which is common. The natural color for braid is white. When working with the colored line expect some of that color to transfer to your fingers initially, especially with the red line. Compared to other colored lines on the market I think you'll find ours holds up better over time with less fading, but initially you will get a bit of color transfer.

(Preface to Wind-Ons - these things are not a mystery, they are not difficult to learn to make, they are great to use in many fishing applications, and you can make 'em yourself rather than pay to have them built or use pre-made ones of lesser quality. Wind-Ons are easy to make, require just a few specific tools, and it's a pretty neat thing to do when you're not fishing...along the lines of fly fishermen tying their own flies. We have several videos posted showing how to make these. While CharkBait makes Wind-Ons and sells them, we encourage our clients to make 'em themselves - and we try to help you do so. Commercially made wind-on's have had some reliability issues in the past (remembering that Seaguar's attempt met with failure...). Custom production can be much better, but you can make these yourself, reliably and more economically.)

 


New for 2022 WIND-ON LEADERS

We're now supplying factory produced wind-on leaders for 60/80/100/130/200 lb test line. These are made with Fluorocarbon leader which is inserted into the 16 strand hollowcore braid 1 meter, dual wall, then terminates in a loop for easy rigging.  The connection is glued and served.

 

ITEM leader material Diameter Length of leader Length of hollow core connector
wind on leader fluorocarbon 0.7130mm 700cm 1m
wind on leader fluorocarbon 0.830mm 700cm 1m
wind on leader fluorocarbon 0.976mm 700cm 1m
wind on leader fluorocarbon 1.003mm 700cm 1m
wind on leader fluorocarbon 1.33mm 700cm 1m

 

 

 

Toro Tamer, LLC
16442 Gothard St. #B
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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