Traces for Conger, Ling and Ray are often made up from heavy duty commercial grade monofilament between 200 and 400lb breaking strain.

If you "roll your own" which truthfully is the only way that you are going to get traces which can be totally relied upon, then using the right crimps for the line diameter, the right crimping pliers and the double overhand knot will make a trace which will land a hundred pound conger eel.

The double overhand knot is simplicity itself to tie. Take the hook and pass the line through the eye of the hook, double the line through to form an overhand knot, then tuck the line through the eye of the hook again to make a double over hand knot.

Snug the knot up until it is of a size which will allow the hook to swing freely, pass the tag end of line though the crimp and snug it down close to the knot. Then crimp using the right size cut-outs in the pliers so that the knot is firmly fixed.

Follow the same procedure at the other end of the trace to fasten the swivel and your trace is made.

Hang the traces up to avoid the monofilament turning itself into a plastic clockspring, sharpen the hooks a day or two before your trip and you will be ready to play with the big boys!!

Questions to: russ@reelfoto.demon.co.uk