This is a strong and quick way to attach fishing wire to lures, hooks and swivels.
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Hi! I am Bob McNally from Salt Water Sportsman magazine. You know with salt water we use wire for an awful lot of kinds of fishing. And single-stranded wire are very, very popular for a lot of the inshore and near-shore type fish, for Spanish mackerel, king fish, bluefish. And one of the most popular type or popular wrap that we are using single-stranded wires is a haywire twist. It's very simple to make, very quick to make but it has to be wrapped exactly the right way or it'll fail when under stress. Here's how to go about making it.
The haywire twist encompasses two different types of wraps. First, the red wire goes through the hook eye and you begin making kind of an x type wrap, four, five, six wraps, very loose. Now you bend the wire at a 90° angle to the standing part and make a series of barrel wraps, tight, very close, barrel wraps. You want the wire as closed as it can be. You want to wrap to the next, probably half a dozen times around the standing part of the wire which goes up towards the wheel.
If you've made just those loose wraps in the initial part of the haywire twist, or if you've just made barrel wraps, the wire would pull out, and it wouldn't hold. But the two different types of wraps, together would make it very, very secure.
Back to the end of six wraps, you don't want to cut this. If you cut that there, there will be a little tag in there and it's very sharp, and if you're landing a fish, it can cut you.
The best way is to make a little handle, a little wire handle like so, and just twist it off until it breaks. And here is your finished haywire twist for trolling or casting for a bluefish, Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, even water with heavier wire.