Here is a simple and long lasting way to build sink tips with bulk material and a trick with colored nail knots that allow for easy recongition.
(For this example I used T-14, but this could be easily done with any weight material.)
They are not the same
This method ensures strength and longevity (main complaints against prebuilt braided loops) with making sure there is enough material to effectively “trap” on both ends, nail knots to secure, and the use of UV flex glue to make sure the connections last for season after season and fish after fish.
What you need
T-14 cut to length (or any sink tip material)
40# Berkley Big Game (solar green – yes color matters)
Clear Cure Goo (or any flexible UV cure glue)
Knowing how to tie a nail knot and perfection loop
Pick out you sink tip material. For this example I’m using 10ft of T-14 from Rio.
Cut a 10in section of Hollow braid. Melt one end with a lighter to make a solid point that won’t fray.
Keep feeding the burnt end through the Hollow braid until the the loop is the right size.
Personally I like just big enough to fit the handle of my bodkin (or bic pen)
Cut a section of the 40# mono and make a nail knot on the overlapping material
Then take your 40# Big Game
I use the nail knots to color code my tip weights
2 green (big game) – T-14 tips
1 geen (big game) 1 clear (mono) – T-11 tips
2 clear (mono) – T-8 tips
This makes it super easy to find my tips at a quick glance at any light.
Apply Clear Cure Goo Flex to the knots and up just short of the loop.
It is best to apply the material is small amounts with your bodkin and wipe off any excess.
Last step is to nail knot a section of 40# mono on the butt end of the sink tip material and then tie a perfection loop. So now you have a tip with 2 strong loops on each end that can easily be attached to any line setup with loop-to-loop hand shakes.
notice I left some of butt end of the sink tip material after the nail knot, this will keep the nail knot from stripping the material.