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Served Connection Guide
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Served Connection
Served Connection Advantages and Applications
Livelier Bait Action
Your bait only has to carry around 25 feet or so of fluorocarbon instead of being weighed down by 10's of 100's of yards of monofilament.

Better Sensitivity
Since braid has almost no stretch, you can stay in contact with you bait much better.

No Knots
Serving allows you to retain 100% of the breaking strength of your line, since there are no knots used in the connection.

Cleaner Connection
The serve moves seamlessly through your guides. You do not have to deal with a more bulky connection getting caught and resulting in the loss of an entire topshot and the fish to which it was attached.

Saves Time
Instead of stripping off 100's of yards of mono and then winding 100's of yards back on, just cut off the topshot, connect the new one and with a couple cranks on your reel your ready to fish. The time you spend making the topshots at home in turn saves you time that you would spend rigging on the water. MORE TIME FISHING.

Self Sufficiency
You can easily change line out as the conditions change and as you see fit. You can easily change out a topshot after a good bite and be ready to get in no time as opposed to have to deal with bulk spools of mono and depending on someone else to help you spool up.
Served Connection Guide
Shcok Leader Topshot Line

Hollow Braid Line
Shock Leader Topshot Line and Hollow Braid Main Line
Splicing Needles Splicing Needles
Nail File Nail File
Topshot Clamps Topshot Clamps
Razor Blade Razor Knife or Blade
Bowstring Server Bowstring Server
Bowstring Server Spool Bowstring Server Spool with Solid Braid Line
Loop Puller Tool Loop Puller (made from 27# single strand wire with a Jinkai "K" crimp)
Wooden Dowel Wooden Dowel (groove cut by pipe cleaner)
Spectra Adhesive Spectra Adhesive
Step 1 - Preparing The Fluorocarbon
Step 1 - Preparing the fluorocarbon Cut the desired length of fluorocarbon for your topshot. Industry standard is 25 feet, but can be changed varying on conditions and your own fishing technique.

Once cut, secure one end of the fluorocarbon around something sturdy and stretch. This will cause the fluorocarbon to lay flat and minimize the stretch that will occur inside the hollow braid when fighting a fish. YES, FLUOROCARBON DOES STRETCH!

For line sizes 50 pounds and below, cut the splicing end at an angle with a razor blade. The precise slanted cut allows for easier workability and eliminates the possibility of cutting the hollow braid from the inside-out when fighting a fish under tension.

For line sizes 60 pounds and above it is necessary to file the splicing end into the shape of a bullet. There is such great tension when fighting fish under these pressures that there can be no angle at all and must be smoothed round by the file.
Step 2 - Method 1 - Inserting The Fluorocarbon Into The Braid
Step 2 - Method 1 - Inserting The Fluorocarbon Into The Braid Insert the cut/filed fluorocarbon end into the appropriately sized hollow splicing needle and start to work it through the hollow braid.
Step 2 - Method 1 - Inserting The Fluorocarbon Into The Braid Thread the needle 5 feet into braid and push the needle through the wall of the braid. Pull any fluorocarbon back inside the braid that may have come out when removing the needle. THIS DOES NOT DAMAGE THE BRAID!
Step 2 - Method 2 - Inserting The Fluorocarbon Into The Braid
Step 2 - Method 2 - Inserting The Fluorocarbon Into The Braid Insert splicing needle 5 feet into the hollow braid in order to open it up. Push the opened up braid off the end of the splicing needle so it stays open. Do not press or apply tension to the opened up hollow braid as it will collapse again.
Step 2 - Method 2 - Inserting The Fluorocarbon Into The Braid Push the needle through the wall of the braid remembering that this does not cause it damage.
Step 2 - Method 2 - Inserting The Fluorocarbon Into The Braid The fluorocarbon will now easily move through the entire length of hollow braid that was just opened.
Step 3 - Serving
Step 3 - Serving Before serving, make sure you are using the correct solid braid with which to serve. (18# solid braid to serve with fluorocarbon 60 # and below and 50# solid braid to serve with fluorocarbon 80 # and above)

Secure the splice you just made in the topshot clamps and have the transition point (where the fluorocarbon exits the hollow braid) in the middle. Make sure the line is secured under tension as effective serving cannot be done if the line is loose in the clamps.

Step 3 - Serving

About 2.5 inches from the fluoro/hollow transition point wrap the solid braid one time around the hollow braid going toward the side of the clamp. Make sure to leave a tag end of about 8 inches which will come into play later.

Step 3 - Serving Then, in the opposite direction, wrap towards the fluoro/hollow transition point 8 times, wrapping over the first wrap and the loose tag end line. Once finished the bowstring server will be able to hang by itself.

Step 3 - Serving Move the 8 inch tag end toward the side so you are not wrapping on top of it anymore. Take up the loose line on the server so that it is touching the braid.

Adjust the tension on your bowstring server. Tension is correct when the coils self align next to each other and the bowstring server is touching the hollow braid at all times

Step 3 - Serving Now the main part of the serve begins. To get the spinning started, rotate the main line in a circular motion with one hand while flipping the bowstring server around the main line with the other. Eventually the bowstring server will start to spin freely without handling. Move this freed hand onto the main line to aid in the spinning. As the server spins, it feeds off the solid braid that self aligns. There is a lot of direction here, but the process is actually quite simple and improvement happens very quickly.

Step 3 - Serving Keep the bowstring server spinning all the way down to the fluoro/hollow transition point. The key to a good serve is to keep the bowstring server spinning at a constant speed the whole way through. Try not to slow down unless you find yourself needing to re-adjust the tension on your server. Wraps should only be on the hollow braid, not on the fluorocarbon alone. If you wrap onto the fluorocarbon just backpedal on the server so the serve ends exactly at the fluoro/hollow transition point.

Step 3 - Serving Now letting the bowstring server hang freely at the end of the serve, take the 8 inch tag end from the beginning and wrap it around a wooden dowel. Tighten using the dowel and cut. Do not pull too hard, just until those first 8 wraps turn clear.

Step 3 - Serving Trim the tag end with a razor blade as close to the serve as possible. Be careful not to knick the coils.

Step 3 - Serving

Step 3 - Serving

Now going back to the bowstring server, turn it around and spin over the first wrap that was just made ending at where the serve initially started. Use the same method that you did on the first wrap.

Wrap all the way back to the beginning (covering the entire serve) and then lay down a loop puller. Wrap over the top of the loop puller 8 times.

Step 3 - Serving Pinch the 8 coils you just made and then pull about 8 to 10 inches of line off the bowstring server and cut it. Make sure the 8 coils are secured or they will unravel.

Take the tag end of the loose solid braid and put it through the loop puller and proceed to pull the loop puller under the 8 coils. Make sure that only about 1 inch of line goes through the loop puller or there will be resistance when pulling under the coils.

Step 3 - Serving Tighten these 8 coils with a wood dowel just as you did before.

Follow the directions for the spectra adhesive of your choice, but only apply it to the ends of the serve. Do not cover the whole serve in adhesive.

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