Form a loop of the required size in the wire. If attaching
a hook or swivel, thread the wire through the eye.
Hold the loop between the first finger and thumb of the left
hand, or in a pair of pliers. Cross strand A under strand
B. Grip the two strands between the first finger and thumb
of the right hand with the pad of the finger on top of strand
A and pad of the thumb under strand B.
Whilst holding the loop steady with the left hand, rotate
the right wrist clockwise through 90 degrees pressing down
on strand A whilst simultaneously pressing up on strand B.
The two strands will have taken a half wrap around each other.
This is the basic technique to learn. It is important to recognise
that BOTH strands must wrap around each other, rather than
one strand merely being wrapped around the other. This provides
the great strength of the Haywire twist.
Continue to twist, the number of twists depends on the size
of wire and the type of fishing. When using no.8 – no.12
wire (approx 100 lb – 200 lb) I recommend six to eight
twists. When using heavy wire such as no.19 (400 lb approx)
10 – 12 twists is not too many.
To finish the join make four to six tight Barrel wraps around
the main strand. When using heavy wire use eight to ten wraps.
Don't worry if your buddies kid you about being so thorough,
let them lose fish through poor preparation, it won't happen
Don't try to cut the tag end off, it will
always leave a sharp end to cut an unwary wireman, break
it off using the following technique. Make a bend in the
tag end so that the end points away from the main strand
at 90 degrees. Use this bend as a crank handle, like the
starting handle on an old car, to twist the wire right around.
It will break off cleanly, usually before you have made
a full rotation.
Haywire Twist with E/Z Twist
1. Hold pointed end of the E/Z
Twist tight with your left hand and turn hex end clockwise with
right hand to the closed position.
Insert wire through slot in hex end and push wire through tool.
Form loop and insert tag end of wire through opposite side hole
in the pointed end of the E/Z Twist, leaving aprox. 3" of
wire beyond tool.
Hold desired size of loop in left hand and form twists by rotating
E/Z Twist six times clockwise with right hand.
Remove tag end of wire from E/Z Twist by pooling loop. Bend tag
end of wire down 90 degrees and reposition tool as shown.
To form barrel wraps on bottom of twists, hold loop with left
hand and rotate E/Z Twist 3 to 6 full turns clockwise with right
hand. Remove wire from tool by roranting hex end counter clockwise
to the open position.
Bend tag end of wire to form a crank. With fingers, hold tight
at barrel wrap. With crank facing away from you, rotate clockwise
until wire breaks.