Micro fishing tippet connectors allow you to quickly and easily attach a
snelled tanago hook to your main line. No knots or loop to loops are
required. I learned about them from the Micro Fishing Kit because it
uses one. It makes rigging or re-rigging much easier than messing around
trying to tie a knot in a very thin line (even if it is red so you can
The connector has an eye to tie it to your main line. The other end of the connector is essentially a hook with no gape. You slide the snell from the tanago hook into it, wrap it around once and slide it in again. (There is an illustration showing how on the back of the package.)
It doesn't slip. I don't know if it significantly weakens the tippet, but the snelling on the tanago hooks is about 1 or 2 lb test to begin with, so great strength is not its primary attribute.
Please note: the tippet connectors are specifically designed for use with snelled tanago hooks. If you use them to connect regular tippet to a tenkara line, it will not hold. I suspect the material used in the snell of the tanago hooks is softer and not nearly so slick.
If you are using a tanago hook that comes with a short snell that ends in a loop, such as the Gamakatsu Ultimate or Owner Migen, just slide the loop into the "hook" part of the tippet Connector.
If you wish to use regular tippet material on a loose tanago hook that you have snelled yourself, I would suggest tying a small loop in the end of the snell and attaching it as shown in the illustration.
As I have mentioned before, I think one should give the micros a fighting chance. If there is no possibility that anything you might hook could break your line, it takes a bit of the uncertainty and a lot of the heart-in-your-throat adrenaline out of the whole process.
Now you might snicker at the idea of heart-in-the-throat adrenaline while fishing for minnows, but when atenkley hooked an 11 or 12 inch channel cat while fishing for minnows, I will bet you his heart was in his throat! (And yes, he landed it with his 6'6" Soyokaze.)
I've had that same adarenaline rush. I was once fishing in Virginia with a tanago rod, and hooked a 6" brookie. I truly thought it might break the rod. It didn't, and I landed the fish, but there is a very good reason for using very light tippet when fishing fo micros.
The Owner Tippet Connectors provide a very easy way to attach light tippet to your main line.
Owner Microfishing Tippet Connectors - $4.50 (package of 10)
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