Wire traces are a personal thing, from the wire you use to whether you crimp or twizzle, and making them is all part of the fun.
There’s a new name that might change that, though. The new range of LYNX traces uses new technology to produce a unit that retains 100 per cent of the wire’s original breaking strain. This is achieved through a process called Precision Compression Technology (PCT) that compresses a metal tube onto the wire at the required locations – at the hook or swivel.
This isn’t crimping, which can compromise the breaking strain of the wire. PCT has controlled tolerances that see each trace produced with the same 100 per cent breaking strain result – something I well believe after seeing them tested myself.
Out on the bank then I had no qualms about using a LYNX trace. The 19-strand wire and chemically sharpened hooks they’re constructed from are both high quality. I fished both single-hook and twin-treble traces, catching on the twin with 30lb wire with no worries at all. My fishing partner caught on a single-hook trace, and was also impresed.
My only concern is that even with the 100 per cent line strength through the trace, you still have to connect that trace to the main line via a knot still giving you a weak spot. Having said that, though, speaking to LYNX it seems the company has mooted that a connection kit to solve that problem is in the pipeline, so watch this space.