Ryan Moody catching big marlin off the GBR

How to splice dacron

Learning to splice dacron is a skill most regularly used by big game anglers but it can also be used to make a safety lanyard and never lose your sunglasses again.

I don’t know how many times I’ve seen sunglasses and other objects disappear into the depths after falling over the side.

Sure you can buy ready made ones at the servo, but they are either bulky and hurt your ears, or the little rubber ends stretch and fall off.

In my marlin fishing days, not only did we splice dacron for rigging, but we also used it to make lanyards for our sunglasses as the same technique can be used for both.

Learning to splice dacron is required for big game fishing.

Back in the day I used to splice dacron for big game fishing (yes that’s me on the left). Now I mostly use it to make lanyards.


Splice dacron to make your sunglasses lanyard and never lose your sunnies again

Splice dacron to make your sunglasses lanyard and never lose your sunnies again!


For this demo I’m using tonic sunglasses as they have ready made holes and are my sunglasses of choice at the moment. They are so light and great for seeing bait in the water in the shallows.

If you’re not sure how to catch bait, check out my how to throw a cast net video. It has over a million views now and shows you how to throw off the wrist and avoid getting covered in mud.

But I digress…

Now I realise not everyone goes marlin fishing and thus may not have a roll of 130lb dacron lying around.

But you can purchase small rolls of 80lb dacron used as fly fishing backing for around $15 from specialist tackle shops like Fishing Warehouse in Townsville.

Tools to splice dacron

To splice dacron you’ll need to make yourself a tool from single strand stainless wire.

If you are going to use 130lb dacron I suggest 80lb wire, although if you’re using 80lb dacron, you’ll need to come down to 50lb wire or thereabouts.

The step by step technique to splice dacron including how to make the splicing tool is outlined in the video below.



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Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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    Reply Reply October 5, 2018

    I enjoyed your clip on splicing decor and learnt something I can use do you have a clip on splicing rope I would love to be able to do this correctly my efforts are crude but do work

    Regards Noel Steel

    • Karen Rudkin

      Reply Reply October 21, 2018

      Not as yet Noel but we will add it to the list of ones to make. Thanks for the suggestion.

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