Not a dance style from the early sixties as you may first think, the Haywire Twist is the way to connect single-strand wire leaders to lures, swivels and hooks.
In fact, as far as I'm aware, it's theonly way to make connections in this type of line, as you clearly can't use any of the conventional knots and bare wire will slide through a crimp however well you compress it.
It's vital that the twist is carried out in two parts as shown here. The first part is a true twist of each part around the other, followed by a wrap of one part around the other.
First, pass about 4 inches (100mm) of wire through the eye of the hook and carefully fold back so that it crosses the standing part.
Next, start twisting the wire evenly so each strand turns around the other. The hook can be swiveled 90 degrees to give some leverage.
Then, after half a dozen twists, bend the tag end upwards so it's perpendicular to the standing part and ....
Finally, add half a dozen turns of 'barrel wraps'. Don't snip off the tag end with pliers or it will leave a sharp spur.
Instead, bend the end to form a small crank handle, and then twist it back and forth until it snaps, and you've done it.
Artwork by Andrew Simpson
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