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    I use Figure 9s on my guyouts but switched to Tarp Flyzs for the ridgeline.
    I really like the Flyzs on the ridgeline.

    Why Fig 9s? Because I'm a noob and did not know any better and because they were in the store and already attached to cord -- just easier than ordering something at the time -- will probably replace them with a few pre-tied loops on the guylines eventually.
    Last edited by Loki; 07-07-2012 at 20:33.
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    Figure 9's are for covered cord

    The outer layer, the cover, is protective, not for strength. Good example is the inexpensive cord NiteIze includes with some of their Figure 9 kits.

    If the teeth of of the Fig 9 abrade the cover, well that is what is there for.

    Not so, though with the uncovered line that many of use, whether super-heavy dacron kite cord, mason's line, or hollow or kernmantle spectra / dyneema throw line. So abrasion and cuts from the Fig 9 diminish the strength of the line.
    Last edited by DemostiX; 07-07-2012 at 22:56.

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    Thanks to everyone for the tips and explanation. It's been very helpful. Also, for those who may have this same question in the future, I also found a brief video segment about the use of the figure-9 in Shug's #5 tarp video on Youtube.

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    Have tried out the Fig 9's. They work great but was 'scared' to damage the tarp.

    Recently I have switched to two 'prussiked' loops with s biners on a continous ridgeline, like Dejoha writes about in http://theultimatehang.com/2012/05/r...with-hardware/

    I just use step 2a on both sides, more because I already had the loops on from a different config (tying knots at both ends and using the loops for centering etc.) then any particular reason.

    And for the guylines I also recently switched, this time to 'prussiked' loops on the line that I larksheaded onto the tie out point of the tarp. I saw that on a vid here and decided to try it out. So far, the last 4 outings have been super! Sorry forgot whom I got it from but a big THANK YOU.... So no more fig 9's there either....

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    i used to use figure 9's. Then switched to Dutch stingers and tarp fly's there lighter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colonel r View Post
    fig nines on one end and a knot bone on the other. knot bone goes up first, tighten with the fig nine, and then center the tarp (with prussics). the two ends are color coded as I pull out the tarp.

    easy as pie and about 60 seconds in the rain.

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    Do you use the prusik knots on the ridgeline and pull them outwards to pull the tarp taught?
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    I started out with Figure 9's because they were available and looked cool. I still use them occasionally, but only on my tarp ridge line.

    I'm liking Dutch's Tarp Flyz better though; they seem to hold my Lash It/Zing It better, don't get tangled up & they're titanium!

    For my tarp stake-out lines I use Lash It/Zing It and prussik loops; no hardware. I hate my lines getting tangled.

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    I do still use them myself - a couple of my ridgelines have a figure 9 on a prusik and going old school, a dog bone on the other. Works great. Not as light as my tarp flyz and hook but never have had a problem.
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    I made a 30 foot continual Ridgeline for my WB Superfly. At one end I have a loop with a super mini s-biner for and the for tarp attchment I have 2 klemheist knots ( works same way as prusik ) with super mini s-biners at well to adjust tarp up and down line, then a figure 9 caribiner ( need to upgrade to small non caribiner ) to tighten and tie opposit end. Love the set up

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    Quote Originally Posted by fly fisher View Post
    I started out with Figure 9's because they were available and looked cool. I still use them occasionally, but only on my tarp ridge line.

    I'm liking Dutch's Tarp Flyz better though; they seem to hold my Lash It/Zing It better, don't get tangled up & they're titanium!

    For my tarp stake-out lines I use Lash It/Zing It and prussik loops; no hardware. I hate my lines getting tangled.

    fly fisher
    ditto......
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