A few years back I was paddling around in my inflatable raft setting my muskrat line when something went terribly wrong.
I felt the cold sting of fall water and looked down to see my raft filling up thanks to a freshly punctured hole made by the wire I used to attach my sets.
That got me asking my old buddies how they avoid taking an unexpected bath. After a few jokes I won’t repeat here one old time trapper I know gave me the secret to never having to use wire again.
Best Way To Anchor Muskrat Sets
My buddy’s tip not only was easier on all my gear, it’s much easier and quicker to work with once all the pieces are in place. Since using his tip I haven’t dealt with a single tangle when pulling my traps.
Here is how you can get the same attachment setup. Take a two foot long cable that is 3/32″ thick and 7×7 that offers a cinch lock end. Don’t skip on the cinch end, this is where the magic happens.
Getting the cinch lock is easy enough. Simply thread a piece of the cable through a 1/2″ nut and then thread back through that same nut.
Now hammer a cable stop to the end of your cable.
Securing your trap to the cable comes next. Use a double ferrule on the other side of the cable (opposite of the cinch).
Now you just use that loop you just created to attach your trap to your stake. This setup is very secure and holds it’s position better than a traditional wire attachment.
The other great benefit is once you make your rig, it will last you many seasons without needing to be replaced.
Tools And Tips
You probably have most of the tools needed to setup your cable attachment. Use a small anvil, ball peen hammer, linemen’s pliers or a medium metal chisel.
The hammer and anvil will make flattening the cable stops and ferrule a breeze. Cutting the cable is a job for the linemen’s pliers or the chisel. The linemen pliers do offer an easier and cleaner cut but no need to go buy a pair if you already have a chisel.
When you have all of the cable end in the ferrule and stop when connecting your rig. Once lined up, use your hammer and anvil to give it a few hits to keep it firmly in place. If you get this step right your attachment will last you a very long time without snapping.
Traps To Use With A Cable Setup
Depending on the location, I have a number of traps I use for muskrats. If setting up at a den or runaway I will use a good old 110 Conibear. If setting up at a feed bed or house I use a foot trap.
Depending on what I have on hand, I will use a longspring, Stoploss, or a No 1 coilspring.
All of these traps are setup with cable attachments and work great.
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