Cheers for the replies guys - looking forward to having a go next week
Mark - I was thinking a distel on the pretext that in general I hear it locks better and requires less setting. I have read on here that you can get a VT to self tend by tying it 'scarily' but i think I would buy a LJ or SJ if I wanted that option. Im happy to tail it through for now...
Old snake - I also bought the shorter eye from yale (copious silverstreak) which was destined for my side lanyard but if the OP plays up I can swap for this and tye fishermans on my lanyard
Will post when I have had a go. Got a Euc dismantle next week so that will be its first test.