What is the most important thing you use when fishing? Is there one thing that controls whether you catch fish or not? The bait you use varies all the time, so that is not the single most important thing. If your hooks are dull, it may keep you from landing a fish, but millions of fish have been caught on dull hooks. If your rod breaks, you can still land the fish sometimes. The same goes for the reel. A good one helps but you can land fish with a broken one. If your line breaks, you lose the fish. For that reason, it is the single most important piece of equipment you use. Tournament bass fishermen who depend on landing fish for their income pay careful attention to their line. Many of them put on new line every day since landing one fish may make thousands of dollars difference in their check at the end of the tournament. You can improve your chances of landing that fish of a lifetime if you use quality line and change it regularly. All of the major manufacturers make good line, try them all, pick your favorite and stick with it. When the line gets old, it gets weak. Keep up with the date you put it on your reel, and change it before it gets too weak to hold a trophy you hook. If the line starts to hold a curl after you cast, change it. It will fish better, and if it is curling it needs changing. There is a line for almost any fishing condition you face and you usually need several. For bass fishing, you need a thin, clear line for fishing clear lakes. If you go upriver to stained water in that same lake and flip a jig in blowdowns, you need a heavy, tough line and it can be more visible. For crankbaits and spinnerbaits, one of the newer lines with little stretch might be your best bet. Walleye fishermen are going to choose a very different line from muskie fishermen. For stripers, a line with some stretch might be better than a less forgiving line. Trout fishermen need invisible, light leaders but catfish don't care if you use a line that looks like a neon arrow pointing to the bait. No matter what line you choose, pick a good knot, learn to tie it correctly and tie it carefully every time. I started using the improved clinch knot about 30 years ago and still use it today. I have never lost a fish because it failed. The Palomar is a popular knot that works well, especially with the new braided lines. You might need a drop of super glue on them. Many lines have knot tying instructions that work best with it in the pack. That might be the one to use. have said many times that my fishing line had never failed me. One reason is I learned to tie a good knot years ago and I make sure I tie it right every time. My knots have never failed me since learning to tie them right, either. To see the effect of a bad knot, try to break 20# test line. Then tie an overhand knot in the middle of it and try to break it again. It will be less than 10# test. The line cuts itself when the loops work against each other. A bad knot actually cuts itself in two! The first good knot I learned to tie was the improved clinch knot. I learned it from the information in a pack of Stren line. I loop it 7 times and wet the line before pulling it tight. This knot holds in every line I use. I have tied it so much, I can tie it in the dark by feel, an important trick during night tournaments! Tests have proven that wetting the knot before pulling it tight does not help. I do it every time anyway. Those same tests show it is important to pull a knot tight and I think wetting it helps. It may just be in my mind, but it works for me! A Parlamor knot and several others are also good. I have tried them but, since I have confidence in my improved clinch knot, I always go back to it. Some of the new "super" lines need special knots. They may be so slick they need a drop of glue to keep them from slipping. Follow the instructions that come with the line. The average angler needs perhaps no more than three or four basic knots, but these knots relate directly to his mode of fishing. The game fisherman need have little interest in the knots used by the trout fisherman, who, in turn, uses knots that are not necessarily suitable for the bream fisherman. Each knot dealt with in this book has its own definite and prescribed purpose. When properly tied, or formed, then worked or drawn up into shape, the knot can make all the difference between boating a big fish, or losing it. I suggest that you select only those few knots that are of the greatest use to you, and practise, practise, practise tying them until they become second nature to you. It is most important that you use knots that can be tied in an easily remembered manner. There is little point using a knot that can only be tied by reference to a book - even this one. You'll be astonished how a few hours practice with a knot will make for perfection. There is one small hitch encountered by many first time knot-tiers. Their expert instructors seem to assume that their fellow fishermen are familiar with the Surgeon's Knot, the Bimini Twist and the like. But long before I moved into the field of knot-tying, I was content to join a line-to-swivel, swivel-to-trace and trace-to-hook via a Simple Loop Knot, where the loop is made only perhaps 25mm long - just long enough to pass over the hook and swivel. [/url]The Loop Knot can be tied readily in the dark, and equally readily attached to swivel and hook. If fishing for flathead, you may have more confidence in your gear if the loop to the hook is made about 12.5cm long, thus taking the fish on a doubled trace. As experience is gained, you may wish to move on from the Loop Knot to knots that lie closer to hook and swivel. One of these is the Half Blood Knot, which is more correctly half of the Barrel Knot. THIS KNOT WILL SLIP. It has cost me more fish than I want to remember. If you must use it, then you have two choices: a) Stop the end of the line with a simple Overhand Knot, and draw it against the turns of the knot. b) or make the Half Blood Knot into a Clinch Knot.
I use a knot similar to the Clinch knot in your illustration,only difference,in the first step you pass the line through the eye of the hook twice instead of just once.I find it better on thinner line. I call it the Paulpro Knot,been using it forever. Finally got a vid up "How to Tie: The Paulpro Knot" https://youtu.be/F4Ua0wufTD8
Knot Wars, gr8 watching;) youtube is fine just so long as it doesn't lead to another forum. Please paste your video in the section marked " VIDEO EMBED. Thanks
thank you worked hard fiding and adding them here gld you found a use for them and hope you catch a big one .
I found this great site for fishing knots here. I had to look up some new knot tying techniques after I lost a couple lures to my old fisherman's knot. The knots just came indone. It was a real bummer. That site also sells fisherman knot cards that you can carry around with you. Great for old farts like me who can't remember how they go.
TYING KNOTS IS IMPORTANT BUT THE FISHERMAN IS MORE IMPORTANT..... Knowing what kind knots to tie, where to fish, what tackle to use, when to fish and what to fish.....
I would use a swivel as it would prevent one's line from twisting. Loop knots like a double surgeon works well for flies like a popper as it provides better action.
I have a question.....is it better to use a swivel or use a loop knot when using artificial bait?
One of the best Knot articles I've ever read.
Hi there guest and welcome to the BFT. Thanks also for your post. So that we may address you properly why don't you take a minute and register. Just click on the link at the bottom of my post. Theres no charge and we won't sell your address. 11,000+ members can't be wrong. Hurry back now you hear.
Thanks for the advice Guest, but the polimer knot has yet to fail me. On mono or braid.
I don't know why anglers are not using a new Aussie product called Hooksafe. Forget the name. This is a serious sucker for covering and holding a barb or tri hook lure when tying onto lines. A line will always break on the knott. The Hooksafe allows a pole to be rigged up and when it hooks onto the pole for transit there is no line tension on the knott. Forget tying on the beach or in the boat. I rig up at home with a good light and a beer. I get all the poles ready and I load them into the truck. When I get to the boat in the morning all the poles are ready to fish. I even have time to teach the boy at home and I get even more time to fish. Wake Up America. See www.hooksafe.com.au
that website is great
Thanks Fishhound for the link. I learned a lot of those knots in the Boy Scouts except the trucker's hitch. Wasn't old enough to drive. LOL.
Here's a cool knot site that has animated knots. As well as fishing knots, They have other ones also. http://www.animatedknots.com/...goImage=LogoGrog.jpg
99.9% of the time I use the Palomar on the bait (hooks and lures) and the blood bight for line-to-leader - I've had maybe one of a thousand pull out - the line breaks before the knot pulls out. When bottom fishing, I sometimes use a 3-way swivel with a half blood bight at each loop in the 3-way. They're easy and strong! Thanks again for the knot post!
to knot or not to knot...argh too many flavored beverages i use the trilene knot and the knot to join to lines a lot. I top shot all my reels and change line about every 2 weeks...HATE equipment failure! i really want to start doing the Palomar tho, because of all the hype. cyas rc
The BFT store has seveal posters on knots. Everything from simple fishermans knot, many other freshwater knots, saltwater knots and even knots for the flyfisherman.
Hey there daymere - now if we could only get all these knots printed on a quick reference card to place in one's tackle box. Most of us probably have a few favorite knots that we use all the time. However, at times there maybe another knot that would do a better job. Unfortunately the older we get the more we forget.
Bringing it back to the top for easy reference. (Hey Mr. Mod. Could you put a sticky on this one??)
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