Setting the hook on a big fish definitely gets the adrenaline pumping; almost instantaneously the fly fisher runs a quick analysis through his mind of tippet strength and the knots tied. The fish has a blistering first run with some vigorous head shaking and all off a sudden the tension in the line is gone…. Reeling the line in he finds the infamous little pig’s tail at the end of his tippet, the knot slipped way under the breaking strength of the tippet – tears can’t explain his emotions.
All the knots in a fly fishing rig make up vital kinks between angler and fish, from the knot connecting backing (when seen this knot creates serious stress) to the knot used to tie on the fly. The best place to practice knots is at home; when a specific knot is not tied often you will forget it. All proven fishing knots test 90% or more of the breaking strength of the line used to tie it i.e. if a knot tests 95% and is tied in 10 pound line the knot will slip at 9.5 pounds if seated properly.
Lubricate – Wet the knot with saliva or water before it is seated, this prevents the line from losing strength due to friction and allows for the knot to be properly seated.
Refers to the main part of the line oppose to the short part used to tie the knot with.
Refers to the short part of the line used to tie the knot
A closed curve of line used in general to join with another closed curve.
- Always lubricate the knot before seating it
- Evenly seat the knot up till a point where the line can not move any further, don’t jerk the knot tight.
- Follow directions with regards the amount of turns used to tie a knot, in general more turns are used in lighter lines and less in heavy lines
- Use a sufficient length of line to tie the knot, a short tag end is difficult to work with.
- Knots in heavier lines can only be seated properly with the use of pliers.
- Trim the tag end short.
- Check knots occasionally during fishing, especially after a fish was landed.