Monday, October 11, 2010

5 Fishing Knots I Use Often

Years ago when I first started fishing I learned to tie the Improved Cinch Knot. For a long time this was the only knot I knew how to tie and I used it for everything. When I matured as a fisherman and started chasing after more and bigger fish it became necessary to learn some new knots.

Let me start by saying that the knot is the most critical connection between you and the fish. Poorly tied knots can make you lose fish and expensive lures. In most cases the line will break at or near the knot. The best way to prevent this is to tie your knot correctly and check it often for nicks and abrasions , retying as needed. It's a good idea to moisten the knot before you pull it tight to prevent damage to the line. I recommend practicing any new knots you learn before you're on the water.

The type of line you are using is also important when deciding which knots to use. Many knots will not hold when tied with heavy monofilament or any of the braided super lines. I recommend experimenting with different lines and knots until you find what works best for the way you fish.

The first knot I recommend is the Palomar Knot. This is the main knot I use for tying hooks and lures to the main line. I can't say enough about how great this knot is. It's easy to tie and very strong. The Palomar Knot is one of the few knots that works well with both mono and braided line. It's a knot I think every fisherman should know how to tie.

The second knot I recommend is the Albright Knot. This is a great knot for attaching shock leaders to the main line and for joining lines of different diameters. It works great for joining braid to heavy mono. There are several variations of this knot around including the Improved Albright and the Reverse Albright. I use this knot for shock leaders and for short leaders when using lures for Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel.

The third knot I recommend is the Dropper Loop. This knot is useful for making your own bottom fishing rigs. You can also use it to tie Sabiki type rigs for catching bait. While it may seem a little bit hard to tie when you first learn it , this knot is certainly worth the trouble. There is an easier way to tie it that I'll discuss here on the blog soon.

The fourth knot I recommend is the Surgeon's Loop. It can also be used to tie bottom fishing rigs. This knot is good for attaching leaders or hooks to the main line by using a Handshake Loop connection. I mainly use this knot for attaching swivels and sinkers to my bottom fishing rigs.

The last knot I recommend is the Uni Knot. This is a useful and easy to tie knot. There are many variations of this knot out there that allow you to use it for several different purposes. It can be used for attaching terminal tackle , lures and also for joining line to leaders. This is one of the easier knots to tie in my opinion.

No matter what knots you decide to use , it's always important to test the strength of the knot before you cast. A few good tugs on the line are usually enough to determine if the knot will hold. Some of the more complicated knots will slip if not tied correctly , so it's always better to check them than to risk losing a fish.

Have a great week!

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