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Tying the perfect knot

Tips to Tying Better Knots a.k.a Tying the perfect knot

Knot tying – is tying the perfect knot at all possible?

On May the first I participated in the Oxbow Estates May Day competition. After the event during the various post-mortems I listened to, one common theme became apparent, the number of fish lost due to snapping off at the knot. I decided that sharing these tips might be worthwhile , most of you will know this already but it might be a timely reminder about Tying the perfect knot. The most basic element of fly fishing is your connection to what it is you intend to get the fish taking so that you can hook, fight and net it. Your knot is the most important element in the process. A weak knot greatly reduces your chance of catching and landing that trophy fish so make sure you’re Tying the perfect knot. So it’s important to not only know the fundamentals of good knot tying, but also a series of good knots that serve specific purposes and secure your fly to your line in a manner that can withstand the abuse of not only the fish but the surrounding environment whether they be rocks, wood or thick grass. Five things will help you with Tying the perfect knot: Tie linearly Moisten your line Pull slowly to tighten line Check pull strength on main line Keep your wraps in order Knots are generally slip knots or jam knots, both of which feature a series of twists or wraps and a tag end generally passed through a loop or opening and pulled tight. Pulling these wraps together requires not crossing them over one another. Crossed lines are what will cause most of your knot wear, tear and to eventually break. Wetter is better It’s fairly straight forward, but things that are lubricated slide easier than things that are dry and will make sure you are Tying the perfect knot. Slow down To avoid friction and wraps crossing, work the wraps down the line, slowly until they are lined up neatly next to each other. Then slowly apply pressure and cinch the knot by pulling on the tag end and mainline simultaneously until the knot feels snug. Most avid anglers can tie a good knot in a matter of seconds, but you should always slow down on the tightening or cinching step to make sure your knot is neat and properly secured to the eye of the hook so that you’re Tying the perfect knot. Pull on it to test the strength Once you have the knot tied down, grab your fly in one hand the and the mainline in the other hand and give it a pull to make sure it’s solid and ready for action, be careful to not pull the material loose on your fly while doing this, rather hold the fly by the shank of the hook. Don’t loose fish because you’re not Tying the perfect knot


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