Knots are inherently tied to fishing. In a single session, you may need to tie a dozen or more of them. Since knot failure is the most likely culprit behind the one that got away, proper tying is critical to a successful catch.
The wrong kind of knot can actively sabotage your efforts. A “granny knot”, for instance, will halve the breaking strain of your line! You want to use a knot that spreads and absorbs the strain on your line, and avoids single strands crossing over one another at acute angles. You also want a knot that changes appearance as little as possible – though even the best-tied knots will have some movement under stress.
It’s also a good idea to test the knot before you put it to use. This can be done at home, and is as easy as tying the knot and pulling on it. Even if you tug it until it breaks, it helps you get a good understanding of a knot’s strength. It’s also great practice for tying!
Given the number of different knots in a fisherman’s arsenal – each useful in their own way – it’s important to know which one to tie when. But how can you keep track of them all? And how do you remember the steps to tying them?
Luckily, our friends at the Fix blog have put together a handy guide to fishing knots. The illustrated article shows you how to tie six different knots, and contains some neat tips and tricks that anglers of all skill levels can appreciate.
Source: Fix.com Blog