Know More about Fishing Knots

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An average thread of angler needs three to four fishing knots, and that helps him end up doing all his fishing work. But choosing your knots is directly related to the fishing mode you are prone to. But knowledge is always a blessing, and in the same way, a fisherman will help himself and others even more if he knows other fishing knots that may not be as important to his daily work. This will help you learn about some fundamental knots and their tying techniques.

There are several types of fishing knots commonly used by fishermen around the world; however, knots and their tying styles vary from region to region or place to place where conditions such as water arrangement, type of fish, type of fishing line and technique used, etc. There are also differences between beginning anglers and seasoned anglers who have learned to perfect the art of tying fishing knots primarily through experience and the amount of fish they have 'released'! That simply cannot be overlooked in an angler's fishing experience.

Experts advise the use of complex knots like the Bimini Twist, Surgeon's Knot, etc., perhaps assuming that all anglers can easily get the intricacies of knot tying early enough. The easier said than done because a fishing knot is just one feature of the fishing line and tackle assembly as a whole. Joining line to turn, a turn to the plot, and then hooking demands perfection practiced in any type of condition.

Some of the most popular fishing knots are:

  • Tie
  • Uni-Knot
  • Scaffold
  • Hangman's knot
  • Bind off the knot
  • Palomar
  • Blood knot
  • Arch of the surgeon and many others.

The strength of a fishing line can depend on the material used, but the fishing knot is an important aspect to prevent breaks, snags, and twisting of the line, allowing the fish to escape. Therefore, it all depends on the ability of the fisherman to tie a fishing knot in the correct way. Some helpful tips and advice are:

  • Dampen the knot before tying and hooking it; reduces frictional heat and abrasions on the material when squeezed
  • A strong and gentle pull at the end of the line where the knot is to be tied will ensure that it is properly tied; it is better to try it a couple of times with strong jerks
  • Leaving a little more line at the end of the tag before cutting it will ensure that even when the knots slip a bit, they will not come undone completely.
  • Re-tying the knot before each fishing trip and checking the knot frequently, even while fishing, will ensure that the bow is stable; even the strongest knots can weaken with use.

The varieties of knots in activities other than fishing include camping, climbing, sailing, and sea fishing. However, unlike fishing in lakes and other freshwater bodies, sea fishermen can practice saltwater fishing, knowing only the basics of a few knots. In ancient times, fishermen prided themselves on learning how to tie complicated knots, but the reality of modern fishing rigs is that they are made with very few knots. 

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