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Use The Right Knots If You Want To Keep The Fish From Swimming Away

May 16, 2008
So many people who tell stories about really big fish that got away at the last moment would not be told if the person telling the story had just a basic knowledge of tying knots. Yes it's true that if you are eager to get started with fishing and you just can't stand the pressure the knot may have been worse than it would normally be. Most times, however, it has nothing to do with the fact that you just had to get your line in as quick as possible, but everything with not having a basic understanding of fishing line knots. You should be able to make these knots blindfolded, if you can do that then time will never be an issue anymore.

The first know your should learn is the arbor knot, this one attaches your fly line to the reel arbor. Put the line around the spool and then use an overhand knot around the line, to make it more secure, past the first knot, put in another overhand knot.

Then wet the line, lightly, pull the second know while you hold the spool in your hand, with the other hand you pull the line tight. Don't worry, the first knot is there so the line will not skip through knot number two, now the reel can be loaded. You needed to wet the line for lubrication and that way your knot will be tighter.

Bent eyes? Different knots

Another knot that you should know when you like to go fly fishing is the turtle knot, this is used to attach flies to your line. The end of the line is put through the eye of your fly, make two or more wraps around the standing line, pass the lead end through the loop you now have created, this in turn forms an overhand knot. Pull this and pass the fly through the loop that is remaining, make sure it is tight and get rid of the excess line. When you use this knot you will notice that the fly moves in a much more realistic way on the water.

One of the tips you have to keep on mind when you start tying knots is that you need to wet the line, use some saliva or water from the lake or river. When the line is wet it will become easier to pull the line tight and also, once the line dries the knot will be stronger.

Sometimes a thin line could break when you pull the knot too tight. Always test the line before you start fishing by pulling the line just behind the knot and try to give as much pressure as the fish would put on the line.

In the end it all comes down on knowing how to tie the knot. If you don't want to become one of those people telling others about big fish they just missed, start practicing those knots. If you know your knots then you'll be the person with the pictures to proof your catches.
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Fishing is not for everyone. But when the fishing bug bites you it's hard to stop. Marcel Bernard was bitten by the fishing bug and wants to share his adventures with you so he can tell you all about bass fishing in cold weather and maybe show you a bass fishing instructional video
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