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Stu Jamieson
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Your favourite knot?

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Post by Stu Jamieson » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:22 am

Inspired by ES-335's thread, I'm wondering what other people's favourite knots are. I imagine that, like me, most of us have a few goto knots that we continually use. So what are they?

Tying on tackle.
I'm traditionally a fan of the half blood (or clinch) knot as it's dead easy to tie and you can tie it without leaving a significant tag end. Problem is, it sometimes slips out so when I have problems I've resorted to the improved clinch knot. But my fumbly fingers have trouble getting the tag end through the second loop so I don't find it ideal (I guess more practice would help!)

The Eugene Bend looks pretty good, though. Easy to tie and it's a slip knot to boot so a 2-for-1 win there. Looking forward to testing that one on the water.

Line to line.
I used to be a uni (or double grinner) knot man but, again, fumble fingers used to struggle turning the tag end through the loop. Then I saw Mel Krieger using surgeon loops and I figured, hey, if it's good enough for the pontiff......so I've been using surgeon loops ever since; they're dead easy and much quicker.

Loops (non-slipping)
Perfection loop or surgeon's loop for me here. Dead easy to tie, both of them.
For big loops I go the bimini twist which, rather strangely, I find easy to tie.

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Post by GerhardGerber » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:17 am

Hi

Bloodknot for line-to-line.

Improved clinch knot for just about everything else.

Once in a blue moon when I change leaders (these days) I just Google how to do the Perfection loop, just can't seem to remember that fucker! :D

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Post by Stu Jamieson » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:52 am

There is an easy way and a mind-bending way to tie the perfection loop. This is the easy way:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_I3281WQoY (forgive the porn music)

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Post by Haggisboy » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:20 am

Lately, I have been enjoying the Davy knot. It is easy and doesn't stretch/flatten the section of tippet next to the knot, and works well with fine diameter tippets.

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Post by Nick » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:44 pm

I have spent a lot of time working on knots. I was not happy with failures of surgeons knots, blood knots and clinch knots. so what I use now are:

line to hook: pitzen (aka. eugene bend, 16-20 knot), or non slip mono loop (aka kreh loop)

line to line: grinner (which is a better way to tie a double uni knot - double uni tied the way it's usually taught doesn't tighten the right way most of the time. I haven't found anything to be stronger than a grinner)

loop in the fat end of a leader: perfection loop

braided line to swivel/hook: double palomar

shock tippet to leader: slim beauty

shock tippet to hook: Homer Rhode loop

I also use snell knots and egg loop knots quite a bit!

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Post by grunde » Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:13 am

Leader to fly (non steering): The Duncan knot/loop http://www.animatedknots.com/duncan/
Leader to fly (steering, dry flies, salmon flies): Georg harveys dry fly knot http://www.netknots.com/fishing_knots/h ... y-fly-knot
Leader to fly (loop, use this allot for streamers and in the salt): The non slip mono loop (Lefty loop): http://www.animatedknots.com/nonslipmono/

Mono to mono (in-leader knots): The blood knot http://www.animatedknots.com/bloodknot/ (usually 5/7 turns, 5 turns for the thick end and 7 turns for the thin end)

Leader to line: Nailknot http://www.animatedknots.com/nailknot/ (I'm more than happy to change to a good loop system, but so fat I've not found a system which is better than the simple nailknot).

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Post by jomeder » Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:03 am

Hi,

About the only knot I use is the Uni knot. My normal nymphing rig involves 7 of them and I have very, very rarely had knots fail, so I'm very happy with it. I used to use the Trilene knot for fluoro but it's so long since I've used fluoro that I've forgotten how. Had to use some the other day and the Uni knot did the job.

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Jo

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Post by Paul Arden » Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:37 am

Some good stuff in here, and I'm going to have a play with some of these. I've really started to like the slim beauty for strength - when I need it. It's my leader to tippet knot - stronger than a Sheepgirl Ring - and also for Tyger Wire. For tying up women I like the Constrictor Knot. Definitely two to learn.

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Post by Stu Jamieson » Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:43 am

Can you link to youtube videos for those, dude? I'd like to try my hand on a few of those.

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Post by Paul Arden » Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:36 pm

This is the Constrictor Knot. Similar to a Clove Hitch but doesn't come loose when you pull it around. It can be tied in the hands and dropped over objects (posts etc) but I don't have an image for this!

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