Posts Tagged ‘Knots

25
Oct
15

Knot-Sense…

Animated Knot-How To’s-More Than Fishing

knots collage-SwittersB

09
Nov
14

It’s Knot Hard……..

ANIMATED KNOTS MADE EASY!!!

Blood Knot-Fishing-Knots-Outdoors

15
Sep
12

Tying Your Horse Up

Tying your horse up to a rail or post (c/o TBN Ranch & Amy Elizabeth) Well, I have a lasting fascination with tying knots probably from boy scouts, camping, the military and some boat handling. But, the ranch life holds that same fascination and I, with a broad based farming heritage, know little if anything about that life. Many years ago, I was over out of Dayville, Oregon ‘helping’ (in the way) as cattle were branded in a chute. That week also involved ‘helping’ again as calves were pulled on a ranch out of Prairie City. That week reinforced that this ‘flat lander’ (a term reserved for rubes from the Willamette Valley urban areas) knew zero about the ranch life. The folks over there were very patient and considerate…thank you!

Ranch in Central Oregon (SwittersB)

 

01
Sep
12

Knot: The Perfection Loop & Coils on the Floor!

I just noted, I bought a new fly line, the Rio AquaLux Intermediate Lake line. A couple things to not do first of all (I always share most of my mistakes….I can’t share them all or I’d risk total neglect by my visitors)….when you buy a new fly line, it will almost always be on a two piece plastic spool and inside a box.

Now when you take the spool out of the box there will be a tag end sticking out that may have a sticky label noting it is the butt end of the fly line, which should be joined to the running line on your fly reel. Usually, a nail knot is a good choice on joining running line to the butt end of the fly line.

You will also note there may be one or more twist ties wrapped around the coils of fly line. Ideally, you remove those ties but do not separate the two halves of the plastic spool which the fly line is wrapped neatly around. Attach the butt end of the fly line to the running line with the nail knot. This will require unwinding the new fly line just a bit to give you room.

Now you are ready to wind the new fly line, some 100′ of nicely coiled fly line, onto your reel. You may or may not have help. This would be nice as you wind, someone holds the plastic spool and the fly line gently rolls off the spool as the reel handle is cranked. Use your off reel cranking hand to guide the line back and forth onto the reel so the layers are  nicely spaced.

Now if you don’t have help, DON’T DO WHAT I ACCIDENTALLY DID! DON’T SEPARATE THE TWO HALVES OF THE PLASTIC SPOOL AND ALLOW A HUNDRED OR MORE COILS OF NEW LINE TO TUMBLE TO THE FLOOR ATOP PENNY THE CAT! SHIT!

A good 45 minutes later of the most exasperating unraveling of a new fly line and devilish efforts by the cat and loving intrusions by Emma the Lab and I had the new line onto the reel. I used the damn, two piece plastic spool to house the old intermediate line. I decided to keep it just in case. I wrapped it on the spool tip/leader first so the butt section is last. I grabbed a marker and wrote on the spool ‘old intermediate, ok but ‘coily’, Cortland, 2012′. I put the spool back into the box the new line had just arrived in and stuck it in a drawer in the garage to be re-discovered years later.

Ok, the new line has a loop at the end. I usually nail knot the butt section of a stout leader to the end of the fly line. I have not been a fan of loop to loop connections especially for lake fishing. But, I am going to give it a shot, once again. But, I have noticed that after tying some of my loops the line (leader) tends to slightly angle off at a less than true direction. I offer a few versions of loop knots here (PERFECTION LOOP) and two other over hand knots.  

11
Jun
11

Fly Fishing: Knots Landing

One of the basics of fishing how to’s are knots; the how to tie a certain knot. For the average, beginning fly fisher, fishing freshwater, there are only a few knots to learn. Most beginning books, classes, blogs (to include this one…see search box re “knots”) for fly fishing, have plenty of info on how to tie a cinch/clinch knot, surgeon’s knot, blood knot, nail knot, loop knot. 

The problem I encounter on the water with beginners, is they look past the importance of a maintained uniformly tapered leader/tippet. The proper leader is important in turning over the fly via the cast. It is important in the presentation of a soft delivery to not spook the fish. 

A knot that joins butt section to leader or leader to tippet should not look like a granny knot on steriods. Keep the knots lean and horizontal, not round, irregular and clunky. Knots create drag, so pay attention to this important, basic skill. Understand how to tie/construct/maintain a reasonably tapered leader of around the length of your rod if not more. Strive to maintain that butt section/leader length and only have to touch up the tippet length now and then after break offs or repeated changing of flies.  Presentation of the line, leader, tippet, fly includes a streamlined, properly tied knot. 

27
Sep
09

Fluoro to Hook Eye Knot (The Eugene Bend, and a few others)

I have been using fluoro for several years for stillwater and stream fishing and rarely have a knot come undone. I have used the improved cinch and loop knots with nary a cork screw. But, I keep reading about the failure of fluoro unless certain knots are used. So, in studying the Frog Hair site, they list several knots for flouro, based upon their research. Additional knots. OK, a few more. Remember to wet the knot as you pull it tight.

Eugene Bend Knot

23
Sep
09

knots..knots..knots…(the Straight Pull for the visually challenged)

I get numerous requests for how-to-tie-knots segments…there are quite a few good sites..but here is another one that I found while researching a recommended steelhead knot…the double turle (tippet to fly)..I found the improved turle knot too and a nice link..

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