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Old 09-30-2011, 10:55 AM
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Default Re: Bimini knot

Around 1960 a knot that was apparently developed from the need to improve the knot strength of the linen lines being used for giant tuna fishing was introduced to light tackle fishing, the “Bimini Twist” was essentially a hand-wrapped clinch knot with more turns that gave a double line that enabled greater knot strength for the terminal tackle. This knot also became known as the “20 times-around knot”, it was the first 100% knot that could be tied by one person in a variety of lines. Various knots were used to tie the double line from the Bimini Twist to the leader; many used the “Albright” for this purpose. For special applications other knots were developed, in the late 60’s the “Huffnagle” was used to tie the fly shock tippet as close as possible to the Bimini, this maximized the length of the abrasion resistant tippet. More recently the “Slim Beauty” could be considered the next stage in the development of splicing larger lines to the smaller double lines.

Now there are many new lines on the market that again necessitate further improvements to the knot applications. We have braided lines that are even more slippery than monofilament, the Bimini Twist needed to be modified by increasing the number of turns until you get a knot that doesn’t slip and break. Consequently, new knots need to be developed for splicing the new braids to mono or fluorocarbon.
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