05-04-2012, 11:48 AM
Re: Newbie - wind knot in leader
My view is that a wind knot is only a problem if it weakens the leader as a whole. For example a wind knot in the butt section can be undone without it weakening the leader because the tippet will break before the weakened butt section.
So every wind knot should be not be cut out and a new section of leader put in. That is just nuts. You are replacing one wind knot and adding two knots to tie in the new section of leader. Either tighten the knot down and continue using the leader or use a needle to unravel the knot.
A wind knot in the tippet can be replaced but ONLY if the knot you are tying the new tippet on with is STRONGER than the overhand wind knot that is already there. You see what I am saying? Just tying on a new tippet will weaken a knotless tapered leader by adding the knot! My view is that you examine the knot and the tippet for abrasion and replace it if you see a nick. But to replace a tippet section for a single wind knot is "not" necessary and will weaken the leader more than leaving a single overhand wind knot in the tippet.
If you have multiple wind knots, the situation is different. If you are a beginner and tend to get wind knots frequently, I would leave them in and change the tippet out at the end of the day. The only time I would change the tippet out in the middle of the fishing is IF I thought I had a shot a big fish and I would need the slightly stronger tippet without the wind knots in it.
Remember that it is the weakest point in the leader system that will break. Even if you have 10 wind knots in your leader, only the weakest of the knots will break. Adding wind knots that are the same or slightly stronger do not affect the breaking strength of the leader.
Suppose you take a section of tippet material and tie 10 overhand knots it it to simulate 10 wind knots. They are not cumulative. Only one of them is the weakest and all the knot will be very close in breaking strength.
Bottom line - there is really not much of a reason to replace the tippet right away UNLESS:
1.There is a nick or abrasion.
2. There are big fish.
3. You are a fanatic and the wind knot will throw you off your game.
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