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    Default What are your go to knots?

    Check out our latest video. We demonstrate a few of the knots we use on a regular basis. Let us know if there are any go to knots we need to try.



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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    Bimini twist - backin to flyline
    Nail knot - backing to flyline, flyline to leader
    Blood knot - leader building, leader to tippet
    Saltwater loop - tippet to streamer, tippet to stinger hook (tube fly)
    Uniknot - tippet to hook
    Improved clinch knot - tippet to hook
    Double turle - tippet to up eye salmon/steelhead hooks

    I believe all anglers should have a repertoire of knots and know how to tie them well. I personally, could not live (fish) without my two favorite knots, the blood and nail. Although it is popular and is arguably a good one, I've never tied or used a surgeons knot and I eschew loops in most cases...

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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    Tippet to lure - strength - Jack's knot -
    swinging - Orvis loop / Rapala

    Leader to tippet - Jacks's line to line -
    Orvis tippet knot
    Perfection loop
    Uni knot

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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    I read a tippet shootout a while back. They not only tested the strength of tippets but also knots tied with them. They had it setup that measured the strength of the pull before it breaks. Here's what surprised me.

    The clinch knot held stronger than the improved clinch.
    The Davy knot that's so popular with some fisherman only held 70% of tippet strength.


    I use the normal knots everybody uses. Nothing fancy.

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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    We recorded the blood knot but I canít tie it without using my mouth. Made for awkward video. We do use it often but I canít seem to figure it out with just my hands.


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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    I like the mono loop for tippet to streamer. All with exception of the perfection loop I already use.

    Denny

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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    Quote Originally Posted by old timer View Post
    I read a tippet shootout a while back. They not only tested the strength of tippets but also knots tied with them. They had it setup that measured the strength of the pull before it breaks. Here's what surprised me.

    The clinch knot held stronger than the improved clinch.
    The Davy knot that's so popular with some fisherman only held 70% of tippet strength.


    I use the normal knots everybody uses. Nothing fancy.
    Tippet Shootout - Yellowstone Angler

    I use a Clinch for a fixed terminal knot. My theory on the Improved Clinch is that it creates an opportunity to not tie the knot to its full potential strength.

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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    I use the Non-Slip Mono as well unless I'm using heavy bite tippets like 40 to 100# fluoro. Then I go to a Figure-8 Tarpon Loop.

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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    Joe...........I thought the same thing. It's harder to pull tight. Maybe some guys don't use enough lube and some pull it tight too fast.

    However, in the shootout i'm sure it was tied with a proper method and still came out weaker.

    I've always stuck to the plain clinch knot and haven't had any problems. However, i'm mostly a dry fly fisherman and don't tie big flies like streamers.

    Is it legal to say However twice in one post?

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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    I have a list of twenty-two knots that I practice regularly. I use each in different situations depending upon the species and presentation intended. Just to be absurd about, I don't use the same knots for spring creek trout that one would use for sailfish. In other words, I can't list a favorite four. The material being used makes a difference, too. I use different knots in gel spun than I do in Dacron, and even different knots in FC than I use on mono or the other materials. Unless you only fish for one or two species, limiting yourself to four knots is a handicap. Also, as Dillon points out, I use different knots depending upon the hookeye (up, down, or straight ring-eye.)

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