Do you love big bluegill?
I went on you tube looking at different knots, and found one called the 100% knot. I sometimes have trouble seeing my 2 and 4 lb. test when I tie a improved clinch knot, and thought I would try something easier on my eyes. I lost two fish today because of knot failure. I finally just squinted hard, and went back to the improved clinch knot. Has anyone else on here tried this knot?
Man, I'd be in deep doodoo if I tied flies in the bedroom and lost a hook in the carpet :p
Hi I have, picked a hook up on my stocking and i bet you know what was next, hey honey come here quick, ouch@@@@@@@!!!!!!!! can you help me get the hook out of my stocking that is in my foot, luck it was not in deep.Sleepy
Glad everything came out OK. Funny how them little hooks came get away from us and us not knowing it.
Unfortunately for me, I have no other location to tie in this crazy 3000sqft home, since the it's all occupied by either wife's or kids'. Garage looks like a packed cavern, so, the remaining free, but shared, space for doing anything is the office desk in our bedroom. Hm..may need to convert the dog house's space into an exterior fly tying location, since the dogs sleep in the house anyway.
Mark, I know what you mean by the "OUCH@@@@@@@!!!!!!!!" after she found the hooks, as she either sat on them, or get impaled as she scuttled through my fly tying when I didn't get a chance to clean up yet. I don't get pinched. I get slugged with a multiple combos of jabs and upper hooks to the rib cage. Yep. Wife knows martial combat skill..love it, and hate it.
Leo sounds like me, only my wife is not so agressive at me tying there thanks for the reply Sleepy
I use a trilene knot rated at 99% and never had a fish come off unless I didnt land it properly, and snags 9 times out of 10 had to cut the line because I couldnt break it off without cutting it.
Minimal creasing is critical Jason. As long as the the knot holds up to the strength of line is rated for, we're golden. That's why I like to use Snell or Nail knot. Minimal creasing, and will only break at or beyond line's rate. Davy knot will be my go to knot now..quick and dirty will be improved clinch or knotless knot. Too many knots..
Ive never heard of creasing Leo, can you explain. thx!
If you have a magnifying glass Jason, trying to tie your knots, and look very carefully for the kinks and creases. If you have a standard microscope, look at 100x on the surface of the strand. The kinks are created by folding/looping, and the creases are created by the friction and pulling force during tightening of the knot.
Most people don't understand that most of the line failures is not the knot that tightened down onto the eye itself, but the kinks and creases that weakened the integrity of the line during the knot tying, just above the hook, or around the eye of the hook. Wetting the line will minimize the damage to the line during tying. However, the kinks turned into creasing during the tightening process as you stress the line during the pull/tug on both ends. This is why the search for the 100% knot strength-to-test-pound is always ongoing.
Very interesting Leo, ill have to keep that in mind. Id be surprised if the 100% knot comes to reality, because in a fishing library book it stated that the trilene knot was rated up to 99% I think with your average 10# line. I will definitley keep my eyes and ears open for a 100% knot though, its got me curious now. thx again!
Good knot, Jason. Of all the terminal knots I've tried, the Trilene may be the best. And since the Improved Clinch knot is already a life-long habit for me, it is a simple leap to tie the Trilene knot. I use it like any other tool; in the the right time and place.
The best feature of the Trilene knot is that it attaches the line to the hooks' eye with TWO wraps of line. This is what gives it it's excellent strength. The only other common knot (that I'm aware of) which also does that is the Palomar - but you must first pass the doubled line through the eye to tie one of those. On small hooks with tiny eyes - the kind often used when bluegill fishing - that could be a problem. Regardless, both the Trilene and the Palomar offer 90-93% of the lines total strength. That's darned good. Like I said before, a 100% knot is a dream....
Now, admittedly, I'm not a "knot geek." The urgent need to try yet another one is lost on me. I have two app's for my smart phone that detail several dozen knots... most of which I ignore. Half a dozen trusty knots are all I can remember, anyway. Basically, I'd rather be fishing than referring to a knot-tying guide.
There is always some special situation, of course; a unique knot may be useful here or there. For that I have the guides. The rest of the time, keeping it simple should be the goal. Gimme the Trilene for when things are serious.