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Knots and their uses for dummies

post #1 of 13
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After some searching I've found tons of knowledge on various knots and what you guys use them for, but it's really spread out so I was hoping we can get this topic together that would probably duplicate years of posts but it would be consolidated, and it would only take a couple of lines each. Just list a couple of knots and what you use them for, feel free to touch on the rest of the rig if you like.
It would help someone like me a great deal as I'm practicing new knots but sometimes can't figure out how I'll use them.
Some arb info, my wife just learnt how to tie a bimini, I haven't often been prouder
post #2 of 13
1) snell - leader to hook (bait rig) and live eel rig
2) dropper - to create leader to hook (bait rig)
3) clinch - general connection knot to plugs etc.
4) palomar - braid to barrel to leader
5) albright - backing to braid (on spool)
6) loop - for tying direct to jigs (BT's etc.) and sinker connection (bait rig)

just off the top of my head, those are the ones I use most. hope this helps. Also try www.marinews.com click on fishing then on knots and rigs and you'll get a demonstration on tying them.
post #3 of 13
Here is some great info.....
Knots and rigs

There is lots of great information in the "articles" section.... just follow the link from the main page ! IMHO It's probably the most underused resourse on all of SOL.

Alan
post #4 of 13
Quote:
Originally posted by bluefish:
1) snell - leader to hook (bait rig) and live eel rig
2) dropper - to create leader to hook (bait rig)
3) clinch - general connection knot to plugs etc.
4) palomar - braid to barrel to leader
5) albright - backing to braid (on spool)
6) loop - for tying direct to jigs (BT's etc.) and sinker connection (bait rig)
Exactly what I use except I use a uni2uni for braid to mono or braid to braid direct connections.. Although the albright is probably better.. I haven't had the uni2uni fail.. YET..

Palomar, Clinch & Snell are the 3 most commonly tied for me..
post #5 of 13
For connecting a shock leader to the main line, I use a King Sling-to-No Name. Of the six or so knots I use for this application, it has proven BY FAR the strongest, and most reliable.

This connection is not the smallest, but is very easy to tie, and more tolerant than some knots to less than perfect tying technique.

That's cool that the wife can tie a Bimini .

SS
post #6 of 13
Where ever possible when tying to swivles and hooks I use the palomer. When tying off direct to lures and jigs I use the improved clinch knot. Double surgeons knot for a terminal loop. Those 3 knots gets me through almost 95% of my fishing applications, it keeps it simple. Since I use spinning gear I rarely have a need for line to line knots.
post #7 of 13
I think my signature accurately reflects my feelings on this subject.
post #8 of 13
'Keep it simple, strong, and productive.'
post #9 of 13
Bimini twist- in braid before tying an Albright or direct to swivel.

"Dede Knot"- The knot I use to tie all my terminal connections.
post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally posted by bluefish:

[b] 1) snell - leader to hook (bait rig) and live eel rig

2) dropper - to create leader to hook (bait rig)

3) clinch - general connection knot to plugs etc.

4) palomar - braid to barrel to leader

5) albright - backing to braid (on spool)

6) loop - for tying direct to jigs (BT's etc.) and sinker connection (bait rig)



just off the top of my head, those are the ones I use most. hope this helps.
also like the 10x10 knot for braid to leader
post #11 of 13
I use:
1. Palomar-For tying clips and barrel swivels to braided line.
2. Improved clinch knot-For tying clips and swivels to monofilament line, the thinner the line the more wraps (20#=7 wraps, 30#=6 wraps, 40#=5 wraps, 50#=4 wraps, 80#=3 wraps).
3. Alberto knot- For tying mono - to - braided.
4. Surgeons end loop- for attaching sinkers to the end of a rig and a place to hook a clip to the top of a rig(in a pinch).
5. Non-slip loop knot-Attaching jigheads and plugs.
6. dropper loop knot-Attaching teasers, hooks, and sinkers.
7. Simple snell knot- Attaching hooks to a line that I only have access to one end of the line.
8. snell knot-when making rigs from scratch(pass the flourocarbon please)and I have pre-cut my leader and have access to both ends of the line.
I didn't know this many 2 years ago.
When tying my own rigs at home, I tighten and test the knots I tie on a simple cup hook that is screwed into the edge of my workbench, the hook also helps when tying a dropper loop using a half a toothpick to twist, and the hook to "catch" the business end of the loop before wetting it and drawing it tight, also will hold most split rings on barrel swivels while tightening.
Hope this helps.
ps. maybe it's just me, but I find a calmness tying my own rigs and teasers and a genuine satisfaction when I (or others now) hook and catch with them. I can get frustrated when learning a new knot, but if I remember to keep trying, eventually I will get it tied correctly.
Congrats to the Mrs. on the bimini, I haven't even attempted one of those yet.
BobT.
post #12 of 13
if i was limited to one knot it would be the palomar
post #13 of 13
I'm with Big-Jay. Keep it minimal. I use a Bimini Twist at times, but everything else is just palomar, dropper loop or double clinch.


If you can't tie it in the dark, why bother?
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