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Knots

  1. 1. Mark.H.V.CorpsIFI Angling AdvisorMarine & Countryside Guiding FETAC Level 6
  2. 2. Modern line Most lines are man made from materials including• Nylon• Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF or fluorocarbon)• Polyethylene• Dacron &• Dyneema (UHMWPE)
  3. 3. • Most common is monofilament made of a single strand• Anglers use monofilament because its buoyant & able to stretch under load - stretch can be is a disadvantage because of less direct contact & hook-sets are less powerful than with a non- stretchable line
  4. 4. • Alternatives include copolymers or fluorocarbon, or a combination• Fluorocarbon valued for its refractive index similar to water, so less visible to fish• Fluorocarbon is more dense than monofilament so used to fish baits / flies deeper• Braided lines, cofilament & thermally fused lines, also known as super lines used for small diameter, lack of stretch & great strength relative to monofilament
  5. 5. Knots• Arbor knot - its primary use is to attach line to the arbor of a reel• Surgeons loop or Double Loop - is bulky but good for making quick, strong loops at the end of lines & leaders for connecting to other loops
  6. 6. • Surgeons or water knot - is a good knot for joining lengths of leader material & can be used for attaching a dropper to a leader• Clinch or blood knot - probably the most popular fishing knot used today. When tied properly it is very strong & doesn’t slip. Can be used with varity of lines including mono- filament, fluorocarbon & braided
  7. 7. • Two lengths of nylon to be joined should be overlapped.• Tie an overhand knot & make sure the end of the tippet & the leader itself are pulled through the knot. Repeat procedure for a true Surgeons knot. (If you make two more overhand knots, finished knot is a Double Surgeons knot or 4-turn Water Knot.)• Moisten the knot, pull it tight & trim-off the tag ends
  8. 8. Clinch or blood knot• Pass the line through the eye of the hook• Double back - make 5 turns around the line• Pass line through the first loop, above the eye, then through the large loop• Pass the line through the first loop by the eye of the hook• Draw the knot into shape - slide coils tight against eye

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