Tying Secure Knots

I always wet my knots when I’m tying them like I was taught but they still seem to slip – what else can I do to keep this from happening?

Knots are a critical part of the effectiveness of any fisherman.  Though it is fairly common to lubricatea knot using silicone, spittle, or water aides, it can also allow the knot the chance to slip and fail (even when great care is taken when closing the knot).  This failure can often result in a lost fish.  However, there are several ways to help prevent knot failure.  One of the best ways to do this is through the use of knot glue.  Using super glue, or one of the commercial knot glues especially designed for fishermen, can help strengthen your knots and make them more durable.  Other things to consider is whether your line is a stiff (or "hard") monofilament or a limp line.  Lab tests show that there are very few knots tied with monofilament stronger than 15-pound-test that can be pulled to maximum tightness with bare hands.  As a result, one way to help with this problem is to use gloves or some kind of device that will pull the knot tight.  Another important thing to keep in mind is that the type of knot that you tie will also be a factor in your ability to tighten it.  The most complicated knots are not always the most effective.  In addition, one important thing you can do is practice tying the knots at home.  You want to be able to do them without looking at instructions.  In addition, through using super glue or lubrication or just making sure they are tight, you want to be certain that the knot will hold at home before trying it in the ocean. 

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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