Social Athletes of all persuasions are often presented with a series of scenarios within the Hydroderby arena that can make or break your race for the 2011 Pittwater perpetual pail. Losing fish in the context of the fierce social athlete fuelled competition, will have you a long way down the leader board. The Hydroderby since the dawn of time has been a weekend warrior competition, placed fairly in the knowledge that pretty much everyone last went fishing, last Hydroderby. So here are a few plagiarised tips and tricks relating to fishing knots that you can practice on with the network cable coming out of your computer, or your ipod earbuds…
The average angler needs perhaps no more than three or four basic knots, but these knots relate directly to his mode of fishing. The game fisherman need have little interest in the knots used by the trout fisherman, who, in turn, uses knots that are not necessarily suitable for the bream fisherman. I suggest that you select only those few knots that are of the greatest use to you, and practise, practise, practise tying them until they become second nature to you. It is most important that you use knots that can be tied in an easily remembered manner.
Half Blood Knot
The Half Blood Knot is one of the simplest knots, however, it should be used with caution as it can slip. Although the Half Blood Knot can be tied in a wide variety of line thickness it is best used on fine lines tying small eyelets. Such circumstances uncounted when freshwater fly fishing, lake or estuary fishing. The ideal number of wraps varies with line diameter, more for fine, down to 3 wraps for heavier line. When tying this knot be sure to leave a reasonable tag length to allow for any slippage. There are a number of versions of this knot, all created simply because of this knots unreliability to hold under pressure. The consideration of using these other versions of the blood knot family, is in my mind a wise consideration.
Sometimes incorrectly call the Clinch Half Blood knot.
Applications for Fishing
Line Classes: Light to Heavy
Line types: Monofilaments, fly line, cordage.
Retained Breaking Strength: 70% to 75%
Application: Joining lines to terminal tackle. Caution it can slip.
The Palomar Knot
Uses: The Palomar Knot is a simple knot for attaching a line to a hook, or a fly to a leader or tippet. It is regarded as one of the strongest and most reliable fishing knots.
Tying it: After the loop is passed through the eye, an overhand knot is tied with the loop. The loop is then passed over the hook and the knot is tightened down.
Advantages: It is recommended for use with braided lines. With a little practice the Palomar is a knot which can be tied in the dark. This knot can be done when completely blind drunk.
Alternative: This animation shows the loop wrapped against the shaft of the hook. However, most authorities recommend that this loop be pulled off the hook and down against the rest of the knot. The effect is that this leaves the hook free to rotate in the knot.
Disadvantages: When tying this knot, the fly or hook has to pass through the loop which can be awkward and necessitates making the loop large enough.
The Bimini Twist – (sounds like a drink)
The Bimini Twist is a simple technique to forming a loop, or two strands, of line and when it is properly tied, the knot has a 100% breaking strength. The most unique feature of the Bimini Twist knot is its shock-absorbing qualities. The elasticity of the twists forming the knot, and the double strands resulting from the knot, provide built-in shock absorption or impact resistance from sudden, jolting strikes or powerful runs from certain fish species. This is the Big game fishers knot of choice!
Advantages to using a Bimini Twist knot:
1. Absorbing some of the shock associated with sudden and violent strikes, coupled with the reaction and forces associated with setting a hook.
2. Cushioning the forces of strain exerted on a line during a long, high-speed run from a powerful fish.
3. Added shock absorption and a more secure, reliable connection of a double line fastened to a heavy monofilament leader, a shock trace or wire.
4. Provides a loop for quick leader interchanges of a fly, lure or leader without tying a knot.
Practical uses of the Bimini Twist knot:
1. Protecting one or both ends of a tippet or the main part of a fishing line from the forces of stress and strain in hooking, fighting and landing a large, powerful fish.
2. The quick attachment of a fly or lure without tying a knot for added impact and abrasion resistance.
3. Added strength of a double-strand loop, formed by a Chermanski Loop, for joining to a snap swivel or mono loop at the end of a leader or the main part of a fishing line. (The steps for tying a Chermanski Loop are detailed in Flyfishing Knots & Leader Systems.)
4. Using the loop formed by the Bimini Twist knot for connecting different types of fly line backing materials or monofilament lines together.
5. Securing the loop formed by the Bimini Twist knot in fly line backing to a loop attached at the back end of a fly line.