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One thing that can make you lose a lot of fish is having poorly tied knots. As a fly fisher, the last thing you want to see is that big trophy fish swim away with your fly and maybe the tippet and leader. A well-tied needle knot is one of the important things you must get right so as to catch the ideal fish.
Tying the needle knot When you are not using a loop-loop connection, the needle knot connects the leader and the line. There are so many instructions on tying a needle knot. Look out for the following instructions when tying a needle knot: 1. Get slightly wide needle, one that is a bit wider than the leader's butt. Push this needle incrementally into the fly line's middle. 2. Push the needle outside the fly line. Hold for some seconds remove it after another few seconds. This way. you'll have stretched the hole. 3. On the hole you just created, feed the leader's small end so that your needle will exit out through the fly line's end. 4. Gently pull the leader through and leave approximately 7-9 inches of the leader on the outer side of the hole. You'll use to tie a knot. 5. Get a small needle and lay it. Wrap the leader about 5 times around the needle, the line and itself 6. Use the needle's eye to insert the leader's end in an opposing direction to the straps. You should then remove all slack off the lines. 7. Finally, make a very tight pull and cut the excess material.
How to tell you tied a good needle knot? You can easily tell a properly tied needle knot using its ability to remain firm when you are battling with fish. It will not get loose in the process. To ensure that you achieve this, there are a few things that you must keep in mind when tying the needle knot: - Lubrication- after you have tied your needle knot, you will need to make it tight. But before you can do so, you should ensure that the line is properly lubricated. You can moisten it by applying saliva or water. Failure to lubricate can create friction and heat when tightening thus weakening your monofilament. - Hold- its best to tighten using a slow but firm pull. Once you are done, test it by pulling the leader and the line quite hard. This will help you confirm that your knot will hold even before you try to land a fish with it. - Trimming- there will obviously be excess material after tying your needle knot. You can use nippers to trim the excess material. Trim the material as close to the knot as possible but be very keen not damage your knot by trimming too close.
Conclusion You can be sure to achieve results if your knot is properly tied. Follow the above procedure to make the best knot. Besides, the article already informs you how you can tell that you made a good knot.
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