Good, now, winter is coming and you can do this indoors
at home, where it's warm.
- Are you at least just a little sharper then most of
the other guys who fly fish?
- Would you consider that you are however, mostly, just
an average guy?
- Do you use tippet material and know how to tie it on?
- When you connect a tippet to your leader are you sure
you are using the best knot?
- Which is the 'best' one? Surgeons, barrel, blood,
- Are the 'blood' knot and the 'barrel' the same knot?
- Is the clinch knot also called the blood knot?
- Is a half blood knot called a clinch?
- Is an 'improved clinch knot' also called a 'locked blood knot'?
- Are you getting confused now?*
- Are you still reading this?
Take a long piece of whatever you use for tippet; that's not
long enough, make it about four or five feet, don't scrimp
here. Make a big loop, (the arbor knot will work here) in
each end. Make a few turns of the loop around a smooth dowel,
(I used a Sharpie pen for this.) Now tie some knots in the
tippet, one of each would be fun. Do a good job here, wet
them and pull gently and firmly until they are well seated.
(You will be glad you did.)
If you have a scale, (I used a chatillion) form a few loops
around it and slowly pull. If not, make the loops around
another Sharpie, or dowel. I found it interesting as to which
knot broke first, and in my situation, what the scale read
when it did. I have no intention of letting you know what my
results were. The only ones that will count are your results,
which knots you use and how well you tie them.
You can take this even further by trying different knots when
joining different materials, like mono to fluoro, mono to
mono, fluoro to fluoro, etc.
Will all of this make a big difference? Could be. Have fun.
*I have no idea of what the answers are either, any can be
easily used to start a bar fight.
~ James Castwell