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September 20th, 1999

Knots, Intentional and Unintentional

by JackOhman

From Fear of Fly Fishing
We thank Jack Ohman for use permission.

If you like Jack's fly fishing humor, be sure to look for his new book,
GET THE NET! published by Willow Creek.

If you've go short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly.

The average trout fly is probably no more than a half-inch long. If you have mediocre close vision, it would be a chore just to find the hook eyelet, let alone pass a piece of monofilament the diameter of a hair - a transparent hair - through it. This is why some older guys give it all up for Ford Fenders and Florescent Day-Glo Cheezmallows.

There are some sociopaths who actually tie their own tapered leaders. When you get to this stage, check yourself into a good mental health facility, because you've gone over the edge. To deliberately tie little microscopic pieces of fishing line together is what Van Gogh would have done if he couldn't have painted.

Currently, leaders manufacturers use the "X" system of rating tippet weights. X is a cross, which is a shorthand phrase for cross-eyed, which is what happens when you attempt to tie a fly on a 7X leader. You might as well throw your trout flies out in the middle of the stream for how many strikes you're going to hook with a 7X. ~ Jack Ohman

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