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Last weekend I sent a bubble float with a nice fly into outer space. The little pigtail on the end of my line let me know that my knot had failed. I am a novice and I want to make knot tying my number one priority. I don't want to lose any more baits, or worse, a nice fish due to my knot tying abilities.

I generally only know how to tie a clinch knot or an improved clinch knot. I usually don't have an issue with my knots coming undone, but losing a couple baits recently has "inspired" me to take a closer look at what I am doing. I think most fisherman have heard of wetting their line before they tighten the knot in order to reduce friction on the line. I read an informative article which stated that due to the more advanced fishing line technology that friction is no longer an issue and therefore does not need to be wet. It also states that wetting your line can form a "liar knot" that allows the line cross over where it shouldn't creating a weak point.

Any opinions/advice? Wet or dry line? Favorite knots? Sad stories about losing your favorite baits?
 

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I have used the improved clinch forever, I always wet the line.

Pay more attention and test pull before use.
 

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I have used the improved clinch forever, I always wet the line.

Pay more attention and test pull before use.
I definitely test my knot before casting. I usually pull hard enough to bend my rod pretty far. If I lose them, its usually on the 10th cast or so. Maybe I need to check on it every so often?
 

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I definitely test my knot before casting. I usually pull hard enough to bend my rod pretty far. If I lose them, its usually on the 10th cast or so. Maybe I need to check on it every so often?
Why is your rod bending if you are testing knot strength? Doesn't seem to do much good there. Grab the line with your hand and tighten the knot.
 

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Take your time tying the knot well. Make sure it is laying right, use your fingers to make it lay right. Cinch it down and use your fingers to make sure it's nice and tight after you cinched it and give it another cinch. Knot tying will speed up and you can do it fast as heck after time but take your time at first to make sure your knots are "pretty" . A pretty knot is a good knot.
 

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And I do wet mine. I have noticed knots breaking when I cinch them if I don't wet the line. Being lazy doesn't pay.
 

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what pound test is your line and what make?
Berkley Trilene 10lb, although I just bought some new line. Not sure what it was though. Still learning what's gonna work. I have a Pflueger Supreme that can hold anything from 8lb to 12lb test (SUPSP40X).
 

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Why is your rod bending if you are testing knot strength? Doesn't seem to do much good there. Grab the line with your hand and tighten the knot.
I squeeze the line against the rod to keep it from moving and pull on the lure as hard as I think a fish could bending the rod. I usually tighten the knot before I do that.
 

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My fishing life changed for the good once I ditched the clinch knot and ventured out in the knot world. There are a bunch of quality knots out there but my favorite has to be the san diego jam. The rapala knot has its own place too, but unless a specialty knot is required I prefer the jam.
http://www.netknots.com/fishing_knots/san-diego-jam-knot
People may gripe that this is a "saltwater" knot, but I assure you, this does well with anything from 1LB test to about 80LB. I've even used it on 130LB main line when I've run out of mono crimps. The key factor is wraps. More wraps for lighter line and less for heavier. 6-8 for anything under 10LB, 6 for 10 to 20LB, so on and so forth.
 

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I break 10 lb. every outing with the monster fish I catch. :eek:

Fishing from a boat I agree, shore new game.
 

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I fished 80% of my life from shore, never used over 6lb.
 

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