I always wet my knots when I’m tying them like I was taught but they still seem to slip – what else can I do to keep this from happening?

I always wet my knots when I’m tying them like I was taught but they still seem to slip – what else can I do to keep this from happening?

To keep knots from slipping, there are several things that you can and should do. It is very important to tie your knots properly. Any knot weakens your line, but an improperly tied knot actually cuts your line. To prove this to yourself, just try to break a ten pound test line, then tie a knot in it, and try to break it again. You will definitely see a difference. It is very important to learn to tie your knots properly. You really must learn to do this by feel as well, because, especially if you are fishing at night, you might have to do it in conditions where visibility is very limited. The kind of knot you tie really can make a difference. One good knot that holds well is an improved clinch knot. This fishing line knot really does stand the standard stress tests quite well. To make this knot, just loop your line seven times. Even though there are schools of thought that contend that wetting the line does not help you to tie it tighter, many people believe that it does, and everyone knows that pulling your knot tight really is what determines how well the knot will hold, and most anglers believe that wetting the line before pulling the knot tight really makes a difference in whether the line holds or not. You can learn more about tying these and other knots by following the directions on line packages or by going to good online instruction sites such as the knot tying site, Fish 4 Fun.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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