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Old 01-05-2004, 12:17 PM
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Hi Frank. What knot should I use for small soft plastics? I usually tie a improved clinch knot, but I just did some with the loop knot from the knot page on this site. Is that knot strong enough, what do you recommend?
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Hi Frank. What knot should I use for small soft plastics? I usually tie a improved clinch knot, but I just did some with the loop knot from the knot page on this site. Is that knot strong enough, what do you recommend?
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Old 01-06-2004, 03:13 PM
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Plugger, you are asking me about knots? Have you lost it or what? Anybody who knows me knows that I have a learning disability over knots. At shows I can get laughs over viewing my shoe laces. I just use the improved clinch knot for everything. I am having trouble with why you would use a different knot for that particular applciation. Maybe you could clarify, but even then you might not get much. Also, maybe we have some non-googans that might get me off the hook

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Old 01-06-2004, 07:04 PM
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Frank my thinking was that the loop knot would give the lure better action since it is free and not clinched tight. I am just not sure of the strength of this knot.
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Old 01-06-2004, 08:05 PM
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I only know a few knots. I use a simple loop knot that's really just a common bowline, with the rabbit going around the tree 3 times before going back into the hole. Back in Boy Scouts, I was told that the bowline is one of the strongest knots there is and will never, ever slip. I dunno if everything they told me in Scouts was true, but my loop knots have never, ever failed.

You tie a loose overhand knot in your leader, leaving 6-8" of tag end. That goes through the eye of your jig, then you pass it up through the overhand knot, wrap it around the standing part of your leader 3 times, then draw it back down through the overhand knot, moisten the whole works and draw it tight.
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Old 01-07-2004, 06:51 AM
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This is I can tell you. never, ever, take on a knot without testing it. Many of the knot writers don't know snit from shinola. All my life I have tied knots, attached them to a rafter, then added weight to a container until the knot failed. Then I weighed the container. That knot is your parachute. Would you give a drunk your parachute to pack? Would you leave a bank roll in a Panama whorehouse for the girls to keep safe until after your cruise?

If my daughter came home with a guy who fished with book knots, I would toss them both out . You don't fish with a knot until you are certain it is at least 95% the strength of the line. And you, dear and patient reader, are responsible for that knot. Oh, and ya, rig up a shocker leader

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