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#11535378 - 04/11/16 05:35 PM Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one
mikebass78 Offline
Angler

Registered: 05/25/11
Posts: 337
Loc: Mckinney/Anna
So, I've been fishing since I was in the 4th grade. My buddy that taught me to fish taught me a knot, I've have been using it ever since, So, I move to TX, guy a fish with at work, uses some other knot, I watched him tie it a couple times,but just seemed too involved....

Question is, are you still using the same knot you learned on, or have you changed to a different one?

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#11535431 - 04/11/16 06:05 PM Re: Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one [Re: mikebass78]
Uncle Zeek Offline
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Registered: 09/26/05
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Loc: Lewisville
The first knot I learned to tie was an improved clinch knot, and later I learned to tie a blood knot and a dropper loop. Those three knots were all I needed for 20 years or so until braided lines became more common.

I've since switched to the uni-knot for line to tackle connections. I use a spider hitch knot for single dropper loop applications.
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#11535472 - 04/11/16 06:24 PM Re: Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one [Re: mikebass78]
Streetwalker Offline
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Registered: 02/28/13
Posts: 4685
Loc: Kaufman...kind of.
Improved clinch is the first knot I learned. I rarely use it anymore. I fish a lot of braided line and it won't hold in it. Palomar knot is now my go to knot.
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#11535913 - 04/11/16 09:15 PM Re: Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one [Re: mikebass78]
RHP Offline
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Registered: 10/13/03
Posts: 1277
Loc: Magnolia, TX. USA
Improved cinch, shrimper's knot and Palomar. I use the Palomar mostly but sometimes my fingers don't want to do it.

The shrimper's knot is a double square knot, in case you were scratching your heads.

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#11536208 - 04/12/16 12:00 AM Re: Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one [Re: mikebass78]
crapicat Offline
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Registered: 01/23/13
Posts: 5412
Loc: Grandview, TX
Hmmm, I have been using the improved clinch knot for 30 years, tried some different knots, didn't like them and ultimately just stayed with the improved clinch, even with braid...which I use a lot...for bigger fish, not my first choice though when using braid. If I could ever figure out the Palomar, I would probably use it a lot...

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#11536264 - 04/12/16 05:42 AM Re: Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one [Re: mikebass78]
Streetwalker Offline
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Registered: 02/28/13
Posts: 4685
Loc: Kaufman...kind of.
Palomar is one of the easiest knots to tie.

Double up your line.

Run it through the eye.

Tie a simple overhand knot.

Pass the lure through the loop in the doubled up line.

Tighten up.
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#11536291 - 04/12/16 06:26 AM Re: Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one [Re: mikebass78]
don the angler Offline


Registered: 09/05/01
Posts: 4936
Loc: Dallas,Texas,USA
The improved clinch not has served me well since my grandfather taught it to me those many years ago. I do not remember it failing me. At the present I tie the Palomar mostly now. It is a simpler knot to tie in my opinion and it has never failed me either. Now the dropper loop is another story. I have watched utube videos endlessly and just can not tie it consistently. It is very frustrating.
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#11536302 - 04/12/16 06:43 AM Re: Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one [Re: don the angler]
TCK73 Online   content
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Registered: 03/26/15
Posts: 2740
Loc: Jack County
Palomar knot 98% of the time. The other 2% go to my catfish hooks which get the snell knot. I have never had any problems with them since I learned them many years ago.

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#11536455 - 04/12/16 08:29 AM Re: Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one [Re: mikebass78]
ratandjmt Offline
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Registered: 03/31/15
Posts: 68
Loc: San Antonio
I have been using the improved clinch for more than 30 years and never had any issues. The only time I ever changed up was the 3 years I was stationed in ND. I used the palomar knot with braided line and a 3-6" steel leader for Northern Pike because their teeth would cut the line. Even then I would sometimes tie on lures with the improved clinch out of habit without any issues.


Edited by ratandjmt (04/12/16 08:30 AM)

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#11536539 - 04/12/16 09:05 AM Re: Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one [Re: mikebass78]
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Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/04/04
Posts: 2981
Loc: East Texas
I've learned many knots over the years and after bench testing them for strength, then decide on whether to incorporate them into my game. Current baseline:

Hook to leader: San Diego jam knot but many situations require a loop knot and for that Lefty's is the one

Leader to leader: triple surgeons in the field and blood knots on the table

leader to mainline: triple surgeons in the field, nail knot on the table.

Situation knots: dropper loops, albright, and bimini twist

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#11536621 - 04/12/16 09:42 AM Re: Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one [Re: mikebass78]
JIM SR. Online   sick
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Registered: 09/25/06
Posts: 6744
Loc: NRH/Fork ! GET THE NET
Palomar and uni-uni,..so far so good.
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#11537146 - 04/12/16 12:46 PM Re: Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one [Re: mikebass78]
Fishingking Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 12/11/13
Posts: 969
Been fishing the same knot my father taught me 50 years ago. Worked great then, still works now. Amen on the improved clinch.

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#11537267 - 04/12/16 01:20 PM Re: Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one [Re: mikebass78]
CypertJ Offline
Angler

Registered: 11/22/08
Posts: 263
Loc: Canton, Tx
Loop swoop and pull!!!

Learned the improved clinch 30 years ago and been using it ever since. I use a palomar every now and again though.
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#11537971 - 04/12/16 05:21 PM Re: Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one [Re: mikebass78]
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Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/12/07
Posts: 2494
Palomar, except for snelling circle hooks. I've tried to tie other knots, but they all turn into variations of the Gordian.

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#11537998 - 04/12/16 05:31 PM Re: Fishing Knots-Have you changed yours or using the same one [Re: mikebass78]
BAIT956 Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/27/03
Posts: 384
Loc: Lake Fork Tx.
Grew up on the improved clinch, still a good knot.
I learned the Palomar when braided lines came out and never went back.
Still use the improved clinch for jigs with very small eyes or usually a loop knot, so the lure hangs horizontal.
Line to line, Surgeons knot. Never had one fail. Ever.

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