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October 22, 2008

Merwin: Tie One On

By John Merwin & Joe Cermele

In some ways you can buy your way to better fishing with a 
now rod, reel, or lure. But you can't buy a good knot. That's 
something you'll have to do on your own.
         

I'm working on a knots article for our print edition, and 
I'd like to know what your favorite knot is for tying on a lure or fly 
(terminal knot) with nylon monofilament. I often use a 5-turn improved 
clinch, for example, or sometimes a Palomar, depending on the lure 
size/type. But there are lots of other choices, too.
         

What's your favorite?

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from Justin wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Usually the Palomar, easy to tie and has NEVER failed me. I'll sometimes use the Improved Clinch, but only if I can't use the Palomar.(Salmon fishing with a 3-way swivel)I truly believe that someone could effectively fish for a lifetime and only use the Palomar. (Other than when respooling)

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Improved Clinch but I loop it through the lure twice before I start wrapping it around the line... also wrap it around more times for 2, 4, and 6 pound test. Heavier lines I only wrap it around three times.

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Palomar knot, hands down. Any line, any conditions, this knot has never failed me.

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from Salmo wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Improved clinch knot on line 8 lb. or less. Palomar on bigger line. I snell all of my hooks except trebles (I like the force of a fighting fish pulling on the hook shank instead of the knot.)

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from Ben wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Cast my vote for the Palomar knot as well. I've had several times where when snagged, the weak spot in the whole setup was the rod itself (which snapped) the line held, the knots held, the rod broke. I've never had a palomar knot untie on me.

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from JC wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I'll vote Palomar. It's just the strongest although the improved clinch is faster to tie, I've had too many slip when it counts. Granted, they could have all been angler error, but a Palomar has never failed me.

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from Alex Pernice the fly rod winner wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Sorry, above post was me...

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I use the improved clinch for anything unless i am using a spoon than a am using a loop knot.

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from alabamahunter wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

It depends. For heavier mono I will use a pitzen, palomar, or the improved clinch. If I'm fishing a spook or Rapala I use a rapala knot. Also, sometimes I will use a snell when fishing for bass with 4/0 or bigger hooks.Thanks for the replies on the previous blog.

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from TJB wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Thanks! I really appreciate you responding to my question about fishing around Austin. To your questions yes I will have a car. My favorite types of fishing are top water for largemouth, catfishing, and I am learning to fly fish.

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from Mel wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I fish a lot of Rapala lures for many different kinds of fish. Therefore, I have became very partial to tying the Rapala Knot. Otherwise, I use a similar clinch knot to the one you have mentioned.

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from bnorth wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I have always been partial to the Palomar. It's incredibly strong, easy to tie, and most importantly easy to teach someone else to tie. It's difficult to get someone into fishing that can't grasp anything other than an overhand knot.

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from Justin wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Usually the Palomar, easy to tie and has NEVER failed me. I'll sometimes use the Improved Clinch, but only if I can't use the Palomar.(Salmon fishing with a 3-way swivel)I truly believe that someone could effectively fish for a lifetime and only use the Palomar. (Other than when respooling)

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Improved Clinch but I loop it through the lure twice before I start wrapping it around the line... also wrap it around more times for 2, 4, and 6 pound test. Heavier lines I only wrap it around three times.

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from Blue Ox wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Palomar knot, hands down. Any line, any conditions, this knot has never failed me.

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from Salmo wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Improved clinch knot on line 8 lb. or less. Palomar on bigger line. I snell all of my hooks except trebles (I like the force of a fighting fish pulling on the hook shank instead of the knot.)

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from Ben wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Cast my vote for the Palomar knot as well. I've had several times where when snagged, the weak spot in the whole setup was the rod itself (which snapped) the line held, the knots held, the rod broke. I've never had a palomar knot untie on me.

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from JC wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I'll vote Palomar. It's just the strongest although the improved clinch is faster to tie, I've had too many slip when it counts. Granted, they could have all been angler error, but a Palomar has never failed me.

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from Alex Pernice the fly rod winner wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Sorry, above post was me...

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I use the improved clinch for anything unless i am using a spoon than a am using a loop knot.

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from alabamahunter wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

It depends. For heavier mono I will use a pitzen, palomar, or the improved clinch. If I'm fishing a spook or Rapala I use a rapala knot. Also, sometimes I will use a snell when fishing for bass with 4/0 or bigger hooks.Thanks for the replies on the previous blog.

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from TJB wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Thanks! I really appreciate you responding to my question about fishing around Austin. To your questions yes I will have a car. My favorite types of fishing are top water for largemouth, catfishing, and I am learning to fly fish.

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from Mel wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I fish a lot of Rapala lures for many different kinds of fish. Therefore, I have became very partial to tying the Rapala Knot. Otherwise, I use a similar clinch knot to the one you have mentioned.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from bnorth wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I have always been partial to the Palomar. It's incredibly strong, easy to tie, and most importantly easy to teach someone else to tie. It's difficult to get someone into fishing that can't grasp anything other than an overhand knot.

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