Why Knots Fail

There are various reasons but the most common is slippage. This occurs because you have trimmed the tag end too short or you failed to provide enough wraps in the knot. These matters are easily rectified if you tie the knots correctly in the first place.

Knots often look fine and work well in casting but the real test of every knot comes if and when a fish takes the bait. Suddenly there is unprecedented pressure on everything including the knot. Slippage can occur as the fish takes flight. The slippage weakens the knot and can have disastrous results in the landing of the fish. Make sure your knots are as tight as possible.

If your knot means that two lines cross one another, particularly unequal lines such as light and heavy, the strength of the knot is greatly reduce sometimes by as much as half. The Overland knot is a prime example where line crossing must be handled carefully. Friction from heat under pressure can also be a factor.

There are two things you should aim for; make the knot as foolproof or mistake-free as possible and allow your line to retain as much strength – at least 85% – as you can.

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