The Best Fishing Knot
By Jim Porter
You see all kinds of knots. They are a bit like fishing lures - each has a specific application and must be carefully chosen for the need.
Well, today, old Fishin' Tipster, Weekend Semi-Pro and national backlash pickin' champion, is gonna show you the ONLY knot you'll ever need for tying on a lure or a hook. It works perfectly and with no slippage on monofilaments, braids and with the continuous strand 'super lines', such as Fireline. The knot is actually stronger than the line, itself! Sounds impossible? Take a look at the photo.
There are 4 steps, shown left to right in the photo, for tying what Tipster calls the 'Porter Knot' (he has been using it for 30 years). Note that this is nothing more than a clinch knot - BUT, we have doubled the line before we start to tie the knot.
The steps are simple:
1) Double the line and put it through the hook eye (split ring/tie point on a lure). It will go through easier if you first roll/twist the end of the loop between your fingers once or twice.
2) Take the doubled end and wrap it around the doubled main line body 4-5 times.
3) Bring the doubled end back down and pass it through the loop hole at the tie point.
4) Snug it down tight and clip the tag ends, as necessary (always leave about 1/4 inch on each tag; the fish really don't care).
Now, let Tipster explain why this knot is so strong.
If you tied a knot by taking a SINGLE piece of line and running it through that same hook eye once - and then once again - you would have 2 wraps of line around the hook eye, right? Ok, then you tie your knot and - hey, 2 loops holding the hook on. Sounds strong, right?? Wrong. All you have to do it look at that type of tie and ask yourself what happens if EITHER loop around the eye were to break? Since it is a continuous piece of line, it is obvious that either loop breaking will cause the hook to come off. Any failure in that line at ANY point causes knot failure.
Now, go look again at the Porter Knot. Examine the 2 right-side examples. See those 2 loops around the hook eye? Once the knot is down and snug, what happens if either loop of line around the hook eye breaks? Gee, guess what? The other loops still holds!! Look closely at the knot, visualize the failure, and study this until you see what Tipster is saying.
You can picture this as using 1 finger to hold a bucket of water. If you could wrap your single finger around that bucket handle twice (or 20) times, your grip is still only as strong as that one finger. BUT, think about holding up that same bucket and same weight using 2 fingers. Ah, ha. Gets a lot easier with 2 fingers, right? Each finger has its own independent strength. So, if one gets a cramp, the other will still hold the bucket. Maybe not as well; but, it will hold and give you a chance to notice the failure and fix it.
This doubled-line, clinch knot is very simple to tie and, after awhile, you can do it with your eyes closed (or on those night fishing trips).
The closest knot to this that has a great knot strength is the Palomar. It also uses 2 independent support loops of line. But, the Palomar's weak point is the single strand that snugs down at the top of the knot. If that single strand fails, the Palomar fails.
Prove the strength of this knot to yourself. Tie the Porter Knot to a hook and put the hook in a vice. Take something to wrap the line around and pull until it breaks. Do it as many times as you want. The line will NEVER break at the knot.
And, someone said there was no such thing as a free lunch. Ha!
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