Selling the proper line to your customer is certainly important but helping them with the proper knots for those lines may be even more important. An angler can buy the most expensive line available, but without tying the proper knot that critical connection to the fish can easily be broken, no matter how expensive the line. With the advancement of new materials being used for fishing lines it has also created a need for anglers to use different knots for each of the different types of line. Many professional anglers have learned the hard way that the knots they tied for years may not work as well with the new lines available today. Fluorocarbon in particular can easily break on the hookset if the proper knot is not tied. Many anglers including professional anglers have blamed a broken line on the hookset with fluorocarbon to be a “bad batch” when it was the knot they were tying. Why is fluorocarbon more impacted by a poor knot and a strong hookset? The answer to that lies in the nature of the carbon raw material itself.
Anglers choose fluorocarbon for the improved sensitivity it provides. That improved sensitivity comes from the fact that fluorocarbon is a harder material than the nylon lines used for years and that hardness allows it to better transfer feeling to the rod. Much the same way anglers choose tungsten weights now instead of lead weights for improved sensitivity. The improved sensitivity comes from the tungsten being a harder material and better transferring the bites or bottom contact up the line to an angler. That same hardness can also cause fluorocarbon to quickly cut itself much faster than a nylon line. If an angler ties a knot with fluorocarbon where the fluorocarbon crosses itself, that crossing can cause the line to break very easily at that spot as the fluorocarbon cuts itself. The graphic below shows an example of a Palomar knot that was tied incorrectly, and the fluorocarbon is crossed. Failure will happen at that location with a strong hook set.
With the line crossed, many anglers including professionals experienced breakoffs with the Palomar knot when they first began using it on a regular basis. When tied properly, the Palomar can be an effective knot for fluorocarbon, but there are also other choices that will give you greater performance. You may choose to keep it simple and use one knot for tying on lures to your nylon, fluorocarbon or braid. If the knot is tied properly that can be done, but there are also specific knots that work the best with each type of line and in order to truly maximize the performance of your lines.
Sunline has a created a video series that show the specific steps to tie 16 of the most popular knots used for tying to lures or main line to leaders. Sunline partnered with a leading animation firm to create the best knot videos possible. Often knot videos can be difficult to follow as the line can be hard to see on a video. Help your customers become better anglers by tying better knots with these animations. Any angler can quickly follow the videos, step by step to learn and replicate the best knots. Any angler can quickly follow the videos, step by step to learn and replicate the best knots. See all the videos at sunlineamerica.com.
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