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J Knot beats out Blood Knot

July 9th 2014 00:39
When it comes to tying line to line, I've been going with the Blood Knot longer that I care to admit. Although the Blood Knot is a little hard to tie, I've stuck with it because it looks pretty cool if you can tie it and it is a pretty good knot. However, that may have to change because on the Knot Wars segment of the season finale of North American Fisherman featured the J Knot knocking off the Blood Knot.

North American Fisherman is one of the better fishing programs on TV because you won't sit there half an hour watching guys fish. Although you'll see fishing action, you'll learn a little about tactics, equipment, conservation, and, thanks to the Knot Wars segment that has been going on the past few years, how to tie some good knots.


While the program has been broadcast on various outdoor networks over the years, this past season was on Destination America. Unfortunately, they only film 13 episodes per season and it's not in reruns. A further insult is the fact that the website only features Knot Wars for 2013!

That being said, I hope the people at Netknots.com don't get too upset because here's their animated instructions on how to tie the BloodKnot.

And now, here's the J Knot. I have to admit this animation makes it look pretty easy!





Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!

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Ho, ho, ho!

December 25th 2013 00:08
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Despite being around a long time now, one of the biggest knocks against fluorocarbon line is poor knot strength.

I don't believe in cluttering up your mind with a lot of knots and usually use a blood knot to join two lines but a blood knot just doesn't cut the mustard when it comes to fluorocarbon.

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Some people use a Palomar Knot on Fluorocarbon line and some don't.

If you're among those who do, the key is careful, careful, careful!

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Happy Holidaze

December 25th 2012 00:23
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NanoFil knot trumps King Sling

March 1st 2012 01:36
North American Fisherman must be winding down for the year because last week they tested the best knots for mono and this week it was for braid.

This week the NanoFil topped the King Sling to be named the "best" knot for braid.

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Trilene tops Palomar

February 23rd 2012 03:54
There's definitely a lot of wasted airtime on fishing programs but you may learn a thing or two on North American Fisherman. Instead of watching two guys fish for a half hour, the program is broken up into three or four segments that are often too short to do their topic justice.

One of the most informative segments on the show is called "Knot Wars." In "Knot Wars," different knots are tested under controlled conditions until a semi-scientific "champion" is crowned.

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Although I don't spool my reels with fluorocarbon, in many instances I like a leader of FC of around 18" to four feet.

Since I'm not really a fluorocarbon guy, maybe this is THE knot and maybe it isn't. I'm on a never ending quest for the best knot for fluorocarbon so, this video caught my eye.

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Not quite 100% Knot Strength

May 12th 2011 04:40
If you cruise YouTube as much as I do you may have seen this video illustrating an easy-to-tie knot with 100% strength. Since knots are always the weak point in any fishing attempt, I was all over this.


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How to tie a figure eight

September 29th 2010 00:47
Although I'm not on a knot kick anymore, I thought I'd pass along instructions for the Figure Eight Knot because it's so easy to tie.

Often used for loop to loop connections, it is an easy to tie knot and very versatile, being used in fly fishing, sailing, rock climbing, and camping. When tied in ropes it is even easy to inspect with a casual glance and is easy to UNtie

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Video on two good knots

August 26th 2010 06:55
I've learned quite a bit by watch North American Fisherman on TV. This wide ranging program is one of the better fishing shows on TV and one where you can actually learn something. Unfortunately, I don't believe my local cable outlet was carrying it this year. If so, I couldn't find in the listings.

One segment I particularly enjoy is called "Knot Wars." Like a lot of fishing stuff on TV, it's a little over the top but, you have to do something to jazz up fishing for a visual medium.

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Palomar vs. Trilene knots

May 5th 2010 01:28
Here's good video pitting the strength of the Palomar knot against the Trilene Knot,

I was interested in this comparison since I'm pretty big on the Palomar because of its ease to tie and strength.

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Knots-- tangles with a name

July 28th 2009 00:52
fishing line
I heard a good one the other day--"A knot is simply a tangle with a name."

That's about the size of it. Any doubts? Try tangling your fishing line and then pick out the knots!

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Barometric pressure and fishing

July 20th 2009 01:49
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Ever wonder why fish practically hook themselves one day and the fishing is terrible the next? It may be because a low pressure front is forming.

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You only need a few knots to fish

April 17th 2009 01:07
People think you need umpteen knots to fish. In reality, only a few are needed to fill the bill.

I don't believe in filling my mind with useless information so, here are a few knots that will get you through most situations. The biggest thing to remember is to wet the line before you tighten it to reduce abrasion.

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Merry Christmas!!

December 24th 2008 23:47
As Joe Cool would say..."Have a cool yule!"


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Tips on fly line and knot tying

November 28th 2008 01:23
Here is some good advice on picking line for fly fishing and the video ends up showing you how to tie a CLINCH KNOT so, you're getting a lot in a short presentation!


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Fishing can help returning vets

November 26th 2008 02:23
I was surfing the web, looking for some info, when I found something else and it sort of took over everything I was thinking about at the time…


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How to tie a blood knot

October 31st 2008 03:12
Here's a good video I found on tying a blood knot.

I talked about this not that long ago but the video wasn't available then and it may make things clearer.

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The San Diego Jam

July 14th 2008 01:47
I heard a cool one today. I didn’t exactly hear it. I ran across it on the web.

As a new devotee of the reverse clinch knot, I was lead onto a fishing knot forum. Low and behold! There’s another name for it—the San Diego Jam!

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