Knot Tying Tools - Yes or No

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by PatrickH, Oct 7, 2013.


What would you say about the knot tying tools?

Own it and use it all the time. 25 vote(s) 42.4%
Own it and used it a couple times. 19 vote(s) 32.2%
Own it, but never seem to need it since I just use my fingers. 6 vote(s) 10.2%
I Don't own one, but I plan to get one. 3 vote(s) 5.1%
Total waste of money. 6 vote(s) 10.2%
  1. PatrickH Active Member

    Posts: 165
    Snohomish County Wa
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    I was wondering how many people use or don't use the Knot tying tools.
    Are they worth picking up or just a waste of money?
    Is one tool better then another?
    What's a good one to get?
    Are they just for people who have a hard time tying small knots or?
    I know a shoe horn helps you put your shoes on, but it's not really needed. Well, unless you have a hard time putting on your shoes :(
  2. Bert Registered Potamophile

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    Everett, WA
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  3. Theron Active Member

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    Near Coupeville, WA
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    I use the Tie-Fast for nail knots.
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  4. Fishman Member

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    Anacortes WA
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    For Nail knot
  5. Dave Evans Active Member

    Posts: 533
    E. WA / N ID
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    Yup, tie-fast for nail knots and a leader vise for blood knots when making leaders.
  6. David Loy Senior Moment

    Posts: 2,406
    Wolf Bay
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    No, I don't usually carry it, but maybe should. It ties a good nail knot but I also like the teeth when tying surgeons knots, or anytime I need to reach through a loop and grab a tag.
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  7. Roger Nott Member

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    I bought a Tie-Fast combo nippers a couple of years ago and after decades of doing nail knots by hand I love the nail knot feature. I'm surprised to see positive nail knot comments. I would have thought with welded loops on just about all the fly lines, nail knots would be a thing of the past (nail knot still my preference).
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  8. Drifter Active Member

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    Ratings: +635 / 2
    I will need some glasses soon, have never used a tying tool. I use my knuckle-draggers bait holder knot for my leader to fly line and it has never failed!
  9. LD Active Member

    Posts: 1,059
    Spokane, WA
    Ratings: +83 / 6
    I was shown to take a large needle and heat the point and bend it back to make a loop. Simple, cheap and the best nail not tool I have used.
  10. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    Posts: 3,147
    Moses Lake, WA
    Ratings: +961 / 1
    I use it when I'm attaching butt sections to my fly lines.
  11. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Dillon, Mt
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    I used to be able to tie a nail knot. But since I became old and shakier. I've been going to the loop to loop connection. Things are much simpler now. About the only knots I have to tie is adding tippet and tying on a fly.
  12. Old406Kid Active Member

    Posts: 313
    Spokane, WA
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    Same here. I've made and given away a lot of these. Just heat and make a loop on the point end, tie a loop of backing or old fly line and hook it to a zinger or wherever convenient. Sometimes I heat and spread the eye slightly as well.
    I always seem to struggle with the slope on the other tool.
  13. IveofIone Active Member

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    I have used the same straight shank bobbin for tying nail knots for over 30 years. I have 2 of the nail knot tools including the Tie-Fast model pictured above. I have never been able to get as nice a nail knot out of a tool as I get out of the bobbin. That being said, a straight shanked plain stainless steel and brass bobbin is just about impossible to find nowadays, they have all gone to the flared tip models.

    I say screw the tool.

  14. Preston Active Member

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    I've used a variety of objects for tying nail knots ranging from a nail to a small twig. The handiest has been a large needle which also works for a multitude of other applications.
  15. Bert Registered Potamophile

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    Everett, WA
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    Ive, I think I know where you are coming from. I didn't get it either until I watched this video.

    Here is the crucial point -- don't go slow. It's important to transfer the knot with a firm, secure snap.
  16. underachiever !

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    suburban hell
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    I use it for nail knots. I don't often use hand tied leaders but when I do I use a nail knot spice instead of a blood knot.
  17. weiliwen Active Member

    Posts: 204
    Chicago Illinois
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    When my can of WD-40 ran out, I cut the tube in half and have used it ever since for tying nail knots. I can slip a piece of monofilament through the tube easily. I use it every time I fly fish, like Cornholio said above here, instead of a blood knot.

    Oh yeah, reading glasses, too. They should count as a tool to tie knots, at least for me!
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  18. Olive bugger Active Member

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    Woodinville, WA
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    Use of the above tool would make it a" TIE-FAST NAIL KNOT, KNOT?"
  19. Ron Eagle Elk Active Member

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    Yelm, WA, USA.
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    I worked in a fly shop this past summer on the Madison River in Montana. I spooled up a bunch of lines and the tool quickly became my friend. Had one bead chained to a set of high quality nippers and it was part of my work wear.
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  20. Jim B Flyfishin' and homebrewin'....priorities ?

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    Tacoma, WA
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    The only tool I use is a Nip n Knot, and almost exclusively as a does come in handy for the very seldom-used nail knot.
    Jim B.
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