Knot Tying Tools - Yes or No

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

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What would you say about the knot tying tools?

  1. Own it and use it all the time.

    25 vote(s)
    42.4%
  2. Own it and used it a couple times.

    19 vote(s)
    32.2%
  3. Own it, but never seem to need it since I just use my fingers.

    6 vote(s)
    10.2%
  4. I Don't own one, but I plan to get one.

    3 vote(s)
    5.1%
  5. Total waste of money.

    6 vote(s)
    10.2%
  1. PatrickH

    PatrickH Active Member

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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 :(
     
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    Bert Registered Potamophile

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    I use the Tie-Fast for nail knots.
     
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    For Nail knot
     
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    dogsnfish Active Member

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    Yup, tie-fast for nail knots and a leader vise for blood knots when making leaders.
     
  6. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

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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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    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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    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!
     
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    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

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I use it when I'm attaching butt sections to my fly lines.
     
  11. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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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.
     
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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.
     
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    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.

    Ive
     
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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.
     
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    Bert Registered Potamophile

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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.