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. underachiever

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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.
     
  2. weiliwen

    weiliwen Active Member

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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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  3. Olive bugger

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    Just a question. HOW CAN ONE TIE A NAIL NOT, WITHOUT A NAIL?

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

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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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  5. Jim B

    Jim B Active Member

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

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    Funny, when I answered the survey I thought we were talking whip finish tools. In any case I use both a tie fast and a whip finish tool. I really like the look of the Nip N Knot that Jim B. posted above. I'll have to find one of those to have in my chest pack.
     
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    Skysoldier FUBAR

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  8. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I use a Tie-Fast when I need to fab a nail knot.
     
  9. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    When I first started out tying knots I used a football needle. Just file the end off and your just fine. Your leader will go through the needle. I also used the tip of a fiberglass rod. The hollow part. Or in a pinch when nothing else is available, A small stick.
     
  10. Krusty

    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    I've using the Moodus Knot Tool for years...can be a bit hard to find...but works great. I got so worried about losing one in a lake that I now have 4 of them.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Moodus-Ultimate-Knot-Fishing-Tool-GREAT-NEW-/190716739759

    Makes tying tippets on with blood knots very easy, good for professional quality nail knots, and has a rather ingenious fly eyelet threader...as well as a hidden bobbin that's useful for pulling stray hackle out of clinch knots.
     
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    Salmo_g Active Member

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    You left out "none of the above."

    I don't have one, don't use one, but I don't think they're a waste of money for those who buy and use them.

    Sg
     
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    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    Neither did I until I got old enough to need one....these ancient fingers just don't manage to function like they used to!
     
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  13. Gregg Lundgren

    Gregg Lundgren Now fishing on weekdays too!

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    I use the Tie-Fast Knot Tyer for all applications shown in the demo. Exceptions are the non-slip loop knot to allow for increased wet fly action, and the double surgeon for adding on tippet in a hurry.

    The demo lacks one important element, probably left out due to the "ick" factor... moisten the line before tightening-up the knots, in particular for fluorocarbon. It reduces the friction/heat that can weaken the line.
     
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    I tie by hand. Nail knots I only use for fly line to backing, very infrequent, and I just use a bodkin from my fly tying stuff. Leader to fly line is an improved clinch on either a welded loop, or one I created by using a nail knot and some backing and lacquer. Tying leaders, I start with a 7 1/2' 3x leader, and double-surgeons some 3x (good enough if streamer fishing trout), 4x for nymphing, and 5x if fishing dries. I go 6x if the fish are really damn finicky but generally the 6x just hangs on my vest near the 7x.
     
  15. Mark Mercer

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    I, like OMJ used tips of old broken fly rods for nail knots, then I joined the 20th century and now use plastic Q-tips cut in half. haven't found anything better and I use the nail knot tool at work, but don't like it as well as Q-tips..... Old dog new
    tricks, I guess....