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Burning line

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Now the first few years I fly fished, after tying on a fly to the tippet I would snip the excess line with fly scissors. A few years back I started burning the excess line with a lighter. It creates a bulge on the end and I think that it helps keep the knot in place.

What do you guy think? Has anybody tried it?

Posted on: 2010/7/2 13:25
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I'd be afraid of weakening the tippet, burning my finger or destroying my fly. Nippers or bite it off. If the knot comes un-done, then I tied a crappy knot.

Posted on: 2010/7/2 13:43


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If the knot "slipping" were a serious concern, it might work. But thats not the case, I know I almost never have a knot slip. When I have issues, it breaks, not slips.

I don't see harm in it, just make sure you don't give the knot or "non-excess" line any heat, or you'd weaken it.

Posted on: 2010/7/2 13:52


Re: Burning line

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Very True and that does happen buy in my experience the line would break before the know would slip, but with a heavy tippet, or even when tying leaders together I find that it protects the knot. Maybe its just me, but I would try it, especially with leader to tippet.

Posted on: 2010/7/2 14:03
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Re: Burning line

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Protects the knot from what?

Posted on: 2010/7/2 14:42


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if you tie your knot correctly, it won`t be an issue

Posted on: 2010/7/2 16:48
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I can usually get a blood knot right in 5 or 6 tries. I think.

Posted on: 2010/7/2 17:42


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If your knots are tied properly there should be no need for this.

Additionally, the heat might weaken the line and I could see myself torching a few flies accidentally. Not to mention burning myself, my fly line, or any gear or clothing I might have. So, I would not bother trying to melt the tags on my nots.

I think zap-a-gap or super glue would be a safer alternative if you are concerned about knot protection. But then again, you would still risk making a mess and ruining stuff.

Kev

Posted on: 2010/7/4 11:34


Re: Burning line

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Wet line before cinching knot. Check after each fish. No need to burn line... that's just silly.

Posted on: 2010/7/4 15:53
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Re: Burning line

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does it smell like burning hair ? hate to carry any more stuff arround ...no burning for me

Posted on: 2010/7/4 18:29


Re: Burning line

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I'd worry about tackling the cause, not the effect. This situation a microcosm of western thinking.

Posted on: 2010/7/5 12:39


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Just keep it simple. I've never had trouble with a correctly tied knot.

Posted on: 2010/7/5 18:14






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