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Tips on Getting Wind Knots out of Fly Line?

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I have a #4 fly line with two wind knots (I found myself tossing a weighted wooly bugger on my dry fly rig - obviously poorly).

Any tips to get them out?

Posted on: 6/16 20:52


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dubbing needle, a magnifier and patience.

Posted on: 6/16 21:25


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Yeah - lots of patience and good magnifiers for sure.

Wind knots in the leader or tippet or easier to fix - just cut!

Posted on: 6/16 21:37


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Not wind knots, they're casting errors . On the river I just grab a fly and work it out that way. If its really tight I cut and tie more tippet.

Edit: Holy crap, just saw it's in the fly line! Thats a new one to me, good luck.

Posted on: 6/16 21:47


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I've never had a wind knot in my fly line. In my leader, yes, but never in my fly line.

I was turning some ground over the other day to plant some things. I came across a small inch and a half long red worm, that had tied itself in a fairly tight overhand knot. I've never seen that before either. I actually got it untied, but I don't know if I helped it or hurt it.

Posted on: 6/16 23:03


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I skipped the magnifying glass. That's what I need.

Posted on: 6/17 7:11


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Pinch the line about a few millimeters on either side of the knot and force the two ends toward one another. This may relieve some pressure and allow you to get under the wrap easier.

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even if you get the knot out, if it is in the leader, I`d still be concerned about a weak spot, cut your losses, cut the leader and retie, triple surgeons loop and your done in a min or two

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Allow your backcast to straighten out a bit more and use a more even acceleration on your front cast.

Posted on: 6/19 10:32


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Letort, I never had a wind knot in the actual fly line, but if I did, here is how I would handle it.

If I decided to ask for help on a public forum, I'd claim I created the knots on purpose. Did it while demonstrating to someone else on what causes them. Second one was to prove the first wasn't a fluke.

Either that, or I would blame it on a fishing buddy who I let try out my outfit.



I don't know of any tricks, but if you are going to use some kind of needle, wetting the knot to reduce the friction might help you undo it. I might even consider using some kind of non-petroleum lubricant to help release the knot.

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Thanks for all the replies.

Two needles and a magnifying glass did the trick.

Now, to work on my casting.

Posted on: 6/19 21:38


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Just take your time and find just the slightest slower rhythm coming forward. The knots are caused by over-acceleration on the front cast in most cases. Either that, or by not allowing the back cast enough time to get right.

Posted on: 6/20 10:57


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I'm thinking he meant in the leader. In the leader, I simply cut it and put a blood knot in. Building my own taper leaders, it's not a big deal. If the wind knot is in the right spot, I leave it and use it as a stopper for my split shot. I recently read something from Lefty Kreh that he purposely put a knot in the line under his split shot, claiming that it doesn't affect the line strength. I'm sure that's a debate for another discussion!

Posted on: 6/23 10:33


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bigslackwater--I have often done the same thing when nymphing, especially when using 5x or better. I've never had a break-off because of it, but there's a first time for everything.

Posted on: 6/23 11:02


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Just to clarify, I had two knots into the FLY line - a very supple 4 wt, which I ended up tossing cone head wooly buggers with.

Wind knots in the leader, I just cut and blood knot on a new tippet.

Posted on: 6/25 8:27






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