is what I was looking for today when I tried to make a list of potential bloggy-type topics for upcoming blog posts. I always like to have a list of possibilities on hand, because as I am sure all you lovely blogging friends know, sometimes your mind just draws a blank when it is time to sit down and write.
Soooo…today I sat down to make my list of possibilities for the upcoming few weeks, and all of a sudden it came to me…KNOTS. Yes…fishing KNOTS!!! What is more exciting than that right…LOL
Well okay…fishing knots are probably not the MOST exciting part of your fishing adventures, but they are, however, one of the most important. I, for one, know how important a good, tight, clean knot is to catching that big monster trophy fish. Boy…do I know!!!
When I first started fishing as a young girl, I fished mostly for smaller species. I grew up in Arkansas and mostly fished little farm ponds with my awesome fishermom. Although, knots were VERY important in catching and keeping a fish then, I never REALLY understood the importance of a great knot until I fished for the first time in Canada.
Upon learning that I would be traveling to Manitoba’s Burntwood Lake Lodge for my very first week long fishing trip for Northern Pike
, my fisherhubby and I immediately went to Cabelas and stocked up on new products from our my favorite brands. Ugly sticks and Shimano Reels were the first items to go into the cart. Then came the Plano Tackle Box and the HUNDREDS AND HUNDRES AND HUNDREDS of beautiful, fabulous lures that I was sure would catch me that major trophy for which I was hunting…Ahhhhhh the lovely dreams of the young and naive…LOL
Before we left for the wild, my hubby sat me down one night and asked me to show him how I tied my fishing knots. I excitedly took out my Berkely line and showed him my fabulous knot. He just stared at me…and the he laughed!!!! YES…my little a** of a husband laughed at me…LOL
To cut a long story short, I quickly learned that the trusty knots I had previously counted on were no longer going to cut it in the wilds of Canada. And…as offended as I was to have my technique laughed at, I quickly realized upon catching (and losing) my first large Pike
to not underestimate the small things like knots when fishing. Every little procedure and technique adds up to something great when fishing. The knot you decide to use when fishing should be one that you absolutely trust without a doubt regardless of the size or type of fish that you are hunting. You just never know when you are going to hook something truly amazing, and when that happens, the stability of your knot should be the last thing on your mind.
Sooooo…because knots are so important to our lovely little sport, and since there are so many different types of knots in the fishing world today, I came up with a FABULOUS & FUN idea…
I WANT TO TRY OUT YOUR FAVORITE FISHING KNOT!!!!!
To do this little series, I will, of course, need help from all of my lovely readers out there!!! I am asking all my readers to send me the directions for tying their favorite fishing knots. You can give the directions either by leaving a detailed comment on this blog post or by emailing me the directions to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will then post a new knot with the directions and the name of the source once a week here on “From The Fisherbabe”. Accompanying the post will either be detailed pictures or video footage of the knot being tied.
I really think that this is going to be a fun little series to do, and if you take a look at my lovely little side bar, I have made a new link for the knot tying series for easier access. The name of the series is “FABULOUS & FUN FISHING KNOTS”. I will be posting my favorite knot next week for the first demonstration in the series.
I hope to get TONS of instructions for knot-tying and please feel free to send MULTIPLE instructions if you have lots of different favorite knots!!! OOOOOOOOO…I just can’t wait!!! Sooooo…get to knot tying peoples, and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me in on the fun!!!
Happy Knot Tying ~
LIZZY aka The Fisherbabe