The knots that we have traditionally used to tie our hooks, swivels and booms to monofilament are the all time favourite Blood Knot, and the Uni knot.

Both of these knots consist of coils of monofilament jambing tightly against one another to provide the grip necessary for a safe and secure knot.

When nylon monofilament is pulled tight in such a knot it can get very hot inside the coils and subsequently weaken the nylon, so that the knot does not perform as well as it should. In fact a poor knot tied in monofilament will often deliver as little as half the lines breaking strain, whereas a really well tied knot tied in top class monofilament will give up to 95% of the lines breaking strain.

So how do you ensure that any knot in monofilament is as good as you can get it?

(a) Buy good quality line.

(b) Learn how the knot of your choice should be tied and practise till you can tie it blindfold.

(c) Just before your knot is snugged up, lubricate it with saliva to help the coils slip into their proper place.

(d) Tighten your knots slowly so as to generate as little heat as possible.

(e) Pull the knot as tight as you can get it.

(f) If you even suspect that the knot is a poor one, cut it off and start again.