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How to Tie a Bimini Twist
A Bimini twist is a fishing knot used to double a light-test line before tying it to a heavier-test line. It is commonly used when tying on leaders when deep-sea fishing, or to double the backing line before tying it to the weighted line used in fly fishing. A properly tied Bimini twist doubles the effective tensile strength of the fishing line, while the knot itself is at from 85 to 100 percent of the line's original strength. It's a useful and practical knot to learn.
Decide the length you want your doubled line to be.Measure twice this length, then add a little extra.
Bring the free end back to the standing line, making a loop.You may wish to wrap the line around something to keep the loop formed, such as a partner's hands, a boat cleat or your own foot or knee.
Twist the free end around the standing line multiple times.Make at least 20 turns or as many as 60. The more turns, the stronger your knot will be.
- In general, the lighter the line used in making it, the more turns you should make when tying a Bimini twist.
Spread the loop slowly apart.This will bunch the twists together. Spread the sides of the loop evenly, so the turns don't overlap each other. Once the twists have gathered about 10 inches (25 centimeters) below the free end of the line, you're ready for the next step.
Hold the standing line tight while relaxing the free end.Let the free end first relax to a 90-degree angle with the twists, then let it roll over the twists. Keep pressure on the loop while holding one hand over the twists to keep them from unraveling.
Tie a half-hitch around 1 strand in the loop.If you're right-handed, this will probably be the right-side strand; if you're left-handed, this will probably be the left-side strand. Draw this knot tight.
Wrap the free end around both loop strands 4 times.Thread the free end of the line through this new loop to form a locking hitch.
Spit on the knot.Your saliva will lubricate the line to prevent the knot from breaking as you draw it up.
Pull the free end slowly to tighten the knot.Once the knot comes together, trim off the free end. You may want to apply a drop of super glue or rubber cement to the knot to prevent it from unraveling.
- As with other knots, practice tying a Bimini twist until you become proficient with it. If it didn't come out right the first time, cut the line off and re-tie it.
- Always collect and dispose of waste line properly. Throwing loose line in the water creates a marine hazard, while disposing of it on land can injure the legs of birds and small animals that get caught in it.
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