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How Often Should I Re-Tie My Line?

Updated: Dec 16, 2023


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We often see and hear posts about people re-tying their line to the lure after every fish, a few times a day, or every time they get snagged. Often there isn't much more in the post other than these statements. This doesn't really help other anglers understand why they should be re-tying and how often they really need to. Let's face it re-tying costs you time on the water, uses up line, and can lead to more lost fish if you are sloppy with your knots! Here's our take on the subject:


First things first. Why would you even bother re-tying your line? The main reason for re-tying line is to avoid breakoffs if it is damaged and the strength compromised. Now, this is completely dependent on the type and rating of the line being used. If you are finesse fishing with 4-6 lb line and tiny knick or compromise to the line (that you may or may not be able to see) will make breakoffs happen more frequently. On the other hand if you're using 100 lb braided line you will need to visibly be able to see some wear, fraying, or other damage before it's worthwhile. If you take care of your line during transport by using rod socks, inspecting after each fish, snag, or event that may have caused damage you likely don't need to re tie until it becomes damaged.


Other reasons for re-tying are in regards to knot failure. When using non braided lines they can continue tightening on themselves so much that it actually cuts its own material and fails. Over time when fighting lots of big fish, pulling on snags, or etc the knot can sinch down and cause its own failure. This can easily be avoided by picking the right line and knot combo, as well as using leaders, swivels, or snaps (situation appropriate). For instance, the palomar knot is the most common knot anglers know. It works great for braided line but for fluorocarbon will just continue to tighten on itself and cut through the line holding on your bait. Using the fluorocarbon know which doesn't sinch on itself is a better option. Alternatively if you are using a leader that has crimped connections to to the snap there is no issues with this at all.


Other issues with the knot can arise if you don't sinch it tight enough and then cut the tag end too short. Once it gets a little tighter the tag can pull through and the knot come undone


So, with all this in mind what is our stance on how often your lure should be re-tied? I don't think there is a one size fits all answer other than that you should inspect your line frequently and do it as necessary. Putting rules into effect for no reason is going to cost you time on the water. Always try to use gear that fits the situation at hand to avoid any need for re-tying in the first place. From our experience most damage resulting in failure to the line is caused by the rod, reel, or transport adding nicks / frays to spots in the line not easily seen rather than anything you do while fishing.


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