It’s safe to say that there’s no such thing as a ‘wind’ knot. Blaming the wind for the knots found in your leader is nothing more than excuse for a few common casting flaws. Nonetheless, knots find their way into the leaders of even the best casters from time to time, so to protect our ego, we continue to call them wind knots.
Excuses aside, the next time you find a wind knot in your leader, don’t neglect it! A single wind knot can reduce the strength of your leader or tippet by up to 50%! In other words, your 12 lb. tippet suitable for double digit bonefish just became weaker than the 4X tippet found most at home on your local trout stream.
Take the time to address your leader, each time you find a knot, and save the heartbreak during your next encounter with Mr. Big.
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