KNOTS: Our Bimini Twist for backing-to-fly-line SBS
We trust in this version of the iconic Bimini Twist for backing-to-fly-line connections on our 9 and 12 weights.
There are a couple of reasons, firstly: A Bimini Twist tests at 100% breaking strain, so there simply is no stronger knot to connect you fly line to the backing. Secondly, because it is a loop-to-loop connection, changing lines is super easy. (Omni spools are becoming ever more popular, so you need a loop on your backing to change lines).
This version of the Bimini is highly streamlined – if you hook a 100cm Geet or a big tiger and that thing is shunting for the horizon, (with line flying everywhere) you want the knots to be as neat as possible, leaving as little opportunity for things to go wrong as possible. A streamlined knot is ideal for this application as can pass through the guides easily.
1. Take an off-cut of backing, double it and make a simple overhand knot
2. Double roughly four foot of the end of your backing. Grab hold of the end of the loop and make 27 twists. (Trust us).
3. In a seated position, put the loop over both your knees. Hold the tag end firmly in one hand and the main line in the other. Now pull both the tag and main line tight, while opening up the loop with your knees at the same time.
4. If all runs smoothly, this is the ‘magical’ step of the Bimini, which neatly tightens all 27 turns. As you do this, the tag end will also wrap down over the knot and towards the loop.
5. Next, place the off-cut backing which you knotted earlier on top of your Bimini and pinch everything together.
6. Start wrapping the tag end around your two loops (not unlike an Albright).
7. Once you’ve finished four wraps, thread the tag end through your ‘off cut loop’
8. Pull your off cut loop through the ‘Albright-style’ loop you just made.
9. Tighten your Albright and set it against the Bimini.
10. Cut the tag end down to about 2cm.
11. Burn the tag to shape a nice, large (but not big enough to catch rod eyes) and round ‘ball’ from the tag that won’t be able to pull through the knot under intense pressure.
Pat yourself on the back…