How To Tie A Bimini Twist
How To Tie A Bimini Twist
The video shows you how to do a Bimini Twist, which is a kind of knot used in fly fishing along with the fly line and the fishing rod.
Okay, Bimini Twist is a knot that is feared by most fishermen and it is quite a complex knot and it looks more complicated than it is. I am going to show you how to do it. But I am going to show you using a braided backing line so that you can see this easier.
We use it in the fly fishing to create a nice loop at the end of the backing or joining at the end of fly line. It is a nice strong loop-to-loop connection which links to the ring smoothly and it is very important. Now, with mono, we do about 20 twists normally and with braid, I do more.
One, two, twenty nine and now, thirty turns. You can use various things to put in: your foot, your knee, a post. Since we don't have post, I am going to use my tip of the shoe.
This is the bit that is tricky. You got all those twists on the braid. We got to try and get those twists to bed in tight against themselves and then we create the second part of the knot.
If I get them close, you can see I get them tighter and tighter and then this is the tricky bit. Holding down the line, what I wanted to do is that I wanted to pull the button of the twist up towards the top. So, in other words, as I pull that, you watch the sear here, feed that line until it wraps round over the raps we already have.
So, it is a twist with the wraps over. So, now, ideally, those wraps as I twist back should be twitching. Give one or two slightly over and don't worry about it too much.
Once that has twitched there, that has upped the Bimini Twist completely in order not to tie that off. So pinch it, you can see the twists in the Bimini. Now, you need to tie that off.
With one arm on the loop, you create a half H knot, a very similar half H. Pull that back towards itself and now, that cannot go. Now, it is tied now.
Now, just as a safety measure, we do few more half H's. Go round the other leg, there is a second half H backing up towards the knot. Then, what I like to do is just a full turn half H around them both.
Now, we remove them. So what I wanted to do is a full turn half H around both legs together. So, I want to go one, two, three, much left, this tag ends too long for this one to trigger and this four, this four turns half H and as we back it towards this twist of knot, those when taken up all that spread out, you can see the things taken up, should have four barrels of knot.
As you tighten the loop, you see those barrels closing in on each other. What we don't want here is a slack here or so as we take them out to complete the knot, that stops them from unravelling. Now, I will get my pliers and just chop that off.
Scissors are better than pliers. We use pliers here and we chop them now. This is where the needle, simply look out for very long.
That is pretty standard length. There is a twist in it which is fine; we can then use that to loop the loop, to turn in the fly line or we can then use it to knot to a final diameter or a thicker diameter. So, let me twist.
It looks complicated, it is a little fiddly but it is not too bad, and people worry about it far too much. Useful knot, worth learning!.