The Lake Products THREE-in-One Knot Tying Tool for Fly Fishing is manufactured with pristine accuracy, designed to grip target fishing lines with damaging them. As suggested by the product name, it is for fly fishing, and thus only far lighter lines are recommended for use.
At its base is a very strong stainless steel up and down action spring, and as such, the head and loop will never rust or corrode. In addition, it is designed around with very hard polyoxymethylene to meet the sturdiness yet lightweight standards necessary to create an effective fish knot tying tool.
As an added convenience bonus, the tool itself is made to easily clip onto clothing. You have easy access to the tool, whatever and however you are doing during your sessions.
- Clips onto shirt!
- Simple, easy to use
- Solid and reliable
- Not so straightforward as it seems
- Simple, easy to use… if you practice.
We’ve seen at least two fish knot tying designs that are usually available to the market. You have the generic multi-tool type, and the more specific mechanism types. The Lake Products THREE-in-One Knot Tying Tool is kinda a mix of both, with simple, but effective usage advantages that overlap each other.
First off, the magnetic eye threading feature. This is designed to keep your fly, hook, or popper steady for the fixed line to insert itself properly before looping. This isn’t as straightforward as other mechanical knot tying tools, but like I said, it’s also a multi-tool so the user still has half the manual action to do it.
While catching the line to knot and loop around the hook takes some extra steps, the motion is done with more efficiency. It’s just a matter of placing the line around the thicker edge after inserting it, opening and closing the top to grip the ends of the line together, and just pulling till the knot forms and tightens.
The cardboard seal on the box says that this tool is optimized for users with stiff fingers. I don’t actually have fingers that are that stiff, but I can say it does live up to this design to an extent. I would expect this to be used effectively even by older enthusiasts, who may no longer have fingers as dexterous as the slightly younger we.
Despite its straightforward use, I have to admit that it may also have a few weaknesses in its application. Opening and closing the top grip, for example, requires pressing on the plunger part and affixing both ends of the line at the same time.
But all in all, the benefits still outweigh the inconveniences. It’s a simple tool that might take some practice to use unlike a more mechanical knot tying tools, but it is a great asset once you learn the hoops (pun intended). Clips onto your shirt too!
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