Fishing Basics – Knot Tying – How to tie a Lasso knot
This is just a quick post in response to a question I was asked a few weeks ago when out fishing using Pellets. I was alternating between a few rigs which had various hook set up’s (using the pole), these were;
- A haired 8mm pellet,
- A banded 6mm pellet, and
- A lassoed 6mm pellet.
I was then asked how I tied a lasso knot, as the angler asking didn’t have any pellet bands with him. I admitted of the three methods I like the lasso least as I think the presentation of the pellet is not as good, when compared with either the haired or banded approaches. However, I proceeded to show him how I was taught to tie the lasso knot, and for those wondering, here’s how you can too!
1. Bring your line together and form a loop.
2. Now you have a formed loop, using the tag (shorter) end of the line, bring it back around, inside the existing loop to form a smaller secondary loop.
3. Once you have the two formed loops thread the tag end though both loops wrapping around both pieces of line (inside both loops) 4 or 5 times (any more and you weaken the knot, causing breakages).
4. Lubricate well, and slowly pull tight on the tag end. This will tighten up the knot, pulling the smaller secondary loop tight, and will leave one remaining loop.
5. Pulling the tag end tighter will decrease the size in the last remaining loop. This is your lasso – which you can tighten or slacken, allowing you to fish various sized pellets.
There you have it. A lasso knot, which can be used to fish pellets, or any bait which cant be held in place by a tight knot.
The below image is a larger example of the 3 set ups I was using on the day.
|Left to right, Banded, Lasso and Standard Hair rig.|
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