Use Chapstick To Tighten A Knot

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This week’s RIO Fly Fishing Tip is an excellent little tip that shows how effective using chap stick is on a knot when tightening it - much better than saliva. Correctly lubricating a knot before tightening it ensures the knot will seat down tight and as small as possible and, more importantly, ensures the leader doesn't get burned or nicked during the tightening process, which would result in a weak spot in the leader or tippet material.

RIO's Fly Fishing Tips series are short, less-than-a-minute videos, each bought to you by a RIO employee or ambassador and showing a single fly fishing tip to help you become a better fly fisher. The series includes freshwater, saltwater and Spey topics, and a mix of casting, fishing and gear tips - some basic, some technical, and everything in between.

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