A great knot re­source, poorly pack­aged

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - News & Views -

ONE of the more proac­tive tackle firms where so­cial me­dia is con­cerned, RIO seems sur­pris­ingly be­hind the times when it comes to the bare es­sen­tials of the mod­ern DVD. While the con­tent, which I’ll come to later, is ex­cel­lent, the in­tro and menu pre­sen­ta­tion are a step back into the 1980s. Re­gard­less of whether your bud­get runs to HD, im­agery needs to be much sharper than this. Get be­yond the sloppy win­dow-dress­ing, though, and this com­pen­dium of 23 knots re­ally starts earn­ing its corn. The pre­sen­ters of each short video use an over­sized hook and heavy­duty coloured leader and as a re­sult, the progress of each knot can be eas­ily fol­lowed; some­thing you can’t al­ways say about static di­a­grams on a printed page. Nine knots for at­tach­ing fly to leader are shown; six for fas­ten­ing leader to tip­pet and five loop knots, while an­other sec­tion of the DVD is de­voted to con­nect­ing back­ing to fly line and fly line to leader, in­clud­ing use­ful point­ers on how to make and at­tach a braided loop and how to use a nail knot tool. Each clip in­cludes an ex­pla­na­tion of the ad­van­tages of the knot and closes with an in­ter­est­ing seg­ment which shows the knot’s strength, by ex­press­ing the weight re­quired to break the knot, as a per­cent­age of the weight re­quired to snap a knot­less sec­tion of the leader. At one point, this ra­tio is used to demon­strate vividly the de­bil­i­tat­ing ef­fect that ‘wind knots’ have on your leader… The clos­ing sec­tion of the DVD ex­plains the num­bers be­hind tip­pet spec­i­fi­ca­tions; what they mean and how they are tested. RIO might want to look at sex­ing-up their dowdy pack­ag­ing some­what and un­doubt­edly at hon­ing their cam­era work, but none of this ul­ti­mately de­tracts from an ex­cel­lent re­source.

Favourite Fly Fish­ing Knots RIO Prod­ucts, £16.99 DVD Avail­able via Sport­fish, tel: 01544 327111, www.sport­fish.co.uk

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