A great knot resource, poorly packaged
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