How to tie the surgeon’s knot (Triple)?
The Surgeon’s knot was originally designed to keep the sutures closed while the surgeon finished stitching. It quickly gained popularity with anglers. The Surgeon’s Knot is easy to tie, even with cold hands. It can be used to join lines of different sizes and/or materials.
A lot of knots are tied with just two twists. Adding a third will significantly increase the integrity of this knot in any line type.
How to tie the Surgeon’s knot?
- Join the ends of the lines that you want to overlap.
- With the two lines, make a small loop.
- Turn the tag end three times.
- You will need to wet the knot before you can cinch it down. To ensure integrity, you will need to pull all four strands together.Test it before you use!
Why Rely on the Surgeon’s Knot?
- Strong –When tied correctly, the Surgeon’s Knot can be very strong, especially if it is in identical or similar lines.
- Quick –In real-world conditions, I don’t think there is a faster knot. No problem with wet or cold hands, rocking boat and blood, or fish slime.
- Simple –The Surgeon’s Knot can be tied in a few minutes. This knot is easy to tie.
The Surgeon’s Knot: What’s not to love?
Since its inception, the Surgeon’s knot has enjoyed a loyal following due to its strength, ease, speed, and longevity. While there are many knots that can be used to join lines of different diameters, none are as fast or easy to tie in real life.
However, it has its problems.
The most serious problem with the knot is, according to experts such as Brant Oswald (a fly guide and instructor), “If one of the strands cuts across the other as a knot rolls over into the figure 8, the knot will be quite fragile and it isn’t due to any error by the angler tying it.”
This is why: Before you use your Surgeon’s Knot, make sure to test it.
It’s also not a 100% knot, as you will often hear. However, this is only true for two reasons. It doesn’t cut through itself when cinching and it can be used to join lines with very similar diameters.
The Surgeon’s Knot, and all its extra turns, are not 100% when lines vary in size. Indeed, careful testing byField & StreamIt was discovered that integrity was compromised when Tying 10-pound Seaguar InvizX fluorocarbon to 10-pound Trilene Big Game monofilament with Triple Surgeon’s Knot, at approximately 6 pounds. 65% of the line’s rated strength.
The Surgeon’s knot is used to connect a fluoroo-to-braid connection, such as a 10-pound InvizX fluorocarbon or a 30-pound FireLine braid. This causes the knot integrity (Quadruple surgeon) to fail.80%.
This is a great number considering the materials used!
There are two stronger knots that can join lines of dissimilar sizes: the J Knot and the Palomar to swivel towards Palomar. There are no faster or more efficient ways to tie a tie..
It is up to you to decide whether you want to use the Surgeon’s knot.
The Surgeon’s Knot for Braid and Fluorocarbon
Engineers call nylon monofilament a high-coefficient of friction. This means that it loves to grip and bite itself. This makes it easy for knots in nylon monofilament to hold. The Surgeon’s Knot is able to hold well in mono, particularly if the lines are similar in diameter.
Fluorocarbon behaves much like mono when it comes to friction against itself. It also loves to bite. You will rarely need to join fluorocarbon to fluoro. It’s much more likely that fluorocarbon leaders will be used on braid or mono, and they will have very different diameters.
The Surgeon’s Knot is the shining star!
Braid is as easy as a politician at a fundraiser. However, it will hold better if you add loops to the Surgeon’s Knot (up to four). A Quadruple Surgeon can tie strong mono and fluoro-to-braid connections. I recommend adding two extra loops to any superline.
What Happens When Surgeon’s Knots FAIL?
Although the Surgeon Knot is strong and reliable with at least three or four turns, it can also fail. These are the most likely culprits:
- Tie your knot using frayed or damaged lines Knot integrity will be compromised if the line is damaged. You should always inspect your line for fraying or nicks.
- Do not tie the knot before you cinch. This step should not be skipped! Water or spitting helps to lubricate your line. This allows it to glide into place and form tight knots.
- Strands are cut across their bodies during cinching If equal pressure is not applied at all four ends during cinching, knot failure can occur. Even if you do everything correctly, this can happen. Always check your Surgeon’s Knot before trusting it.
- Radially different line diameters Although the Surgeon’s Knot can handle a lot, joining 30-pound braid to an 80-pound fluorocarbon may be too difficult.