If you can’t tie knots, tie lots…….

Daiwa Sokkou Knot Tying Tool

Daiwa Sokkou Knot Tying Tool

…..Or get yourself one of the Daiwa Sokkou knot tying tools!

Why is it that tying knots always seems to get more and more complicated.  I recall that my first leader to mainline knot was the double uni knot then I progressed onto the albright knot and slim beauty knot.  All of these I tied with a single mainline and then later I doubled the mainline for additional strength, I even tied a bimini twist at some point.

Despite the fact that you learn to tie these knots in some pretty adverse conditions and rather quickly, they do take time.  A couple of weeks ago I started to question whether it was necessary to spend so much time tying these fancy knots when some of the simpler knots used to work just as well.  Sure there is probably merit for these knots when fishing heavy line popping for GT’s or jigging for Kings but for the light line fishing I do, I have come to the conclusion that there is probably little breaking strain difference between the knots and the actual leader material I use.

These thoughts progressed onto some conversations and research and I decided to give the Daiwa Sokkou Knot tying tool a go.

Knot tied with Sokkou tool.

Knot tied with Sokkou tool.

The Sokkou tool is a simple little piece of equipment that allows you to quickly and easily join your leader and mainline by simply laying both lines side by side, creating a loop, then using the Sokkou tool, creating a number of twists before using the retractable hook to pull the leader and tag end through and securing the knot.  Essentially it ties what is called a Seaguar knot.  It’s slim, and definitely strong and is the knot that I have been using when tying new leaders since I have discovered it.

If however I need to retie an existing leader which has a lure attached, since the entire leader (lure and all) needs to be pulled through the knot, I have now reverted back to the simple albright knot.  No doubling the mainline, no bimini twists.  It takes no time at all and has probably caused me less trouble than trying to perfect the slim beauty knot with a doubled mainline.

You can take a look the Sokkou tool and other Daiwa tools here, while there is also a video below taken from Daiwa Australia’s YouTube channel which shows exactly how to tie this knot using the Sokkou tool.

5 responses to “If you can’t tie knots, tie lots…….

  1. Looks like a very handy tool, especially when tying in the wind and early mornings when the hands are cold.
    Wade

    • Wade, I hadn’t thought about cold hands in winter yet. I definitely think it will be useful in those early morning situations as well.

  2. Hi Ian,
    I am a self proclaimed knot junkie and really enjoyed your article. I spend hours on the Youtube watching various knots from all over the world trying to find a “perfect knot”. Just curious, can you do a comparison between the Slim beauty and Seaguar to see which one is slimmer? I am a big fan of a SB but a Seaguar looks interesting and is fairly simple to tie.
    Cheers
    Alex

    • Hi Alex,

      I too am a big fan of the slim beauty. The Seaguar is bulkier but as you have pointed out it is very simple to tie. Just like any other knot I’ve tied before, I’ll check and retie if it sounds a little clunky going through the guides. Give it a go.

      Regards,

      Ian Seeto.

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