The Needle Knot is a very small neat knot used to tie a mainline to a leadcore leader. As for knot strength the needle knot rates at approximately 100%. The kneedle knot is the prefered knot when considering carp safety as due to its compactness it allows beads, hooklinks, rings etc. to slide of easily in the event of the mainline breaking. The Items you will need to tie this knot are leadcore in this instance I am using ESP Bulk Spool Leadcore in the Choddy Silt colour, a largish sewing needle, a lighter, some scissors and your mainline obviously.
Pull out an inch or two of the lead from the leadcore.
Snip of the lead wire
Insert the kneedle into the empty leadcore sheath and seal the fibres with the lighter to prevent fraying
Thread your mainline through the kneedle and thread the kneedle through the leadcore and out of the side approx. half an inch in
Pull the kneedle and mainline through the leadcore sheath
Lay the kneedle alongside the leadcore sheath like so
Whip the mainline around the leadcore and kneedle 5-6 times in the direction of mainline
Thread the tag end of the mainline through the eye of the kneedle
Pull the kneedle and tag end through the loops created by the whipping
Moisten the knot then slowly pull the mainline and tag end in opposite directions to bed down the knot
Carefully snip of the tag end
The Finished Kneedle Knot
Your knot should look even neater as I have used an extremely thick line for photographic clarity.
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