The Bimini Twist is one of the most important knots most fly fisherman should know, but it is also one of the most intimidating. Well, it shouldn’t be. With a little practice almost anyone can become quite proficient at it. The Bimini Twist is great for creating loops in mono or backing while maintaining the materials full breaking strength.
- Begin by creating a loop and twist it using your hand to rotate inside the loop. You should create 20-25 twists in the line.
- Attach the loop to something secure (ie-a cleat in the boat, your knee, your toe, a post of some kind), just be sure you don’t damage the line in the process. Our anchor is notated by “A” in our diagram.
- This is the tricky part…use your finger or a pen (“B” in the diagram) to pull the wraps (making the loop slightly larger). The tension from the tightening of the wraps will allow the tag end to spin or wrap back down over the original wraps. Cover the entire length of the original wraps with the new.
- Tie a half hitch around one of the legs.
- Tie a half hitch around the other leg.
- Tie a jam knot around both legs of the loop.
- Gently tighten the jam knot down towards the wraps.
- Trim the tag end.
- Secure the knot with super glue, Loon UV Knot Sense or Clear Cure Goo Flexible.
Illustrations by Greg Pearson