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Video spotlight: Using nippers to beat knots

If you’re like me, and not the perfect fly caster in the wind, you’ve experienced your share of wind knots that have fouled up a solid hook-set or just made tough casting even harder. Getting wind knots is easy, really. Getting them untangled? Not so much. In the video below, Joe Shafer shows a simple solution on how to get rid of those annoying knots using the little barb that comes on most standard fly fishing nippers.

I’ve always used that little barb to clear hook eyes that might be clogged with a little too much cement. This simple application of the same tool just shows you how important a good, dependable set of nippers is on the water. Happy untangling!

— Chris Hunt

By Chris Hunt.