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Arbor Knot (Canadian Jam Knot)
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Animation: Arbor Knot (Canadian Jam Knot) Tying
Arbor Knot (Canadian Jam Knot) TyingPass the fishing line round the arbor. With the free end, tie an overhand knot around the line. Then tie a second overhand knot in the free end to act as a stopper. Finally, slide the knots down tight against the arbor.
Arbor Knot Details
Uses: The Arbor Knot is used to attach the fishing line to the "Arbor" or "Spool Center". In fact the Arbor Knot is really based on a noose knot and, therefore, pulling tightens it. The same knot is used in Bushcraft under the name Canadian Jam Knot where a light rope, e.g., paracord, is being used to compress a load such as a sleeping bag or is used as the first step in creating a lashing.
Tying it: When the Arbor is accessible, the easiest way to tie the Arbor knot is to create a Noose, drop it on the Arbor and pull it to tighten it. If you make a Slip Knot by mistake it will just pull undone. Alternatively, as shown in the animation, first pass the free end around the Arbor or the load; then use the free end to tie the first overhand knot around the line.
Second Overhand Knot: The extra Overhand Knot in the Tag End is tied close beside the first one. It is essential: as the knot is tightened it snugs down against the Arbor.
Improved Version: Some fishermen wind the loop two or three times around the Arbor before making the first Half Hitch. This increases the friction, which may be useful on a highly polished reel. The direction of these turns is critical. They should be wrapped as though tying a Tensionless Knot: rotating the reel should tighten the wraps.
Advantages: The Arbor (Canadian Jam) Knot) is simple, easily learned and effective.
Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.
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