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Tenkara Level Line

How to tie the Tenkara Level Line To Rod Knot Tenkara rods require the fly line ("traditional" furled lines as well as "Level Lines") to be attached directly to the rod tip. The tip of all tenkara rods consist of a strong braided material called the lilian string permanently attached to the rod at the factory. It is generally recommended to tie a stopper knot in the lilian for attaching traditional line. However, when using level line the stopper knot is optional, but recommended. See also the Tenkara Traditional Line to Rod Knot Tenkara level line to rod knot Tenkara level line is attached to the lilian utilizing a simple slip knot loop tied in the level line. The lilian, (with or without a stoppe knot) is then passed through the loop and the slip loop is tightened down on the lilian.

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Tenkara Level Line


Tenkara Level Line To Rod Knot Tying Instructions

  • Tie a slip loop knot at the end of the level line. This is done by tying an overhand knot with the tag end around the standing part. Some people also tie a stopper knot at the very end of the level line (the part that will be the tag end of the slip loop) for extra security.

  • Pass the end of the lilian through the loop two times. If the lilian has a stopper knot be sure to go past the stopper. Some people make three wraps for extra security, but two will suffice.

  • Tighten the knot down by holding the two wraps of the lilian together and pulling the level line to tighten the slip loop down onto the lilian.

  • To loosen the knot to remove the level line, hold the lilian firmly (with the hard tip of the rod safely inside the rod sections) and tug on the tag end of the slip knot. This will open the slip loop knot and the lilian can be pulled free.
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