Knots for Horsehair Lines

by Edwin
(Cornwall, UK)

Coracle

Coracle

Very interesting site and something that was completely new to me.

What are the actual knots used to tie segments of horsehair line together please? I would like to try fishing with a thickish horsehair line made in this way from my skin-covered coracle. Tried some hand breaking strain tests on horsetail hairs and combined they are certainly strong enough.

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Nov 28, 2010
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Hide boats and horsehair
by: Anonymous

Authentic, then. I very much enjoyed Tim Severen's book "The Brendan Voyage." Skin boats, like horsehair lines, I guess, may be a step back in time, but they are still very effective.

You could make a hand line, but to be strong enough it would have to be fairly thick. I would think a rod made from Mr. Faulkner's willow or hazel would allow you to use a thinner line.

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Coracle
by: Edwin

The hide is cow which is why I call the boat "Bluebell". made for me by Peter Faulkner
http://www.coraclesandcurrachs.com/index.html

Nov 21, 2010
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Knots for horsehair lines
by: TenkaraBum

I use a water knot (also called a surgeon's knot), as specified by Dame Juliana Berners in her Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle. She also indicated that a duchess knot could be used, but the duchess knot is lost to history.

Be sure to wet the knot before you tighten it. This is even more critical for horsehair than it is for mono or fluorocarbon.

Very nice coracle. What did you use for the skin? I was quite interested in skin on frame boats for a while, but never actually made one. Someday, perhaps.

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