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So today is the day you’re going fishin.’ All the gear is on board, you’re behind the console with bow and stern fenders deployed, and bow and stern anchors secured to your boat’s cleats. Your buddy is hauling the truck and trailer back to the parking lot while you motor over to the dock to tie off and wait for him. What’s the best knot to use? The Cleat Hitch.
The Cleat Hitch is the ideal knot to secure a line to a cleat. It’s a simple knot that if done properly, won’t work itself loose. And finding your boat drifting in the middle of a busy harbor is not a good thing.
Tom Keer is an award-winning writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a Contributing Writer for Covey Rise magazine, a Contributing Editor for both Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer writes regularly for over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics related to fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor pursuits. When they are not fishing, Keer and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters. His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast was released in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or at www.thekeergroup.com.
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