First, we want to thank everyone who has bought the Angler's Ace blood knot tool and have had success with it. We appreciate each and every fly fisher that loves our blood knot tool!
Great seller. Quick shipping. Outstanding customer service! Awesome product. - Jon
Interesting tool that is well made. Looking forward to experimenting with it. - Adrian
This tool is so good I should have purchased 3 more! - James
Every Fly Fisherman should have this tool in his Vest or Tackle Box!!!!!!! - Ben
A blood knot is a knot that joins two lines together.
The Blood Knot’s Purpose
The purpose of a blood knot is to keep the line straight and not have any kinks in the fishing line. The other purpose of a blood knot is to make the knot strong. This is done by how many loops are on each side.
Animated knots have a great tutorial on how to tie a blood knot by hand.
Although it looks easy to do with rope, blood knots can become cumbersome when your fingers are cold or with the loss of dexterity.
How a Blood Knot is Used in Fly Fishing
Blood knots are used in fly fishing because they allow you to make tapered leaders, which are leaders made out of graduated lengths of monofilament. The blood knot helps keep the line straight with no kinks.
The Anglers Ace Blood Knot Tool makes it easy for fly fishers to tie blood knots in any condition. It also makes the process faster.
See our instructions here.
Our blood knot tool is affordable and easy to keep in a fishing vest. It’s lightweight. If you drop the blood knot tool, it will float. The Angler's Ace blood knot tool comes in bright colors making it easy to find in water or tall grass. The Anglers Ace Blood Knot tool is the perfect tool for any fly fisherman who wants to DIY their tapered leaders.
Have questions about the Anglers Ace Blood Knot Tool? We’d like to hear from you! You can email Chip here.
The Angler’s Ace blood knot tool was invented by Charlie Howell, an avid fisherman, and hunter. The idea of a blood knot tool came to Charlie when a good friend of his named Paul visited their home in Montana.
While fishing with Paul, an older guy with thicker fingers, tried to tie a blood knot with monofilament. He had limited dexterity, so he struggled with the knot. Charlie said, “the whole process went on for quite some time.”
He began to think that there had to be a better way than just using your hands. Maybe there was a tool on the market that could help. He looked online at several different options and ended up buying them all. He tried each one with little success and efficiency.
He thought maybe it would be a good idea for his wife to try the tools out as well. She grew up in Montana fishing and thought she might have better luck with the other blood knot tools since her fingers were smaller. However, she couldn’t figure out the tools and their instructions either.
Charlie then started to wonder if he could invent a tool that would be better. Anglers Ace blood knot tool was born. It started out with the disk separate from the card part. When he figured out that his invention worked, he asked his son-in-law to look at it. He suggested that the blood knot tool would be better in one piece. So that’s what Charlie set out to do, creating a blood knot tool that encompassed both the disc and card parts.
Soon after using the tool for a while with blood knots, Charlie discovered that it worked well for making your own tapered leaders. The blood knot tool can tie all kinds of fishing line without kinking it, even the tippet.
To read more about how the tool works visit our instructions page.
As weather conditions across the United States are beginning to turn cold and most people are hanging up their gear I believe this is the best time of year to fish in California. Since one half of the Angler’s Ace team lives in the mountains of the Sierra I have to take every opportunity I can get to fish here.
The colder months in California are not that cold in a lot of places, plus there is the added benefit that not as many people are out crowding the shores. So don’t hang up that gear quite yet and head on out to these 6 places to get more fishing in.
The trinity river is 110 miles long. It’s known to be one of the best steelhead streams on the west coast.
The entire river is almost all wild. It runs through BLM land, Six Rivers National Forest and Shasta Trinity National Forest.
The Steelhead in the river now are mainly from restoration efforts, since dams that were built in the 1960’s led to the steep decline of the species. Now scientists estimate the population into the thousands.
Daytime highs are usually in the 60’s from now until March, but temperatures can often be below freezing. Fall and winter are not for the faint of heart when fishing on the Trinity River, but there is more than just Steelhead to catch. There are also Chinook and Coho salmon as well as brown trout.
The upper 40 miles of the river is where most of the best fishing occurs. You can float or wade in most spots.
Stocked by California’s Fish and Wildlife department with trout, bass and catfish. In Mono and Inyo counties waters are open year around. The crowds are low especially before or after storms.
Best places for fly fishing in designated waters in Mono County are Hot Creek and Upper Owens River. You may even want to explore Bishop County’s Pleasant Valley Reservoir that feeds into Owns River for brown and rainbow trout.
Lower Sacramento River
The Lower Sacramento River has an interesting history that you can find out more about here, but what can really be said about this river is that there are more than 50 miles of good fishing. It’s been known to have average catches of 16 inches, but is commonly known to have several rainbow trout over 20 inches. Since there is a lot of space on this river to fish you’ll often feel alone as fisherman can spread out along this river.
The California Delta offers a variety of fishing opportunities during the winter months and with recreational boaters packed up for the winter you’ll have a peaceful expedition. The Delta hosts a number of different species from bass, catfish, Bluegill, salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon. With temperatures ranging from 55 to 65 degrees fahrenheit from November to March the Delta is perfect to keep fishing all through winter.
The Delta also offers many fishing tournaments with big prizes. If you don’t like fish don’t worry the Delta is full of crawfish if that’s more your speed.
Southern California Lakes
With average temperatures in the high 60s you can’t go wrong fishing in any Southern California Lake. There are easily over 100 lakes to visit and you can find out which ones are the best by visiting this website.
Beach and Pier Fishing
One of the greatest fishing experiences in California is beach and pier fishing. The coast is always a great place to visit at any time of the year. Some places in Northern California might be a little cold, but what you can catch in the ocean is worth the chill. The most common fish caught from the beach or pier is surperch, halibut, bass, and smelt. To find out more about beach and pier fishing visit California Fish and Wildlife.
Don’t forget that you might be struggling to tie blood knots during the colder months, so this is the best time to use the Angler’s Ace blood knot tool! Get yours in the store today!
Looking for a quick way to make dinner tonight from your fresh catch? Try the recipe below. It's one of my favorites.
8-12 ounces skinless white fish fillets
Sea salt and pepper
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
4 tablespoons roughly chopped flat leaf parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1. Rinse the fish fillets and blot dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
2. Heat butter in a large sauté pan over medium low heat. When the butter foams, place the fish into the pan. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
3. Tilt the pan toward you and using spoon, ladle the garlic butter over the fish. Continue to baste while the fish is sautéing for 2-3 minutes.
4. Gently flip fish with a spatula. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 2 minutes.
5. Uncover pan and continue basting fish with butter, until it is just cooked through, another minute or two.
6. Add 3 tablespoons of parsley and turn off heat.
7. Transfer fish onto platter or individual plates. Tilt pan and spoon butter sauce evenly over fillets. Sprinkle with remaining parsley and lemon juice.
There are lots of ways to tie a blood knot and there are many tools on the market to help you, but there’s nothing like the Angler’s Ace Blood Knot Tool to help you tie blood knots easily and efficiently!
Here are 3 reasons the Angler’s Ace is the best blood knot tool on the market.
1. It's Small
The Angler’s Ace blood knot tool is the width and height of a credit card. It is slightly thicker than a credit card, but can still easily fit in a pocket on your fishing vest, in your pants pocket or even your wallet.
2. It Floats
Unlike other tools made from metal we make our blood knot tool from PVC plastic giving its ability to float, plus it comes in bright colors which makes easy to spot when dropped in the water.
Since the Angler’s Ace is so affordable you can buy multiple and stash them in tackle boxes, vests and cars, always having one on hand in case you forget it when you leave the house.