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How to Tie a Rib-Hitched Net on a Glass Fishing Float
       

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A 5" diameter float,  45' of #36 Twine, and roll of Vinyl tape

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Divide the Twine into two connected halves

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Take a turn around the float slightly off center and secure with tape

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Add a piece of tape for every row of hitches.  This will secure the starting row. This float will have seven rows

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Start the hitch working from the small side to the large

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A completed hitch

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Place a Hitch between every piece of tape

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Another completed hitch

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The start of the second pass

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A completed hitch

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The best way to pull the slack through the hitch

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Pulling a loop through will avoid creating twist in the running end

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Work will progress with a right hand spiral in each row

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Keep going round and round

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Net will get smaller as it approaches the Apex

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Begin to secure the end of the net

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Make several tight loops.  Pass the free end through the loops

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Bottom of float completed

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Now start the smaller side

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The work goes round and round.  The work goes well

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The net gets smaller

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While looping the bottom shut add the net attachment

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Top of Float is finished

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Remove all the tape

I work barefoot so I can know when the running end is under my feet.  I work with one long piece of rope,  but it can be done with several smaller lengths.

This net can be tied while sitting down in a chair, which is good . 

Practice makes perfect.  Even a badly completed net will teach you how to do better.  Start with a small float and new stiff twine.

If you drop the float on the floor it might break,  so work on a carpet or padded area.

The key to this method is securing the first row to the float with the tape and working from the small side to the big side first.

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Top of float with net attachment

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Bottom of float

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Completed float and tools used

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