Cyberspace – As we all know, there is a plethora of information available on the web, we also know that some is, how do I say this politely, JUNK. However, once in a while we find a site that just sucks you in. Animated Knots by Grog is one such site whether you are a fisherman or not. It is my #1, “go to” site for knots. Doesn’t matter if it’s for a bowline on my bow line or a Triliene knot for my Trico, this is the place to go. It has a wealth of information that is presented in a logical, easy to understand manner.
The site has a nice History webpage that details the history of Grog and the family that currently runs the site. In your younger days, you many have thought that Grog was some sort of alcoholic beverage in a jug that you slung over your shoulder and pulled the cork with your teeth. Wrong buck-o!
The Grog website is one of the best, if knot (a little play on words) the very best knot tying website that I have seen. There are knots for everyone. You can visually learn to tie a Climbers’ Alpine Butterfly Bend, a Boaters’ Running Bowline, and Fishermans’ Palomar Knot , and just about everything in between. There is a sequence of photos for each knot that shows each step with crisp, clear photos that are animated to step you through the knot tying process. Back it up and play it again if you don’t quite get it or go directly to any step/photo along the way. In addition there are videos for each knot.
Just when you thought that this website had everything a person needs relating to knots. Not so fast, in June of 2010, they released an iPhone app. Following that release, nearly all the knots were re-photographed and a new app was release in February of 2011. Recently for those of us that haven’t sipped the iKoolaid, they have released an Android app for your Android powered smartphone or tablet.
Now you can have your “pocket reference manual” with you on your smartphone at all times. You can watch knots being tied while test driving your Barcolounger in the living room, in the john (not Holyoke), on the way to your favorite fishing hole (if you aren’t driving) and while tying on that size 20 Elk Hair Caddis. Doesn’t get much better than that.
The charge for the App is $4.99, about the cost of one grande Choke-a-Loca-Frappa-Crappa-Latte Expresso with caramel drizzle from Starbucks.. Grab your computer or smartphone and a short length of rope or fishing line and visit the website (or download the app). Make sure you give yourself plenty of “site time”, you’ll need it!