Originally Posted by striperjim
Thats a pretty good tip right there. Salivary amylase (Saliva) is a digestive enzyme. Im sure it really doesnt matter much as the knot gets washed with water quickly, but hey the knot loses breaking strength at the molecular level by bending so why Knot use the chapstik. Its a huge advantage being confident with your knots IMO.
I don't like to use saliva just for that reason you mentioned. I will sometimes sit down and tie 10, 20 or more leaders of all differnet hooks and configurations. Heck with a high low rig there's 4 knots right there.
Many swear by chapstick for the slim beauty and it makes the Dropper Loop a breeze. These leaders may sit for a week, month or more. With the chapstick the knots slip tight much easier as pulling that loop tight on a palomar with 60# mono/fluoro is a pain is the arse. This tip came from a famous fly maker, many also use it instead of dubbing wax. Just search chapstick and knot tying or even fly tying and you will find many posts.
Oh and throw some of that tounge action my way