Since knots have been a source of frustration recently, I decided to spend some more time practicing the double surgeon. One of the problems for me is the contrast when "following" which line is which. So this morning I colored the lines with different colored magic markers and problem solved. Once a little confidence is built up I will be able to put this crutch away but I did tie my first double surgeon knot successfully today. The weather here looks like rain for the next several days (off and on) so I am going to practice my knots and not go fishing although I was tempted to go at 0500 today.
Another source of frustration is the line being curled so I bought a "leader straightener" to help. This also has helped tamp down the frustration level and allowed me to get over another small hurdle that will make time at the river that much more enjoyable. A few steps backwards to eventually make strides forward.
I have to bide my time and get all the fundamentals right because I am in this thing for the long haul.