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Flyfishing Knots

Helpfull methods for tying knots

 

Knot Index

Basic Advice on Tying Knots

It is important not only to select the right knot for a particular job but to tie it properly. Poorly Tied knots will mean lost fish and aggravation. Here are a few basic steps to follow when tying all knots for fly fishing.

Lubricate knots: Before you tighten a knot, lubricate it with saliva or by dipping it in the water. This will help the knot slide and seat properly. Lubrication also decreases excessive heat which dramatically weakens monofilament. Heat is generated by the friction created when knots are drawn up tight.

Seat the knot: Tighten knots with a steady, continuous pull. Make sure the knot is tight and secure. After it is tied, pull on the line and leader to make sure it holds. It is better to test it now than when a fish is on.

Trim neatly: Use nippers to trim the material as close as possible without nicking or damaging the knot.

Using Fly Fishing Knots

Backing to Reel:
Backing to Fly Reel Knot
Backing to Fly Line:
Albright Knot or
Nail Knot
Fly Line to Braided Leader:
Loop-to-Loop Connection
Fly Line to Leader:
Nail Knot
Fly Line to Permanent Mono Loop:
Nail Knot a 6"-8" monofilament butt section, then Loop-to-Loop Connection using Perfection Loop or Surgeon's Loop
Braided Leader Butt to Tippet:
Loop-to-Loop Connection using Perfection Loop on tippet or Surgeon's Loop on tippet
Hand-Tied Leader:
Barrel Knots or Surgeon's Knots
Leader to Tippet:
Surgeon's Knot or Barrel Knot
Tippet to Fly:
(a) Clinch Knot
(b) Duncan Loop

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