Learning To Tie Fly Fishing Knots
Popular KnotsOne of the most discouraging things that can happen after you've made the perfect cast, positioned your fly well and have gotten a fish to take is for one of your knots to break. Plenty of anglers can tell tales of watching a perfect catch get away right before landing it because of a poorly-chosen or poorly-tied knot. Indeed, fly fishing knots can be an angler's weakest link. Fortunately, you only have to master a few. Here are some of the most widely-used...
Arbor Knot - This knot is used to secure the backing line to the reel's arbor. It's tied overhand twice for increased stability.
Blood Knot - When you need to connect 2 fly lines with similar diameters, you can use the Blood Knot. It's an intricate knot that's best used for lines that are 10wt or more.
Dropper Loop - This is a creative knot that typically ties in the middle of a leader. It's designed to provide an extra loop through which you can secure another fly.
Perfection Loop - Also called the Loop To Loop Knot, it's useful when you need to connect 2 lines together that are both looped on the ends.
Surgeon's Knot - Drawing its name from the surgical process of putting pressure on sutures, this knot is commonly-used by anglers to join 2 lines together. Many anglers prefer this knot to connect a tippet to a leader.
Albright Knot - This is the knot used to connect 2 fly lines of different diameters. The knot is strong and is used by experienced fly fishermen to tie their fly line to the backing line near the reel.
A Few Quick TipsKnowing which fly fishing knots to tie for a given set of circumstances is important. But, it's just as important to tie them properly. Even veteran anglers have lost their prey due to knots that were poorly-tied. There are 3 things you can do to help ensure your fly knots are secure.
First, moisten the knots before you tighten them. Either use your saliva or water. It'll help your knots slip into place more easily and prevent heat from weakening the line. Second, after you've tied your knot, pull on it. You'd be surprised how many anglers neglect to actually test their knots only to discover too late that they were poorly-tied. Third, trim the excess line from your knots. But, make sure you don't damage the knot in the process.