Fly Fishing Knots

Four Knots: The Only Knots You’ll Need

“Better to know a knot and not need it, than need a knot and not know it.” – Grog


4. Nail Knot

The loop-to-loop connection between your fly line and leader can be very convenient.  It can also be a source cumbersome bulkiness, it can catch on the tip of your rod and snap off a big fish if you’re not paying attention, and it can spook fish when they see this strange looped line hit the surface.  Consider replacing that loop connection with a nail knot; trim your tag ends short and coat your knot with head cement or zap-a-gap.  Now you have a flawless fly line and leader connection that will not catch on the tip of your rod, it will reduce bulkiness, and it won’t spook fish.



3. Blood Knot

This versatile knot is basically two clinch knots securing similarly sized tippets together.  If you do not use tippet rings, this knot is one of your most used so be sure you can tie it well.  Complete at least 6 turns of the line when tying with 5x or finer line.



2. Improved Clinch Knot

If you fish, you know how to tie this knot.  It is the knot I use most – strong, easy to tie, ties well with any line diameter.


1. Non-Slip Mono Loop Knot

Creating a loop at the end of your tippet allows your fly to move freely without any resistance from your tippet and leader.  This is particularly important when your fly is underwater (nymphs, wet flies, and streamers).  When you use big nymphs, like a size 10 or 12 stone fly, a loop connection plays a huge role in keeping your fly realistic as it rolls, tumbles, and jigs in the water column.  The non-slip mono loop knot frees-up your fly without sacrificing any strength in tippet-to-fly connection.  Lubricate your knot well before tightening, and complete at least 7 or 8 turns when tying with 5x or finer tippet.



All of these videos come from Animated Knots.  Check out their website for all of your knot-tying answers.

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