It doesn't take much to learn the art of tying knots and there is no need to be intimidated by them. There is little fun in fishing for hours only to lose your catch because you had no idea how to tie a fly fishing knot? While you may not have had the pleasure of Boy Scout or Girl Guide training, it is never too late to learn the art of knot tying. I will introduce you to some of these knots and if you wish to learn them, instructions are plentiful online.
There are some basic fly fishing knots that you should become familiar with. Each knot serves its own purpose and can be critical to your survival in the fishing world. The Albright Knot is used to tie backing line to the fly line. It is a strong durable knot that ties two different lines together. Even though it is a relatively smooth knot that can easily pass through guides, a coating of rubber based cement can make it even smoother and more secure.
The Slip Knot is for tying backing line to reel line while the Improved Clinch Knot and the Double Turtle knots are ideal for fastening a fly to the tippet. With the Improved Clinch Knot you can secure fishing line to a swivel, line or hook and is regarded as a standby that the fly fisherman can depend on. It has, and involves, an extra tuck under the last turn for improved security. The Improved Clinch Knot is perhaps most important when used to tie on your flies.
The Surgeon Knot and the Perfection Loop Knot are both great for creating a loop in the leader or dropper. A Double Surgeon knot can be used to join two lines, slightly unequal lines, together and is a fairly easy knot to do. The Nail Knot is a very important knot for the fly fisherman and can be very useful for joining the fly to the backing line and for joining two lines of similar diameter.
Understanding the uses of fishing knots and their importance in assembling your gear is critical to maximizing your fishing experience. When tying knots, concentrate on being neat, ensuring that the knots are well tightened. Remember, if you want to keep your fish and bait on your line you would need to master the art of tying fishing knots.
For more detailed information on these and other fly fishing knots, here are some books that would help: The Guide to Fly Fishing Knots by Larry V. Knotley.and Fly Fishing Knots and Rigs by Trevor Hawkins.
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