Tying a knot is one of the essential techniques you must master in fly fishing.
It’s the direct and critical link between you and the fish, which can determine whether or not you’re going home with something.
It’s not just about knowing what the knots are. It’s also about doing them right and learning when to use them. With help from Scientific Anglers, here are some of the most popular fly fishing knots.
The arbor knot is the most common of them all, which anchors the backing to the spool center. When doing this knot, be sure to pull the knotted end out so it’s right next to the standing part of the backing. Also, keep in mind that the line must feed from the guide on the rod towards the bottom of the reel. Otherwise, you’re just going to wind in the wrong direction.
This know connects your flyline to the leader and is used for a smoother finish. Compared to other knots, the nail knot requires a tiny tube such as a barrel of a ballpoint pen or nail knot tool. When applying this knot, remember to double check the knot wraps for smoothness. Afterwards tighten the knot by simultaneously pulling on both ends of the leader. This way, it “bites” into the line.
This kind of knot is used for tying the backing to the fly line. The trick to pulling off this knot is to double back around two inches of fly line and hold the loop with your left thumb and forefinger. Furthermore, you need to push the tag end of the backing back through the loop on the side opposite where it originally entered. This way, both backing strands go out on the same side of the loop.
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