Tie Fly Fishing Knots
Learning how to tie fly fishing knots is a very important part of the fly fishing process. If you don't have a good knot you, may be waving goodbye to the fish you just spent the last fifteen minutes reeling in. There are many different knots needed for different parts of the line, and certain knots are needed for specific types of line.
- The Albright knot. The Albright fly fishing knot is used when you have lines with different diameters. Make a loop with the heavier line and then pass the lighter line through the loop and then wrap it around the outside of the heavier line about ten times. After the tenth wrap, bring it through the remaining part of the loop. Push the wrapped line together to tighten but make sure they don't overlap.
- The Mono Knot. This is one of the strongest fly fishing knots. To start, make an over hand knot with an extra 8 inches left out. Thread the tag end through the eye of the fishing hook and then bring the line back through the knot on the same side it came out. Then wrap it a number of times depending on the weight of the line. After you wrap it, pass the line back through the overhand knot the same way it came out.
- The Arbot knot. The arbor knot is used to tie the backing to the fly fishing reel. You need to wrap the line around the arbor of your spool, and then tie an overhand knot around the standing line. Then tie another overhand knot on the tag end a few inches away from the first knot. Moisten the fly fishing line and the knots to tighten the smaller knot. The first knot needs to be pulled against the arbor of the spool.
- The Nail knot. This fly fishing knot is used to attach the leader to the fly line. Use a nail between the fly line and the leader. Wrap the leader back towards the end of the fly line about six times. Then, pass the end of the leader back through the loops and pull on both ends of the fly line. Remove the nail, moisten and tighten by pulling both ends.
- The Improved Clinch knot. A fly fishing knot used to attaching the leader to the fly, this is one of the most important knots you'll need to know. To start, thread the leader tippet through the eye of the hook. Wrap the end of the leader around the standing line about five times. Take the tag end of the leader and thread it through the gap between the hook and the first wrap. Hold on to the hook and tighten by pulling on the leader, making the knot sit tightly agains the hook.