Tie a fly fishing knot

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Instructions on How to Tie a Fly Fishing Knot

Fly fishing knots need not be complicated, but they can certainly seem so to a novice.

The basic connecting knots become simple with practice and understanding. This how-to outlines how to tie some of the basic fly fishing knots. The knots go in order from reel to fly.


How to tie an Arbor Knot

The Arbor knot connects the backing, which is the first section of filament, to the center of the reel, or reel arbor.

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    First, pass the filament around the arbor.
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  2. 2
    Pull the end of the line, which is now around the arbor, under the first line and tie an overhand knot.
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    To tie an overhand knot, pull the end of the line underneath the lead-in line.
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    Then bring the end around the lead-in line and across the top of itself.
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    Finally, pass the end of the line under the earlier loop.
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    Bring the end up through the loop, back above itself, and tighten by pulling it through.
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    Tie a second overhand knot with the end line around itself.
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    The first knot needs to be tightened against the arbor. You'll pull the first line away from the knot to tighten it around the arbor.
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How to tie an Albright Knot

The Albright Knot is a strong, durable knot which connects the fly line to the backing.

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    Place both ends of each line next to each other.
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    Loop the thicker backing line under and around the fly line.
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    Pull the end to rest along itself.
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    Pass the thinner fly line under both the end and the leading line of the backing line.
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    Wrap the fly line over then under itself and both parts of the backing line.
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    Perform this loop 10 times, each time looping the thin line towards itself.
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    Push the fly line through the loop created by the backing line and pull the end to tighten.
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    Clip the ends of both lines near.
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  • How to tie a Nail Knot

    The Nail knot is attaches the fly line to the leader line. This knot was originally completed with a nail, but a straw is much more convenient.

    1. 1
      Arrange the fly line and the leader line next to each other.
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      Pull the leader line over, the fly line, and then under. Then pull the leader line at a 90 degree downward.
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      Place a straw along the fly line and on top of the downward facing leader line.
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      Pass the leader line up and then under the fly line and the straw.
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      Make six complete loops up and under the line and straw.
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      On the final loop, pass the line over then under the lines and through the straw.
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      Pull the leader line to tighten the know, the straw should slide right out of the loops.
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      Tighten the lines and clip the ends.
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    How to tie a Surgeons Knot

    A Surgeon's knot attaches the tippet to the leader line.

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      The leader and the tippet are placed side-by-side. This knot is created with both lines at the same time.
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      Loop both lines up then under and through each other to create one large loop.
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      Repeat this loop twice. This is essentially an overhand knot with more loops.
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      Pull the ends and lines to tighten.
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      Clip the excess line from each end.
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    How to tie an Improved Clinch Knot

    Finally, an Improved Clinch Knot is tied in order to connect the eyelet of the fly lure with the tippet line.

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      Pass the tippet through the eyelet of the hook, and then over itself to form a loose loop.
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    2. 2
      Wrap the end up and around the line five times.
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      Pull the end down and pass it through the initial loop close to the eyelet.
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      Pass the end under the downward loop that was just created.
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      Tighten the line by pulling the end and clip the excess.
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    Tips Tricks & Warnings

    • Moisten the line before starting. Wetting the lines before tying creates a tighter knot.

    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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