Fly Fishing Knots

Fly fishing is an extremely popular sport, and for good reason. It is exciting, fun, challenging, and allows the fisherman to have a true hands-on experience with nature. Fly fishing knots play a crucial role in the successful catch. Many fishermen consider tying these knots a true art form, and not just a part of the sport itself. There are some important things to remember when learning to tie fly fishing knots. First and foremost, the knot should be properly lubricated. This can be done by simply dipping it into the water, or using saliva. By lubricating the knot, it will slide much easier, and will also sit better. This also reduces heat, which can help avoid the line from breaking. Knots should be tied securely with a steady and continuous pulling motion. Once it has been tied, it is always a good idea to test the knot before trying out in the water. By testing the knot, you can see how much weight it will hold without breaking so you don't lose a fish. Always trim fly fishing knots neatly, using small cutters or nail clippers. Trimming the knot as closely as possible is essential so that there is no excess material hanging off of it.

There are many different kinds of fly fishing knots, and each has its own nickname that helps to distinguish it. Some examples of fly fishing knot names are the arbor, surgeon's loop, albright, clinch, sturgeon, blood, and turle, to name a few. Each one is tied differently and looks completely different from the other. The method of tying the knots can be quite meticulous, and many fishermen tie them ahead of time using a vice and a magnifying glass, so that they can see the details up close and take their time with it. Good lighting should be used, so that the knot is tied accurately and tightly. Practice tying the knots a few times, so that you feel confident in using the final ones for actual fly fishing. Attach the leader to the line once you've finished tying and attaching the knot. Be sure the leader or lure/fly is attached securely. What kind of knot you choose will depend on your fishing style, location, and the type of fish you're trying to catch. Remembering to lube, tie tightly, and test your knots are the keys to having the best luck when fly fishing.