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Knots - the necessary evil of fly fishing.

One would think, as many times as I have thrown my flies in the bushes, that one would get
really good at tying knots. Well, I don't know about Good, but I have gotten a lot of practice
tying knots over the years. I'd thought I would share what I have learned.

Time spent learning how to tie basic knots efficiently will save you a boat load of frustration,
as well as, give you more time practicing keeping your flies out of the bushes. Just like me.

There are two basic knots that you will use over and over and over...
The first knot ties two pieces of tippet together. The second knot ties your fly to you tippet.
The other knots (e.g. Nail Knot) , while important, are used only occasionally and usually
on special occasions, like when that monster salmon takes your line all the way down
to the end of your backing and keeps on going. Since you haven't changed your
backing out in 20 years, you will likely hear a sickening "snap", as Mister
Salmon takes your fly, line, and backing into the next state. Just because he can!!

Since I tie these two basic knots over and over mostly because of the overly agressive,
as the Knights of Ni would say, "Shrubbery", I have tried to figure out ways to tie
these two knots in less than 20 seconds or less with the limitations of big fingers
and bad eyes.
 
OK, that was the goal. I have to admit that it took a few takes to get these videos
under 20 seconds but I, also, have to admit almost all of the takes were pretty
close to the 20 second mark.


Tippet to Tippet Knot
     Surgeons Knot     
   Knot Head Tips:
  • Try to clip both tags end at the same time.
  • Also, the next time you go out with guide or anybody else equal in stature, watch how they tie their knots. How do they hold their hands? What motions make their efforts effective? Watch and learn grasshopper! 


Tippet to Fly Knots
      Clinch Knot        
   Knot Head Tips:
  • Try to tie your knots the same way every time.
    • Use the same motions.
    • Use the same Steps.
    • Consistency is your friend.
  • Cut tippet at an angle with clippers.
  • Brace both hands against each other to thread tippet through hook eye.
  • Look down fly at an angle to align tippet tip with hook eye.
  • Use your forceps to make 4-5 loops in tippet.
  • Grab the tag end with your forceps and pull through loop.
  • Important: tighten knot by pulling on fly and NOT the tag end.
  Improved Clinch Knot 
   Knot Head Tips:
  • Cut tippet at an angle with clippers.
  • Brace both hands against each other to thread tippet through hook eye.
  • Look down fly at an angle to align tippet tip with hook eye.
  • Use your forceps to make 4 loops in tippet.
  • Grab the tag end with your forceps and pull through loop.
  • Use for forceps to thread tippet back through upper loop.
    • The bigger the upper loop the easier it will be to thread the tippet through the upper loop.
  • Important: tighten knot by pulling on fly and NOT the tag end.