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
| 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!