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2011-08-16

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Knot page

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Articles:
Sliding knot for multi fly leaders, by Milan Trickovic
Tying the King Sling knot,
by Bruce E. Harang (991205)
Tying the Eugene Bend knot,
by Bruce E. Harang (991205)
Tying the Clinch and Improved Clinch Knots Tip
, by Bruce E. Harang
Quick, or Simple, Blood Knot, a knot tip. By Bruce E. Harang (990522)

Knot index:

Bimini twist knot, Picture of the knot
Is a very strong and safe knot, maybe not so common in flyfishing but yet interesting to know about.

Blood knot, Picture of the knot
Maybe the most common way of joining two pieces of nylon of similar thickness together. Wet the knot before you tighten it. Very important that you tighten it evenly. Each turn should , when the knot is tightened, lie even next to the nearest turn, they should not cross each other

Double blood knot, Picture of the knot
This knot has very high breaking strain. Used mostly for tying on lock clips and large hooks.

Dubbel Grinner knut, Picture of the knot

Double looped clinch knot, Picture of the knot
For attaching a "snood" to a line (like on a paternoster tackle)

Double Turle-knot, Picture of the knot
Is a "dirigible" knot. Suitable for streamers, seatrout- char- and salmon flies. Don't have the same strength as the improved clinch knot.

Dropper loop, Picture of the knot
To make a loop on a line, can be used for attaching a "snood"

Duncan Loop, (Sundman knot), Picture of the knot
A simple way to tie a loop knot. Gives the fly a more lifelike movement in the water.

Eugene Bend, description of the knot

Grinner knot, Picture of the knot
A fine knot if you are going to make your own tapered leaders. This knot seems to be safer than the bloodknot when joining together materials with a big difference in thickness

Half grinner knot, Picture of the knot
Good knot for tying the fly to the leader

Improved Clinch knot, (Half blood knot), Picture of the knot
This knot is very strong. It doesn't weaken the material. Especially good for small flies.

Joining knot, Picture of the knot
Used when joining materials with a big difference in thickness, ( e.g. 0.10mm and 0.35 mm). Tie a common overhand knot.(2) on the thicker line and tighten this to a loose small loop. Put the thin line through the loop and make a gliding knot (1.) around the thick line. Moisten and tighten both knots. Then pull the gliding knot downwards against the tightened overhand knot. Trim the ends. Done!

King Sling knot, description of the knot

Nail knot, Picture of the knot
The best knot for joining the leader to the flyline or when you want to join the backingline to the flyline. In moment 1,2 and 3 a small pipe is used, but you can also use a needle or a thread loop. Be sure to moisten (A) the knot before tighten it, if you have the possibility it is best if you wet the knot with warm water. When tighten the knot never pull the fly line - only pull the leader ends (B and C). In moment (5) you can secure the knot by placing a very small drop of super glue on the knot. Wipe of the excess immediately. Straighten the line and leader during the drying process. The knot never slides if it is properly done, but it can be difficult to make a good knot if you don't use a flyline of good quality. The fly line coating can crack. Tighten the knot slow and careful, don't let the nylon leader cut to deep in the coating.

Palomar knot, Picture of the knot
A very strong knot, can be used for tying the leader to the hook.

Rapala knot, Picture of the knot
An open loop knot, that from the start was only used for tying "wobblers" (in spin fishing) to the line, but it can also be used as an alternative for the Duncan Loop-knot in flyfishing.

Single-strand dropper knot, Picture of the knot
Used for tying a line "snood" to another line ("paternoster" tackle)

Spool knot, Arbor knot, Picture of the knot
Probably the most common knot used for tying the backing line on to the reel (spool)

Stop knot, Picture of the knot
Leave the cut line ends 10-15 mm long. This knot is often used in bait fishing, but the knot can in some situations also be used in flyfishing. E.g. keeping the lead weighting from gliding.

Surgeon's end loop knot, Picture of the knot
Useful for many occasions. For example when connecting the backing line to the flyline by using the "loop to loop" connection system.

Tegis-knot, Picture of the knot
This knot replaces the bloodknot. It is easier to tie and doesn't build as much. There is no chance that the leader will be caught up in this knot during the cast even if the line loop happens to be to narrow. The cut off ends stand out from the line in a 90 angle in contrast to the nail knot where the ends lie parallel along the line. Can join materials with very different thickness
In the final moment, first tighten the short ends, moist the knot and then tighten the long ends and finally trim the ends.
Originator: Jan Teghammar

 

 

 

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