Saturday, December 17, 2011

How to Tie Fly Fishing Knots

Learning how to tie fly fishing knots can lead you to the perfect catch or keep you casting. Before heading to the nearest river to cast a few flies, anglers need to know how to tie knots. Several different styles exist.

The Albright
One of the most popular fly fishing knots is the Albright and combines two lines of unequal diameter or different materials. First, loop the wider line and hold it between the thumb and index finger. Bring the smaller line through the loop. Leave approximately six to eight inches of extra line. Wrap the smaller line around the larger line, working away from you and moving left to right. As you make each wrap, hold each line in place. On the tenth wrap, come around and take the smaller line through the bigger loop. Pull the line lightly and push the wraps toward the closed loop, alternating between the end of the smaller larger part until the loops are against the tag end. Don't let the loops cross over one another. Then, pull it tight, secure the lines, and clip the line close to the knot.

Loop the Loop
One of the most dependable fly fishing knots is the perfection loop. This loop to loop joins two pieces of monofilament line and forms a strong tie. First, take the standing line in the one hand and make a loop by moving the tag end over the top. Pinch the lines together and leave five to six inches of extra line. Make a smaller loop in front of the larger loop and slide the tag end in front of the first loop. Pinch this with the original crossover. Bring the tag end around the back of both loops and then between the two loops. Add this to the line pinched between your fingers. Grab through the first formed loop and bring the smaller loop through the first loop. Trim the tag end close to the loop knot.

Surgeon's Knot
Do you need a quick knot to tie? The surgeon's knot is super simple and joins two monofilament lines. First, place the main line should come from the left and the right should come from the right. Overlap about six inches of the left line. Hold the overlapped lines together between the thumb and index finger. Perform the same motion on the right side. Form a loop by crossing it over itself. Then take the long and short lines in the right hand and pass them through the loop, around and back a second time. Pull both lines in your hands apart. This tightens the knot. Fly fisherman use different knots depending on conditions. Learning about the different varieties of fly fishing knots will make it easier for you to focus on fishing.