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Basic Fly Fishing Knots For Beginners

Jul 8, 2008
When you're fly fishing, knowing a lot of different fly fishing knot is important. You can use many different knots, including the Arbor knot, the Albright knot, the dropper loop, the Blood knot the nail knot and more - each of these fly fishing knots has its own particular uses.

An Albright knot is used to join your fly line and your fly reel backing line. As you tie this knot, remember to wind your loops around the loop of the larger line in a neat fashion. This loop will pass through guides, so make sure that it is tied and wound well. Fishermen sometimes cover this knot with rubber cement, making it secure and smoother for passing through the guides on your pole.

The Arbor knot is one of the fly fishing knots used to attach the fishing line to the fishing reel, also known as the Arbor. When you tie this knot it is essential you use the second overhand knot. It is recommended you wind the loop two times around the arbor before you make the first half hitch. This will increase friction which works well on polished reels. This knot is easy to learn and very effective.

One of the most important fly fishing knots is the blood knot. This knot is used when you need too join two lines of more or less the same size - such as when you need to join two sections of tippet or leader. The best way (there are actually quite a few different ways) to tie this knot is by overlapping the ends of the lines and twist them together ten times. After twisting the lines together, make a hole in the center of the twists and pass one end through, making a knot which is symmetrical in the middle. This is another easy knot to lean and will be used often.

The dropper loop is another one of the fly fishing knots that allows you to avoid tangles. This creates a loop in the middle of your leader and provides an attachment point for you to put an additional fly. This loop can be made by wrapping around the overlap point as you hold it with your fingers. This loop should appear symmetrical on both sides of the loop.

One of the fly fishing knots you'll use almost every time you go out fishing is the nail knot. A nail knot is used when you need to tie together two lines of differing sizes. Thread the smaller line through the loops with a straw, nail (that's where the name comes from) or needle. This creates a knot which easily passes through your guides, being that they are smooth and small in size.

There are many different fly fishing knots you might decide to use. You should learn many of these different knots because there are many different circumstances you will need to use them.

Most of the different fly fishing knots are very easy to learn to use and you will use them quite often. You should practice making these knots before you go fly fishing.
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