About Knots Used in Fly Fishing

About Knots Used in Fly Fishing
Knowing the types of knots most commonly used in fly fishing will aid in the experience, and prevent a broken line and lost lures.


The arbor knot is created by tying an overhand knot using the backing on the reel and connecting the backing to the fly wheel. The large knot is then slipped between the foot and the arbor. An additional overhand knot connects the two.


The albright knot connects the backing to the fly line. This is done by creating a large loop and inserting the backing with the fly line.


Nail knots are important because they make sure the fly line is attached and secure to the leader. This involves a series of wraps and loops that allows the leader to move freely on the fly line.


Double surgeon's knots connect a tippet to the leader. This line is often used to join separate sized lines together to prevent line breaking.

Improved Clinch

This knot connects the fly to the tippet. It holds everything in place so bait doesn't fall off and previous knots stay in place.

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