How to Make a Leader Knot for Fly-Fishing

How to Make a Leader Knot for Fly-Fishing
It is important to tie secure, solid knots when you're fly-fishing. Imagine catching that whopper every fisherman dreams of, having it close to shore, then watching helplessly as one of your knots breaks and your catch of a lifetime swims away. The leader knot, also known as the double uni knot, is intended to very securely tie two pieces of fishing line together, ensuring you won't lose your fish.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Two pieces of fishing line
  • Two pieces of fishing line
Step 1
Put the two pieces of line parallel to each other on a flat surface, overlapping by about a foot. The loose ends should be facing opposite directions. For ease of explanation, put the line with the end facing your left under the line with the end facing your right. We will call the top line "Line A", and its end, which is nearer your right hand, "End A". The bottom line will be "Line B", and its end, which is nearer your left hand, will be "End B".
Step 2
Pick up End B and make a large loop toward the center of the section where the two lines are parallel. Wrap End B around both parallel lines three times, going through the large loop each time.
Step 3
Insert End B through the large loop formed at the beginning of Step 2, and pull gently to tighten enough to hold the knot together. Do not fully tighten the knot at this point.
Step 4
Pick up End A and make a large loop toward the center of the section where the two lines are parallel. Wrap End A around both parallel lines three times, going through the large loop each time.
Step 5
Insert End A through the large loop formed at the beginning of Step 4, and pull gently to tighten enough to hold the knot together. Do not fully tighten the knot at this point.
Step 6
Lubricate the knots with water or saliva, then pull End B and End A away from each other gently until the loops tighten and the two knots you have made move together to form one complete knot. You might have to push the two outer ends of the knot together gently with your fingers as you are tightening it to make it as compact as possible. The two pieces of line should now be securely fastened to each other.

Tips & Warnings

 
Three loops on each side should be sufficient for lines of similar diameters. If one line is significantly thinner than the other, make up to eight loops with the thinner line around the thicker line to be more secure.
 
Three loops on each side should be sufficient for lines of similar diameters. If one line is significantly thinner than the other, make up to eight loops with the thinner line around the thicker line to be more secure.

Article Written By Morgan O'Connor

Morgan O'Connor has been writing professionally since 2005. Her experience includes articles on various aspects of the health-insurance industry for health-care newsletters distributed to hospitals as well as articles on both international and domestic travel.

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