How to Tie a Fly to a Fly Fishing Line

How to Tie a Fly to a Fly Fishing Line
Fly fisherman will spend thousands of dollars on rods, reels, waders and other equipment. They will also travel at great expense to get to good fishing. Often when they get there, though, they end up losing fish because of something that could have been remedied for free---a poorly tied knot. Properly tied knots can eliminate a lot of frustration and increase the numbers of fish that you land. None is tied more frequently than the one that connects the fly to the fly line tippet, and one of the knots that has proven to be most effective for this is the improved clinch knot.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fly line tippet
  • Fly
Step 1
Insert about 8 inches of the fly line tippet through the eye of the hook of the fly.
Step 2
Take the fly in your left hand and hold the line between your fingers at the eye so that it does not slip through. Wrap the end of the tippet around the standing part of the line on the other side of the eye of the hook five times.
Step 3
Take the loose end of the tippet, also known as the tag end, and run it through the loop next to the hook eye that has been formed by the steps above. Grab hold of the tag end with your left hand fingers while the fly rests in your palm.
Step 4
Take the tag end and pass it through the big loop that is next to the wraps.
Step 5
Moisten the tippet and then tighten the knot by pulling the standing part of the leader and the fly in opposite directions. Don't try to pull the tag end of the leader. Trim the tag end, and you are ready to fish.


Article Written By Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.

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