Santa Lucia Flyfishers

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Knots, Leader, etc.

There are, according to Google, over a half million websites discussing fishing knots, YouTube shows about 1,250 videos dealing with the same subject and the iPhone even has applications available, assuming you take your iPhone to the river! So, for anyone with Internet access, finding information (and misinformation!) on the subject of fishing knots is pretty easy, and I won’t pretend that I’ve looked at any great number of these resources. However, I have come across a few websites that seem particularly helpful, and they’re listed below.

This Lost Coast Outfitters video is an intro explaining leaders and tippets; how tapered leaders are fabricated, mono vs. fluorocarbon, and how to use leaders best with various types of water.

This is the Orvis Learning Center website on Fly Fishing Knots that shows clear easy-to-follow, illustrated step-by-step instructions as to how to tie various knots. I’d suggest the Non-Slip Mono Loop, Nail Knot, Surgeon’s Knot and Orvis Knot (as distinguished from the Orvis Tippet Knot) for your review.

There is an excellent two-part article "The Last Link" by Art Sheck on knots for the tippet-to-fly connection, as well as some cogent general observations and more articles and videos on knot tying.