Introduction to Fly Fishing by Tony Scott
Introduction to Knots
and most effective knot for fastening your backing line to your
Ensure your backing line is placed around your spool.
Tie a simple overhand knot with the loose end around the main
part of the line, followed by another one towards the end of the
Gradually tighten the knot until seated well.
although a little tricky to master, knot for attaching your fly
line to backing line or fly line to leader. I have found rather
than a nail, a large darning needle is superb. The advantage being
that at the final stage, you thread the line through the eye of
the needle and pull, thereby bringing the loose end of the line
to just where you need it.
Lay the leader or backing line along your fly line and align the
nail or needle as shown. Hold where indicated on the diagram.
Always leave yourself a good 6 inches or so line to work with.
at the point indicated, wrap the line around the flyline 5 or
6 times, keeping a little tension on at all times. Then feed the
line through the eye of the needle and pull, whilst maintaining
a firm grip on the loops that you have wound on. If you are using
a nail – remove the nail and thread the line through the
small loops that remain after the nail has been removed.
the loops firmly, gradually seat the knot by pulling gently on
the loose end that you have pulled through. Remove any excess
leader or backing line and if necessary trim the fly line to form
a neat finish.
CLINCH OR HALF BLOOD KNOT
and one of the most satisfactory knots to tie your fly to your
As with all knots, always leave yourself enough line to work with.
Firstly thread the loose end of the line through the eye of the
hook, then by turning the fly, or twisting the line, ensure that
you have made at least 5 turns around the incoming line. Do not
put these turns in too tightly.
Now thread the loose end through the first loop that have made.
As with all knots in monofilament and fluorocarbon, moisten the
knot with saliva or water before tightening. This lubricates the
knot as friction can be built up when you tighten the knot causing
a weak point. So, moisten and gradually tighten and seat the knot,
cutting off any excess just short of the hook.
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