Knots have to hold in order to land a fish
Knots Week #2
Check out the United Women on the Fly YouTube Channel for instructional videos. We also recommended Animated Knots and Orvis for other knot tutorials. Check out our Online Fly Fishing Classes from more virtual instruction on this and so much more.
practice makes perfect
The more time you have practicing the knots, the faster you’ll become.
More Wraps with Smaller Diameters, Less Wraps with Larger Diameters
leave a little insurance
When trimming your knot leave yourself a small tag. If a fish isn’t spooked by a leader coming to it, a small tag won’t scare it either.
The purpose of moisture is to “seat” or fully tighten the knot. It also reduces friction as it is tightened. The friction builds up heat which weakens the line and makes it more prone to break during a battle with a fish.
Most knots which are damaged by friction are simply pulled tight too quickly.
test your knots
Test your knot by tugging it to make sure it’s secure.
Spare some tippet
Give yourself enough tippet to tie a good knot. Don’t fret over wasting a little tippet as you’re learning to tie your knots.