The fishing knots - Laurent LAFFLY

The knot is an inseparable element of the fisherman and obviously the fly fisherman. There are several types of knots and every person being at the edge of the water will have to know certain number. There are knots to fix the fly at the fly line, the one who serves for linking nylon stalks, this other one to fix the silk at the line and a collection of buckles and particular fixations with which I could not supply you an exhaust list. But in defect to show you those whom I use most and the reasons for which I chose. On internet and in bookshop, you will find more complete documents than you can consult to become experts on the subject...

1/ Link the line to onother one

The leader is an element very important for the fisherman, it must be adapted to the type of fishing: dry, wet, to streamer, sea, and we find on the market number possibilities. The ready-made leader, the leader with knots. In every case it will be necessary to you to make a join between two stalks of monostrand. For it, here are some knots which will make the affair.

The Blood knot
Used to link two rather similar threads of different diameter (30 and 25 hundredth, or 20 and 16 hundredth for example). It is solid and if you take the precaution of the good stretch out stalks at the tightening, you can cut the excess very near the knot not to be bothered during the passage of the thread in the rod in case of very long leaders.
To make the blood knot, proceed in the following way:

1-Twine one of the stalks around the axis formed by the other end of thread nylon by returning the extremity at the level of the beginning of the buckle.
2-Proceed in the same way with the other nylon piece by returning the extremity contrary to the previous one.
3-Before the final phase, you have to have a set constituted by two fragments of thread twined in opposite directions and the extremities of which cross themselves in a buckle in contrast.
4-Pull easy on stalks by maintaining firmly nylons on both sides of the buckle, your knot Barrel is ended, you do not have more than to cut the excesses.

The Uni-knot (fisherman's knot).
This knot is called double fisherman's knot (2 buckles), triple (three buckles) etc. The version which is shown below includes 5 buckles. I consider that it's better to make a minimum of 3 buckles for this knot which is very simple to realize and which links very well threads of the same diameter or the appreciably identical diameters.

To realize fisherman's knot, proceed in the following way:
1-Make a buckle with one of the nylon stalks.
2-Twine this thread inside the buckle.
3-Pull at the knot which you have just realized. You obtain a slipknot on the nylon stalk having been of use as axis to the assembly.
4-Proceed in the same way with the other stalk.
5-Pull on both sides nylon stalks to finish this knot which will be very solid. Cut the excesses and go fishing.

The Surgeon's knot.
It is the knot which I prefer to link threads of different diameters and which is easy to realize. With small lines I prefer fisherman's knots, it is resistant and discreet.

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To realize this indispensable knot, take both nylon extremities which you wish to attach between them and place parallélement (1). Made a buckle with both threads sets (2) repeat the operation second time (3) and pull strongly at both extremities (4). You have just made surgeon's knot which will be of use to you an incalculable number of time in your fisherman's life.

2/ Fix the fishhook to the line

That's it, your leader is ended it is now necessary to you to attach your imitation on the line. According to the models you use rather this one or that one, think that the big very mobile imitations do not need that the small flies light and discreet dry flies. Also, you cannot use certain types of knots simply because you cannot realize some buckle or double passages in a eyelet on steel threads or nylons of strong diameters.

The hangman's knot
It is a knot very used for fishing with spoons, it is also used with a big efficiency for streamers. This knot is simple to realize and the operation take only some seconds for a fisherman being in the habit of making this knot. There are several variants of the knot of the hung, the classic include 5 tours of thread.

1-Cross the thread in the eyelet of the fishhook and make a buckle with the free part.
2-Twine the nylon by imprisoning both stalks of entering thread and going out of the eyelet.
3-Pull at the knot.
4-Make slide the buckle up to the eyelet, your knot is ended

The Clinch knot
It is the knot which I use mostly in reservoir with streamers. It is fast to realize and does not slide. To make this knot, cross the thread in the eyelet of the fishhook, twine the free buckle around the entering stalk and cross the thread inside the buckle formed by the thread, the twist and the eyelet by going out again inside the second buckle formed by the set. Attention, it is very important of the good croos the thread inside the small and big buckle, it is what gives its solidity. Otherwise, the knot slides and you will lose certainly the imitation and the fish which has it.

The Turle knot
It is a knot very simple to realize and who allows me to fix my fly very quickly. This knot, contrary to appearances is very solid and remains very discreet. It is my favourite knot for the small dry flies.

1-Cross the thread in the eyelet of the fishhook and make a buckle with the free part.
2-Hold the fishhook and pass inside the buckle which you have just formed.
3-Fire at the knot and verify that the buckle positions as on the picture

The Scaffold knot
It is an alternative in the knot of the hung. It will be particularly useful when you need a big mobility of your imitation, as fishes rowers were described in this site. The buckle formed in front of the eyelet guarantees an extraordinary possibility of movement in your streamer.

1- Cross the thread in the eyelet of the fishhook and make a buckle with the free part.
2-Twine the nylon around the buckle which you have just formed.
3-Cross the free part inside the small buckles which you have just realized.
4-Pull at the free part, your knot is ended

The double Turle knot
It is the same thing as the Turle knot, but here the buckle is doubled. It is more resistant and surer than the simple knot, but also a little more complex to realize.

1- Cross the thread in the eyelet of the fishhook and make a double buckle with the free part.
2-Make a buckle which connects both stalks of the double buckle which vouos have just formed. Cross the fishhook inside both main buckles.
3-Pull at the knot, it is ended

The Palomar knot
Here is a knot which is very resistant and which you can also use to fix your backing to the hub of your reel by using the axis of the reel as the eyelet of the fishhook.

1- Cross a buckle in the eyelet of your hook.
2-Make a buckle by leaving free the point of the previous big buckle.
3-cross the hook inside the free part of the buckle.
4-Make slide the buckle up to the eyelet, your knot is ended

Snelling a hook
It is the knot which the sailors fishermen know well because he allows to fix a big series of fishhooks to a line. However, it interests us because he allows us to fix a fishhook and possibly the other one a little farther. This type of knot can thus be convenient for you every time that you wish to use a group of flies in the same axis.

To realize this knot, cross the thread in the eyelet of the hook and make a buckle. Twine the free part around the handle by going back up towards the eyelet and rehearse the free stalk in this eyelet. Make cross the free stalk inside the series of buckle which you have just formed and fire slowly by being careful not to make a superimposing of turns on the handle.

3/ Buckles and the other knots

Last part of this article, here is some buckles which will be very useful for you to fix hooks, link silk and leaders, etc.

The simple buckle.
It is the knot the simplest to realize: basic version to the left and doubled to the right where we cross( twice the free buckle inside the big buckle. It is very fast to realize and of a satisfactory solidity.

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The Blood Bight knot.
Here's a version hardly different from the previous one, in that case, we cross twice the buckle around her even before returning inside the outside part of the buckle previously formed. With the simple knot it was necessary to pass twice inside the buckle.

The chained buckle.
They are sure connections, during tensions on the line, it is the knots which support the strongest force and it has the effect of strengthening buckles. You can use this technique to fix lines of different nature and threads of varied diameters. I try hard to make a reduced enough buckle when I use this type of join between lines because a big buckle harms in the balance of leader.

The Dropper Loop (Paternoster).
It is the buckle which allows the assembly of supplementary flies on a leader, imitations which will be in right angle with the principal line.

The Float Stop.
It is the knot used to prevent an indicator of touch, for example, from going back up on the leader. By using a fluorescent thread of diameter (without exaggeration with regard to the body of line), this simple knot which you can grease so that it is floating will belong to him alone a very considerable indicator.

In conclusion, I recommend you to get acquainted with the main fishing knots, five-six to begin will be enough widely. Personally I am very satisfied with surgeon's Knot to link the leader, fisherman's Knot triples for my leaders with knot. On streamers I use the Half-barrel and the knot of Turle on my smallest imitations.

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