Classic Pro Tip: How to Tie the Nail-less Nail Knot

Here’s a great demonstration of how to tie a nail knot when you don’t have a special tool or an actual nail. This comes in handy when you have to attach a leader to a fly line on the water. This isn’t a knot you’ll use every day, but when you need it, you’ll really need it. So learn this and commit it to memory. Someday, you’ll thank yourself. (Hat tip: Midcurrent.)

6 thoughts on “Classic Pro Tip: How to Tie the Nail-less Nail Knot”

  1. Bull! Anyone can tie it on a large dowel. Try it on a flexible fly line with a stiff leader butt while sitting on a rock. I’ll take my chances losing the tool rather than go through that frustration.

    1. Come on Wayne, have a little self-confidence. I have but 8 fingers and John’s method translates nicely for me. Yep, my 8 fingers and my 2 opposable thumbs do the trick! Fare thee well, sir.
      Va. Cork

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