I’m going to admit right off the bat that I have never tied a Eugene bend, but after reading this argument for the knot in the Ozark Fly Fisher Journal, I think I’m going to do some experimenting this fall. The author minces no words about he feels the knot performs:
The Eugene Bend is strong enough to mine and apparently Lefty’s tastes. And the fact that the knot tells you it is seated correctly, through a felt click, means you know every time you have produced a 100% knot.
The animation from Angling Knots is crystal clear, so with a bit of practice, tying the know should be no problem. Although the knot seems bulkier than the standard clinch, that bulkiness may translate to more strength. What do you think?