Video: How to Tie the Eugene Bend Tippet Knot

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?

9 thoughts on “Video: How to Tie the Eugene Bend Tippet Knot”

  1. Been using this knot for about half a year now and love it. Easy to tie, faster than most and reliably strong.

  2. Great knot. As strong as the Orvis knot – 98% – 100% strength. The only reason I don’t use it more is that is takes up a lot more tippet length to tie it.

  3. Ive been using this knot as a guide here in Utah for close to a decade now. It works great and is very quick and easy to tie. To avoid using excess tippet while tying this knot secure the tag barely through the loop and tighten by pulling on the fly. This pulls out the slack by re-adding it to the running line above the fly instead of tightening it by pulling on the tag itself, which adds the excess to the tag instead of the running line. Hope that made sense 😉

    1. Wow, great idea. I also love this knot (it’s strong but also tells you when it is tied correctly which is great!) but have always lamented the waste of tippett it promotes. What you are saying makes sense and I will try it ASAP!
      Thanks for the hot tip.

  4. Looks like a (Collin) Penny knot to me, that has been around for a long time. Or as I use to call it a ‘gun knot’ on account of using your forefinger to wrap the loop around the line before pulling the tag through.

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