Pro Tips: The Only Two Terminal Knots You Really Need

What’s the best knot for attaching a hook to nylon or fluorocarbon? The answer has to begin with, “It depends on . . . .” Line-to-hook knots have so many variables that the notion of a single, universally best connection makes no sense, . . .

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Video: How to Tie a Figure-8 Dropper Knot

If you like to fish tandem rigs in which the dropper is attached to the tag end of the tippet knot, then Devin Olsen of Tactical Fly Fisher has a cool tip for you. Instead of using a surgeon’s knot or a blood knot, try a figure-8 (or “figure-of-8,” as Devon calls . . .

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Videos: How to Tie Lefty’s Loop

Many anglers prefer to use a loop knot for streamers, and sometimes even nymphs. The theory is that the loop allows the fly to move more freely in the water, making it seem more lifelike to game fish. Lefty’s Loop is an easy-to-tie version that makes . . .

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Video: How to Tie a Non-Slip Loop Knot

The folks at Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver have launched an educational video series hosted by director of education and guide Courtney Despos–who appeared on Tom Rosenbauer’s podcast last year–who walks you through . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Replace Your Tippet

When you’re using a knotless tapered leader, the last section before you tie on the fly is the tippet. Over time, as you change flies and tie new knots, that tippet section will get shorter and shorter, until your 9-foot leader is more like 7½ feet. So, you just . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Tie a Blood Knot

When it comes to connector knots, I’m definitely a blood-knot guy. I know how to tie the surgeon’s knot, but I just prefer the look and feel of a blood knot, which is perfectly symmetrical and in-line. The folks at Trouts Fly . . .

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Video: 3 Fishing Knots You’ll Use Every Day

In this week’s video from Huge Fly Fisherman, Ben Sittig talks you through the three fly-fishing knots that he uses most often. As you might imagine, these knots cover the most common scenarios: tying on a fly to . . .

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