Category Archives: Knots

Knot Video: Tying the Blind Splice Loop

For many fly fishers, tying a backing knot is like programming a car radio clock — it’s simple enough when you follow the manual, but just about impossible to remember a few months later. But if you fly fish for …

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New Video: Tying the Bimini Twist

New on MidCurrent: George Anderson shares a video from his new knot-tying DVD “Terminal Tactics for Fly Fishing.” He shows his preferred technique for tying the Bimini Twist, one of the more difficult knots to tie in fly fishing, but …

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Tying the Kreh Non-Slip Mono Loop Knot

No one learns the importance of knot strength until it really matters. In my case, that was after chasing permit with a client for three days, seeing him finally hook a fish — and then watching my poor excuse for … more

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Knot Tying Video: The Perfection Loop

When tying loop-to-loop leader systems, there are only a couple of knots that make good sense. One is the Surgeon’s Loop — which can be tied with 2 or 3 turns, depending on tippet diameter and desired strength — and … more

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Fly Fishing Knots: The "X" Knot

Speaking of “Location X,” we found an interesting new knot on Tom Rowland’s “Saltwater Experience” Web site the other day. It’s called the “X Knot” (we think), and was authored by the guide who pushed the boat around in HowardFilms’s … more

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Fly Fishing Knots: The Davy Knot

Knots that are quick and simple and do a great job of attaching flies to light tippets are few and far between. One such knot is the Davy Knot. It’s worth considering if you want to try something stronger than … more

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It's Not the Knot

The more one reads about knots and more practice one has in tying them, the easier it is to understand why how well a knot is tied makes as much — or more — difference in its strength than its … more

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Fly Fishing Knots: Pretty Ain't Always Practical

“‘No, don’t bother,’ he said with a smile. ‘The trout don’t care about the leader going in one side of the fly. Why should they care about it coming out the other side?’” This piece on getting real about the … more

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Fishing Knots: The Weakest Link

“My failure was pointed out when twice I lost hooked fish, only to pull my line in to find the end of my tippet curled like a pig tail, right where the knot came undone. The lesson, somewhat painfully learned, … more

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Fly Fishing Knots: How to Tie the Slim Beauty Knot

New on MidCurrent: If you are a saltwater fly fisher chances are you’ve heard of or even used the Slim Beauty knot. That’s a remarkable thing to say about a knot that gained prominent use among Key West tarpon guides … more

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