How To Tie A Fishing Knot
How To Tie A Fishing Knot
Successful fly fishing requires patience and knowledge of some traditional skills but you've got to start somewhere! Here, a professional fly fisherman guides you through how to tie four basic fishing knots. Once you've mastered these essential techniques, you should then be on your way to finally catching some fish!
The vast majority of fishing can be done with only a few very simple knots, so I'm going to show you those now. The first one I'm going to show you is a loop knot. What we need to do is to double over the line and this here is going to become the loop.
So we've got about three or four inches of overlap and we twist it round in order to create a hole. Then, what we do is we put the loop through the hole and we do that twice. So that was the first time.
Now, it's going through the second time and then we pull the knot tight. So that is the loop knot. We often do what we call a loop-to-loop connection.
So, here we've got two loops and the way we do a loop-to-loop connection is we put one loop through the other loop, and we get the end of the line. We put the end of the line through the first loop and then bring the two loops together. So that is a very quick and effective way of connecting two pieces of line together.
The next knot I'm going to show you is what we call a two-turn water knot and it's actually used for attaching two pieces of line together. We lay, in this case, the two pieces of line next to each other so that they are overlapping by about three or four inches. We get hold of the two end bits and we lay them parallel.
Just like before, twist it round to create this hole. Then, we've got the short end and the long end. So the short end and the long end go back through the hole there twice.
So that was the first time, and if we take it back through there a second time - there we've got the two knots come together. Now, that is a very strong knot. We call it a two-turn water knot.
It's one of the commonest knots we would use and it's used for tying two pieces of line together. The final knot that I want to show you is the one we would use for attaching the hook on the end of the line. This knot is called a half blood knot and it's the one we would most commonly use for tying on the hook.
So we actually have about four inches or so of line through the eye of the hook and we hold the line, hold the hook underneath our finger and thumb. What we need to do is to wrap the loose end around the main line about five times. So, one, two, three, four, five.
Then, the loose end goes through the hole by the hook there, twice. So that's the first time. Through again, that's the second time.
And then what we would normally do if this was proper nylon line is we would moisten that line with a bit of wetness from the stream or from our mouths and that would enable the knot to pull together more smoothly. What we would do is with a pair of scissors or clippers, is we would clip off the waste line at the end. So there was a brief introduction to fishing knots. .