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How to tie a Palomar knot

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Palomar Knot Palomar Knot

Use: Tying on flies.

Description: Ranks alongside the Trilene knot as the strongest knot for attaching a fly to a tippet.


1. Double about 150mm of the end of the tippet and pass through the eye of the hook.

2. Use the double line to tie an overhand or thumb knot, letting the hook hang loose and avoiding twisting the lines.

3. Pull the loop down and pass it over the hook.

4. Moisten the knot and pull both the tag end and standing end of the tippet to tighten the knot.

5. Finish by trimming the tag end.

Graphics of knots drawn by Tim Pegg of Thilmcraft Graphics. E-mail: thilm@paston.co.uk

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Comments (2 posted):

Jimmie on 23/11/2009 16:55:13
Thanks Paul. Really appreciate your doing this. I've read each of your "how to tie....." threads. Good visuals. I'm going to give the Palomar knot a try for awhile. I fumble too much with the improved Clinch knot at stream side. Plus, it looks like it could be as strong if not more so.
Editor on 23/11/2009 17:12:05
Hi Jimmie, We have about 20 of these knot guides which were put together for us a few years back on the UK website. I will start moving them across in small batches as time allows. The palomar knot is a near 100% knot - more used for tying hooks to line for drop-shotting for bass or inshore game angling but no reason why it can't be used for flies to and once you know it, it is really simple. In fact hard to believe it is such a good knot as it seems TOO simple! LOL Glad to hear you like the fly tying how to's - Simon Young works with me here in the UK office and loves his fly tying! He set up a small studio with a photographer friend of his and they were a production line of fly tying for several days! Watch out for more patterns to come over the winter. Best Paul
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