Re: Best Knot to join fly line & backing
All good advise (except for the surgons knot). The Albright is strong and easy to tie with no tools reqired. The nail knot (a midge bobbin mentioned above is right on; a swizzle straw works in a pinch) is slimmer and if 10 to 15 turns are executed sans overlap, very strong too. If there is no factory loop on the rear of the fly line, try nail knoting several yards of backing (I like an alternate color to the standing backing) and twist a Bimini in both backings. Easy to change lines as mentioned above, strong and no bulk going through the guides, this works very well with both sweet and salt outfits.
Note: The same sort of set-up can be made with long spliced loops; I just prefere tying knots as all anglers worth their salt (or sweet) should take pride in thier knot tying virtuosity.