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Old 03-10-2006, 12:30 PM
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Default One Knot that Does it All

[img2="left"][/img2]One Knot that Does it All:
The Duncans Loop or Uni-Knot

There is a fishing knot that does it all - ties flies or lures to your leader, creates loop knots, splices two line segments together, snells hooks, attaches leaders to a fly line, and more. It sounds like a tall order but the Duncan Loop or Uni-knot is up to the task. Its breaking strength is at the top end of the spectrum - 95% or better. The knot is stronger and more versatile than the traditional blood or cinch knots typically used by fishermen.

The illustration depicts the basic knot. The basic process is to form a circle knot and wrapping the tag end through it six times. Once formed simply pull it tight against the hook eye.

Article and illustration courtesy of Front Range Anglers at Front Range Anglers Home

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Old 03-10-2006, 02:15 PM
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I love this knot and use it almost all the time ... a couple of other things the Duncan's Loop does: (1) if not cinched down against the hook's eye, it allows the fly to swim freely; (2) It acts as a shock absorber to the tippet when Friend Fish strikes. (The impetuous of the strike closes the loop.)

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