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Old 07-08-2009, 11:50 AM
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Default Tying tippet to leaders

I found a thread on here explaining the "Davey Knot" which is fantastic so I'll pose this question. What is the easiest and best knot for tying a tippet to your leader and do you have a diagram shwoing it?
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Longbowman: I like to use the double surgeons knot, basically all that is involved to to lay about 8" of the ends together and then tie an overhand knot using the short section and then repeat.
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All my friends use the surgeon's knot,I don't...they make fun of me because I use the knot showed by Frank Whiton in the photo gallery...I don't know it's name but it's fast and easy you can change your tippet(or modify its length or diameter) easily without shortening your leader...which can last the whole season... it's economical too...So...I don't care if my friends laugh at me,just ask them if I catch less fish than they do
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Hi to all,

I use a loop to loop connection. It is the most flexible method I know of for Trout. The pictures show an abbreviated way to make the loop to loop connection. The complete directions are here.

Another way is to use a small metal ring in the end of the leader and then fasten your tippet to the ring. This is the same ring that is used in furled leaders.

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I use a loop to loop as well, although I recently went back to a surgeon's loop rather than the perfection loop. I was getting too many break offs on the perfection loop.
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Always used a nail knot. May try the surgeons not...
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Hi twospots,

A nail knot is the last thing I would want to tie out on the stream. Just not worth the effort. If you are going to tie your tippet on I would consider a blood knot or a double surgeons knot. In some applications a triple surgeon knot. I don't like a surgeons knot as the knot doesn't lay straight like a blood knot.

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Default Re: Tying tippet to leaders

I use a blood knot and a double surgeons knot. The blood knot is for after I've been on the water a bit. The double surgeons is for that first minute on the water adrenaline rush when I'm shakin' and to excited to tie the blood.
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The double Surgeons will not lay straight but the triple will, always. I use the loop to loop here as well and the triple S. depending on the situation.
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Hi DryFlyGuy,

If the perfection knot is breaking it may be the way you are tying it. You can always tell if the knot is correct by the tag end. The tag end should be sticking out ninety degrees to the main line. That is, after you have lubricate and pulled the knot tight, the tag end will stick straight out from the knot. Also, before you cut off the tag end take your pliers and insert them into the knot and do a pull test. Then cut the tag.

You can also use a non-slip mono loop. It is a very strong knot.

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