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Old 03-24-2012, 09:11 AM
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Default Tippet to Leader Knots ?

I was wondering what everyone uses here. At home I tie my own leaders useing a blood knot tool. But on stream if I need to add tippet or repair a leader I'm useless for blood knots. I just use loops, but I don't like them much. My eyes and fingers ain't what they were so I'm looking for a simple but good knot. Thanks.
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Default Re: Tippet to Leader Knots ?

I like fly lines with welded loops or the add-on braided loops. But if I don't have a loop end, I use a nail knot to tie on the leader.
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Blood knots are probably the best, but for quick and easy on the stream I like the triple surgeons knot, very simple especially with my aging eyes.
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I use a blood knot to connect my leader and tippet. There are a couple things that help me and my middle age (61) eyes.

Start with a good amount of leader and tippet to work with to make your knot. It makes the job simpler.

Picture the leader in your right hand and the tippet in your left hand. I use a good amount of tippet and line to do the twisting. I place the leader behind the tippet and wrap it first. I wrap or pass it over the top of the tippet. Pinch it with your thumb and first finger of you left hand and pass it to your middle finger and ringer on your right hand. You are pinching between your middle finger and ringer when you take it from your left hand. Passing from the end that you are wrapping from one hand to the other is what made tying a blood knot easy for me. Again, starting with a good amount of leader and tippet helps you do this.

Also, when you wrap the second portion leave a large space to insert the leader into the hole. It really helps if you have middle age eyes.

For me learning to tie a blood knot was like learning to do a whip finish. There were no tools at the time (1971). To a certain extent I think the blood knot tool makes it more difficult.

Reading these tips on knot tying is not the same as watching someone do it. If my "tips" didn't help just post the grumpy, red smilie and I will understand.
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Thanks that was a great effort to explain on your part. I'm gonna try it and practice at home. I'm tying leaders right now lol.
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Default Re: Tippet to Leader Knots ?

I'm a loop2loop guy.
Perfection loop on the leader, non-slip loop on the tippet
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Default Re: Tippet to Leader Knots ?

#2 on the Surgeons knot onstream, it's one I can (almost) tie in the dark. I use a Blood knot when I build a leader ahead of time, although a Double Uni looks pretty good also.
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I'm a loop2loop guy.

Perfection loop on the leader, non-slip loop on the tippet

+1 for the loop-to-loop method.
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Default Re: Tippet to Leader Knots ?

Here is a great video showing a simple way to tie a blood knot. I only use 4 or five wraps instead of the seven they say.
This site has videos on 70 fishing knots, so if the blood knot is still to difficult, you should be able to find one that suits your fancy!
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Wow you people are so helping. I love this site Thanks
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