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  1. Default Which knot is best for you?

    I have read numerous articles & I'm not sure if we havediscussed this or not here on The Forum, but what is yourfavorite knot to connect your fly? I have used the "Clinch" knot for years without any trouble,but if there is a better one I'd like to know what it's called &how to tie it successfully.Hope this fires up some discussion.Tie One On

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    I like the Surgeon's Loop for connecting fly to tippet. If I do come off the bend of the hook for a dropper, I use the Clinch on the bend after tying the dropper on the tippet with a surgeon's loop.

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    I prefer the Eugene Bend. Been using it exclusively since 1995. It's a 100% breaking strength knot - takes a little practice to get used to, but if the tippet breaks, it's never at the knot.

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    I use the "improved clinch" which is pretty much the clinch with a double back.

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    You guys need to try putting a loop in front of the fly. It allowes you to use heavier tippet if you need to, but the fly can still freely wiggle.

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    Uni knot is my all around knot that I tie. I tie all my own leaders before the season starts for warm water species and use the uni-to-uni knot to join the sections. The surgeons knot does not work good for large diameter/test when joining line together.

    I was a big fan of the Improved clinch knot and still use it for tying my flies to steel leaders. Know I use the Uni knot. When tying to a fly, you can keep the loop that the uni knot creates to give your fly a little bit more action and is what I do. Hard fighting fish or a strong hook set will actually tighten the knot to the hook.
    Capt. Ouitdee Carson
    Duluth,MN
    Arrowhead Fly Angler
    arrowheadflyangler.blogspot.com
    "If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles."

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    There are several for different applications, but here are my most common ones:
    1) Improved double turle for a lot of trout flies
    2) Clinch (not improved) for tiny flies
    3) Simple blood knot for tippet to leader and for making repairs to monofilament
    4) No-slip loop knot when I want a loop knot
    5) Twist melt and Albright knots for using plastic-coated steel leader

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