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Thread: How to attach backing to fly line: Best knot??

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    Default How to attach backing to fly line: Best knot??

    Just purchased new fly line. What is the best knot to use when attaching fly line to your backing?

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    Default Re: How to attach backing to fly line: Best knot??

    I just use a nail knot, I know there are many other ways but I like the simplicity of this one
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    Default Re: How to attach backing to fly line: Best knot??

    yep, nail knot here as well.

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    We just finished a discussion on this last week, here is the link.

    Bimini Twist: Backing To Fly Line

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    Default Re: How to attach backing to fly line: Best knot??

    Yeah do a search -- this question comes up almost daily on the forum.

    I HATE nail knots and think they are, by simple mechanics, an inferior knot that shouldn't be used. I prefer a castwell knot or an albright knot instead. IME both are more secure than a nail knot.

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    Default Re: How to attach backing to fly line: Best knot??

    Did the fly line come with a loop on both ends? If it did, I use a perfection loop in the backing to attach it. If the fly line didn't have a loop, nail knots have always worked for me.

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    I ran a search on the net recently since the Airflo line I had just got in had welded loops on BOTH ends. Turns out, after my research, that the Albright was a great one to use. So that is the one I went with. Pretty easy to tie and should be rock solid.

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    Default Re: How to attach backing to fly line: Best knot??

    This is a good reference.

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    Default Re: How to attach backing to fly line: Best knot??

    I just bought 2 new fly lines. I also changed some fly lines from one reel to another and I used Albright knots even though some of the fly lines had welded loops.

    I always used nail knots but I didn't trust this knot....especially for my 9 weight line for salmon, pike etc.

    I was surprised at how slim an Albright knot really is.

    I even used an Albright knot to tie flat shooting mono back line to a fly line. However, I had to make at least 10 wraps because anything under 8 wraps.....the mono would slip.
    Last edited by dabluz; 02-10-2013 at 01:02 PM.

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    I recomend the Bimini Loop method as described in the Bimini thread, however, booth the Albright and Nail Knot are fine. If you employ the Nail Knot it must be a multi turn version (12 to 15 wraps) to distribute fully seated tension over an adaquit area of fly line to avoid coating stripping.

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