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    Hi, I am new to the forum and currently getting back into fly fishing after a long break. I started when I was about 10 or so but haven't really done it much in the past 15 years (30 now). Basically, I don't remember much from my early days of fly fishing.

    One thing that I want to do before I get back out there is learn all of the basics to allow me to be completely independent. This means all the knots one would need for tying the fly on to tying the leader and the tippet, etc. Is there any books you would recommend to learn these or courses one could take in the Houston, Tx area?

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    Check this out, it will get you started.

    I cant keep track of all the various knots so just try to remember and use a few that work.

    Fly Fishing Knots

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob3700 View Post
    Check this out, it will get you started.

    I cant keep track of all the various knots so just try to remember and use a few that work.

    Fly Fishing Knots
    Thanks! Very helpful and what I was looking for.

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    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Small, maybe obvious points
    Lubricate knots with saliva or water before tightening and then tighten slowly to not build up heat and weaken line material

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    I carry these knot reference cards in my gear bag can come in handy. I know they carry them in many sporting goods stores and online. Here where I got some from couple of years ago.

    Knot Cards - Illustrated Knots on Waterproof Plastic Cards

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    Buy one of these and stick it in your vest. It is small enough to fit and comes in a little plastic bag you can use to keep it from getting wet.

    Fly Fishing Knot Book / The Little Red Knot Book -- Orvis
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    Tying knots is a fundamental fly fishing skill that needs to be practised.
    Maybe not as extensively as you'd practise casting, but even with a minimal amount of effort there should be no need to carry around instructional books or cards

    Back when I got serious about fly fishing the salt, it was painfully obvious that my knot tying skills needed help.
    So I put a spool of mono next to my TV chair and I practised my knots whenever I had a moment.
    That's all you need. A few minutes at a time, a few times a week until you're comfortable.
    And you don't have to memorize every knot in the book, just the ones that you'll need on the water.
    Pick ones that you do well and stick to them.
    A less than perfect knot that you tie well and have confidence in is always better than a "100%" knot that you can't get right.
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    When I want to learn a new knot, I always practice it using parachute cord. It's a lot easier with larger line.

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    Check out NetKnots.com--lots of knots, and animated videos that are very clear. They also have an app for those who take their phones/devices fishing, and sell those plastic cards.

    +1 on using saliva/water/lip balm for lubricant, and practicing at home.

    Scott

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