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    What are your preferred knots to use when tying together a knotted leader?

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    Default Re: Best knots for knotted leaders....

    Hi,

    Blood knot. There are other ways to connect sections of mono or fluorocarbon but the blood knot is what I have used with excellent results for almost 50 years.

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    Most of the time I use a Double Uni. Simple, effective, and strong.

    -Chase

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    +2 on the Blood Knot. Slim profile and strong enough for trout and steelhead. Knot lubrication is key.

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    Default Re: Best knots for knotted leaders....

    Blood knot for the small/medium diameter sections, double nail knots for the big butt sections (where the blood knot is not very effective).

    Tom

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    Default Re: Best knots for knotted leaders....

    Quote Originally Posted by tpo View Post
    Blood knot for the small/medium diameter sections, double nail knots for the big butt sections (where the blood knot is not very effective).

    Tom
    Blood knots all about the number of turns that you put into them.
    With stiff and thicker diameter mono, 3 1/2 turns is usually about right while with the more pliable thinner stuff you want to go with around 5 or even more.
    You can actually feel resistance in the material when you've made enough turns and to add any more at that point only makes the knot more difficult to "seat"
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    + on blood knots. The strong, straight, elegant leader knot. By all means, lubricate with saliva (or water) pre-tightening. Draw the knot closed to snug then apply appropriate pressure to fully tighten and check integrity. On heavier diameter sections, tightening with leather gloves is an idea worth trying (especially with flouro) and on tippet sections as many as 7 turns can effectively be employed. Visually check the symmetry of your knot; tags emanating from the same side or in a "V" is a weak knot that must be re-tied. Always try to break your knots with non jerky but smooth pulling and check again next time you re-rig as the stretchy, water absorbent properties of nylon can weaken knots. If a knot is going to fail, better you break it than a fish. And try the Trileen instead of the improved clinch knot as a fixed fly knot and the non-slip loop knot for flies you strip and drop like streamers.

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    Default Re: Best knots for knotted leaders....

    I tie the heavier sections with blood knots, but when I get under 1X, I use the Double Surgeons knot as it is quicker to tie and just as strong.

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