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  1. #41
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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    My favorite and most used knot is the 16-20 knot. Really strong, and easy to tie with a hemostat.


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    Orvis knot
    Clinch knot
    Blood knot
    Triple surgeons knot
    Non slip mono loop
    Perfection loop
    Nail knot with no tool
    Nail knot with tool.

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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    While I know how to tie every necessary knot for fly-fishing, i.e., Arbor knot, Albright knot, Nail knot, Blood knot, Perfection Loop, Improved Clinch, et al, I've found that I can get away with tying just a few:

    Uni-knots: everything from connecting backing to fly-line, to fly-line to leader, making leader sections, to terminal knot to fly, to adjustable loop knot for streamers

    Double Uni-knots: Used mostly to tie sections of tippet together

    Seaguar knot: my go-to knot for making leaders or just adding sections to a leader. Nothing easier, faster, or stronger in my experience.

    Rapala Loop: picked this one up years ago and still use it when tying on large streamers or mice.

    Palomar: tying on flies at least sz14 or larger when I'm in a hurry, or if the light is really bad (my eyes don't see small-and-up-close they way they used to)

    Since I opted to just tie these knots, I've recently found that I now have room in my brain for all the other knots I need to be able to remember know to tie. Such as Trucker Hitches, Sheet Bends, Clove Hitches, Slip Knots, Bowlines, Halter Hitches, Coils, Sinnets, Packers Knots, etc.

    Which is good, because I'm beginning to think lately that the space in there is shrinking year-to-year.

    Peace.
    "Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn." ~Chuck Clark

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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    I like that 16-20 knot. Especially, with cold hands.

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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    Quote Originally Posted by old timer View Post
    I like that 16-20 knot. Especially, with cold hands.
    For those who may not know, that knot is also called a Pitzen. I love it and is about the only knot is use anymore for thin tippet tight to the fly (instead of some kind of loop.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jr spey View Post
    For those who may not know, that knot is also called a Pitzen. I love it and is about the only knot is use anymore for thin tippet tight to the fly (instead of some kind of loop.)
    Couldn't tell in the video, what direction does the tag point?

    Seems like one to learn.

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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    Quote Originally Posted by ottosmagic13 View Post
    Couldn't tell in the video, what direction does the tag point?

    Seems like one to learn.

    Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
    It points up the line away from the hook so I trim it close. What also hasn't been mentioned is that when the knot is closed down it will turn over and you will hear and feel a pop when that happen. If there's no pop, then I cut it off and do it again.

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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    It should be called the pop knot.

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    Default Re: What are your go to knots?

    Quote Originally Posted by old timer View Post
    It should be called the pop knot.
    Like most knots, it already has a bunch of names. That's why it can get tough discussing knots on a forum like this. But, you're right. It would be a good name.

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