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Fly Fishing Knots: Orvis Knot Animation

The Orvis Knot is a very strong and easy to tie knot that works in diameters up to 30 lb.
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See detailed instructions below for each step in tying the Orvis Knot.
  1. Pass the tippet through the eye of the fly from the bottom and form a loop by bringing the tag end over the standing part of the tippet on the far side. Give yourself plenty of tippet.
  2. Form a second loop, farther away from the fly, by bringing the tag end all the way around the standing part, then passing the tag end through the first loop from the far side.
  3. Fold the tag end over and take 2 turns around the loop just formed (the second loop). Make sure these turns start at the far side of this second loop.
  4. Lubricate the knot with saliva. Tighten the second loop against the standing part by pulling on the fly and the tag end. Then let go of the tag end and pull on the fly and the standing part until the knot snugs neatly against the eye. Trim the tag end close to the fly.