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A Great Loop Knot (8 of 12)

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Video Transcript:

Jim, I noticed you are using a loop knot on these flies.


What is the purpose of using a loop instead of a clinch knot?

Well, with the clinch knot you have a straight line and if you are using 15 – 20 lb mono as your tippet, that is a fairly stiff tippet. So if you're tying a clinch line, you have a straight line to the loop of the hook and it doesn't allow the fly to have that much action. If you use the loop knot as you have here, when you pause that fly on your retrieve, the current, the wind, or whatever will move that fly to give it more swing. I think it is the most effective knot to use.

You use the non-slip mono loop knot as your loop knot, which is overhand knot, through the eye, back through the overhand, five times around, and back through the eye. Exactly, and frankly I only turn it around twice on the standing line and then I test it and it works really well.

Oh ok, so yours is more like a Homer Rhodes knot and that works with only two times around?

Yeah, it's strong.

Heavier line it would. Heavier line you would probably get away with only two or three turns.