Fly Tying - Knots

A knot is a knot, right? Well if you want to keep a fish on your line, then a knot can be pretty important. It is important not only to select the right knot for a particular job but to tie it properly. If your knot isn't tied properly, it could mean lost fish. No one wants that.

Keep these things in mind when tying your knots:

  1. Wet your knot. Before you tighten a knot, lubricate it with saliva or by dipping it in the water. This will help the knot slide and sit properly.
  2. Pull knots tight. Tighten knots with a steady, continuous pull. Make sure the knot is tight and secure.
  3. Use nippers. You want to trim the excess material after your knot as close as possible without damaging the knot.