How to Get it Right: Nail Knot Fly Fishing

Written By: maxcatch Created Date: 2020-01-21 15:20:38

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Though we'll be focusing on the nail knot fly fishing right now, there are a million and one other ways to tie a knot. Each knot has its advantage - certain times when its best to use them rather than other knots. 

Thanks to fumbling fingers and failing eyesight, some knots become much easier to tie with age than others. Here are the benefits of nail knots, why some anglers may hesitate to use this particular type of knot, and how to actually tie one. 


Nail Knot Fly Fishing Benefits 

Useful for lines of different diameters. Most knots, like the blood knot, for example, require that the two fly lines you're trying to join be on the same diameter. That's the only way the knot will be strong enough to be effective. With a nail knot, the lines don't have to be of the same diameter - one can be smaller than the other, yet still, produce and seamlessly strong knot. 

Ideal when Presentation is key to success. Anglers often choose their flies and knots based on their target prey. When going sight fishing and your target is easily spooked, nail knot fly fishing is preferred. The reason is simply that this knot provides an unobtrusive, neat connection between the fly line and the leader. The neat presentation of the nail knot provides minimizes the "hinging effect" you'd find in most knots. If you're hunting for trout, permit or any other easily spooked fish, stick with nail knots. 

Easy to replace: it sucks, but sooner or later, there'll be a break or some form of damage to your fly line. Nail knot fly fishing is the fastest way to get the damaged line back into the water - here's why. Most methods of connecting leaders to fly lines require some use of glue. The glue takes time to set, but using a nail knot guarantees you'll be back in the water the moment your knot's ready. 

Extremely Versatile: when tied correctly, the nail knot is an extremely neat connection with very high break strength. This makes it ideal for fly fishing, and nonfly fishing activities, including bait fishing. 

Nail knots hold virtually no water, so spraying won't be an issue for you.

Why Anglers Hesitate Using Nail Knot For Fly Fishing 

It's one of those things that gets easier the more you practice, but very rarely will you find anglers geeking out at the thought of tying a nail knot. Most will avoid it, and the reason why is simply - most nail knots are tied using a tool. The tool might be a tube of some sort (including mini straws), or (as the name implies) a nail. Anglers will generally avoid knots that require an extra step - acquiring a tool. 

Note that it's not impossible to tie a nail knot without a tool - in fact, many anglers do. It's just a lot easier to complete using a tool. In less than ideal weather conditions, struggling to find a tool to make a nail knot just sucks. That's the only reason that comes to mind. The general consensus is that nail knot fly fishing is superb, it's the need for a tool that makes it less than ideal for anglers. 

Nail Knot Fly Fishing Tips: How to Tie 

Step 1. Choose your anchor tool. The most ideal tool is a nail, as the name implies, but you can improvise. Any tube-shaped item, like a straw, is fine. Some anglers even you bic biro covers. There's a liberal definition as to what constitutes a tube. 

Step 2. Lay the tool you've chosen against the end of your fly line. Take the butt end (officially called tag end) of the leader and place it on the tube. You want to make a sandwich with the tube in the middle, and both tags end going in the opposite direction of each other. 

Step 3. Use the leader line and wrap it around the tube/fly line. About 5 to 6 wraps should do. 

Step 4. On the final wrap, insert the tag end of the leader line into the tube, then take it out on the other end of the tube. 

Step 5. Once the tag end has passed through the tube and is on the other side, slowly pull out the tube, and tighten the knot. The leader and the fly line should be on opposite ends of the knot. 

Trim off the excesses and you've got yourself a fine nail knot fly fishing piece.


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