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What is Fly-Fishing?
When out participating in any form fishing, it is helpful to know a few knots especially for fly fishing. In fly fishing, the fisher uses artificial flies and a light line and rod so that it is specially weighted allowing the Fisher to cast in different ways to hopefully catch different prey. Artificial flies include shapes of insects or creatures certain aquatic predators may try to capture.
Some Knots and how to tie them
The first knot to know is the arbor knot. This is essential in order to attach the backing to the spool. To accomplish this, start by passing 6 to 8 inches of the line end around the spool arbor forming a crossing loop. You then wrap the line end around the standing line and top leg of the loop about four to six times. Next, pull the line end to tighten the wraps around the standing line, pulling the standing line until the knot is snug against the arbor itself. Finally pull on the tag to get the knot settled and snug, finally trimming the tag.
Double Surgeon Loop
Another handy skill to keep in mind is the double surgeon loop which many use to connect the end of the Dacron backing. Start by doubling the line to form a long loop to slip over the real, add a few extra inches to the line and then hold the two lines together. Then form a simple overhand knot keeping the two lines held together, after you then pass the loop through the overhand knot three more times. To finish, pull on the loop and the standing line to tighten, finally pulling on the end of the line and trim.
Many fishers agree the Bimini twist knot is an essential asset to have under your belt. Begin by doubling your line to form a loop and then make around 20 twists on the loop. You then pull the end over your knee, a nail, or a doorknob keeping pressure on the ends of the loop. Then slip the line-end over the first twist you created. Next, open the gap of the loop so you can pull the end over the twist to the end of the loop. After accomplishing this, the line is rolled to the twist ends to make a half hitch overhand knot on the closer side of the loop to you, this locks everything in place. Remember to maintain tension on all lines. Then keep a hold of the knot by making 4-6 half hitch overhand knots I order to surround both lines of the loop, working from the loop and then back towards your knot. Finally, tighten up the half-hitched overhand knots against the bottom of the knot, cutting off anything extra.
Those were just a few knots to look into trying and how to tie them. Other knots to look into are; the no slip knot, the single surgeon knot, the Eugene bend knot, a perfection loop, and albright knot. Having a wide range of these skills will ensure many successful fly fishing experiences.
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