It’s been a while since we’ve ran a poll here on the Deneki blog, so today it’s poll time!
We love hearing from you, our readers, on all aspects of fly fishing. We’ve ran polls in the past on everything from your favorite switch rod, to your favorite backing for bonefish, and everything in between.
Oddly enough, we’ve never asked about one of the most disputed topics in fly fishing, knots! So today, we want to know..
What’s Your Favorite Tippet to Fly Knot?
You know, the knot you use to tie your fly on with. Most of the time we use a non-slip mono loop knot, but sometimes we like a straight connection to the fly and will go with an improved clinch or Orvis knot instead.
But that’s just us.. What’s your go-to and why? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
I use a non-slip loop knot for everything but nymphs. For those I use an Orvis or a double Davey knot.
Wayne Deutscher says
Check out the DVD by Andy Mill – “Chasing Silver – Andy’s Return”.
Andy uses a Improved Homer Rhodes Loop Knot to connect a size 1 Toad Fly with 12 lbs. tippet to catch 140 lbs. Tarpon!! Impressive.
This knot is easy to try, much easier than the Orivs knot.
Here are the tying instruction:
Fly to Shock tippet with Improved Homer Rhode Loop Knot, begin with a double overhand knot, tighten to produce two loops, run line through the fly eye, run tag end up 1st loop, and down into 2nd loop, close loop to desired size, pull tight, take tag end and wrap back around the main line toward the fly 3 times, and tighten, 12” – 60 lbs. Seaguar shock leader (70, 80 or 100 lbs. for larger fish).
I use a non-slip loop knot for larger flies, size 6 and bigger. I use a double Davy knot when I want a straight connection on smaller flies and when I want the knot to be very small. I use a Eugene Sling when I want a straight connection and I am not so concerned about the size of the knot.
Davy knot!!! Fast, fast, fast to tie, easy, reliable.
Swirl knot. I saw it demonstrated by Doug Swisher on one of his videos. I don’t have a clue as to its breaking strength but I’ve never had one slip.