This would be the order of connecting everything from the reel to the fly. If you’re going to be fly fishing, you’ll want to learn these knots in your sleep and be able to tie them with a high degree of proficiency. A great way to practice is using large rope as a visual aid.
1. The Arbor knot Animated Fishing Knots by Grog is used to connect the backing to the reel.
2. An easy knot to connect the backing to the fly line: Albright knotAnimated Fishing Knots by Grog , click to see the animated version.
3. The Nail knotAnimated Fishing Knots by Grog is used to connect the fly line to the leader. Lately, I’ve found the Albright knotAnimated Fishing Knots by Grog is a good one to use for this purpose as well. Modern lines now incorporate welded loops
to easily connect the fly line to the leader and are nice because welded loops don’t catch on the fly guides and allow for smooth stripping and casting.
4. The Perfection loopAnimated Fishing Knots by Grog is a good knot to create loops on the leader and then easily connected via a
5. The Double surgeons knotAnimated Fishing Knots by Grog is great to add tippet to the leader. Depending if I am building a custom leader, I sometimes use the Blood knot Animated Fishing Knots by Grog as well as its a little
cleaner looking and runs smoother through the fly rod guides without the tag ends catching.
6. The loop knot (I don’t have the link to this yet) is a great knot to use to connect the tippet to the fly. I especially like this knot
for chironomid fishing because it allows the fly to hang vertically in the water column, imitating the
natural. Its also good for steelhead swinging as it creates flutter and doesn’t looks stiff like the
clinch knot or the Improved clinch knotAnimated Fishing Knots by Grog . I almost always use the loop knot whenever I fish. I also
found it handy when fishing tube flies as the knot fits nicely inside the junction tubing and allows the stinger hook to trail better behind the fly. I recently used tube flies with stinger hooks with great success in Cabo, Mexico.
With practice and patience you should learn the most important knots: Loop Knot, Improved Clinch Knot, Double Surgeons Knot, Blood Knot and the Perfection loop. These are most used in fly fishing and you won’t waste time on the water when you’ve forgotten how to tie the fly to the tippet and have to ask your buddy how to do it when he or she is on the other side of the river or lake.