Fly Fishing Knots No. 6 - The Water Knot
Showing how to tie a dropper in your fly leader
below shows the main connecting knots in fly fishing, i.e. from reel to
backing line; backing line to fly line; fly line to fly leader; fly leader
to fly, with the addition of a dropper to attach a second fly.
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The Water Knot
This is a knot for forming a neat dropper
in the fly leader, as illustrated below.
The Water Knot is good dropper knot. Stronger, more reliable and
easier to tie than the blood knot. Although the
typical advice is for three turns, I often use only
two turns and the resultant knot seems quite
reliable. Note that the length used for the dropper
should be the one pointing away from the reel.
Step 1 - With the "reel end" to your right, cut the leader at the
point where the dropper is required and overlap the ends by about 10
inches, depending on the length of dropper .
Step 2 - Form an overhand loop with the doubled nylon and grip
firmly at point "A" with the right thumb and forefinger.
Step 3 - With the left hand, pull the dropper length along with the
whole lower section of the leader through the loop at least twice.
Step 4 - Moisten, draw tight and trim the end which points
towards the reel.
FLY FISHING KNOTS
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fishing knots, click on one of the following links
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