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MadisonBoats
03-17-2010, 02:24 PM
I was curious to see what most of the forum members use for their fly knots. Also, it would be interesting to read why or why not? Add your favorite knot if I left it out.

[Poll is alphabetically ordered]

waterwolf
03-17-2010, 02:58 PM
Clinch, after my favorite river:rolleyes: It is what I have always used and trust as much as any.

flyred06
03-17-2010, 03:05 PM
Improved clinch knot. It is the knot I started out with and still use today. That is for trout, panfish and some bass.

Grannyknot
03-17-2010, 03:59 PM
mine wasn't listed :biggrin:

JoelO
03-17-2010, 04:19 PM
I use the clinch. I used to have problems with it slipping (even when I was using the improved version) until I found out what I was doing wrong. A friend told me I needed to make at least 5 revolutions before slipping the line through the opening near the eye. I use to never pay much attention to how many revolutions I made but now I do and I don't have the knot slip problem anymore.

summertime14
03-17-2010, 04:34 PM
uni or double uni knot

Wilson10
03-17-2010, 05:19 PM
Improved Clinch for me.

This was the original knot I was taught as a kid and still use today! It's been a great one for me:biggrin:

Crockett
03-17-2010, 05:38 PM
i used to use the clinch and found that even after 6 or 7 times it still would slip occasionaly. i found the key to ensuring that it never slipped was to go back up through from the bottom again after the finish. doesn't matter now though i switched to the davy knot and found it personally easier to tie and hasn't slipped out any (yet).

ukfb1
03-17-2010, 06:34 PM
Clinch or improved clinch, although I read or heard that the improved is neither improved or needed. Just the knot I used as a kid. I also read a good knot tied properly, is better than a excellant knot tied poorly.

MadisonBoats
03-17-2010, 06:36 PM
Waterwolf,
Love your reasoning bro!

I had trouble with the Clinch and it breaking on me. Most likely it was something I was doing wrong.

So, I started using the trilene knot. One of my problems is tying this on very small fly hooks-it is hard to get the line through the eye twice on the water. I have been pre-tying flies to a tippet at home to assist with this issue.

After watching a few fly fishing video; I have been trying the Davy Knot lately. I like it and it is simple to tie.

silvercreek
03-17-2010, 06:47 PM
After over 25 years of using the improved clinch, I started using the Davy knot. It makes a very small knot which I like for midges and it is easier to tie with cold hands. I'll probably still use the improved clinch from time to time, but I'm impressed with the Davy knot. Silvercreek

caught 108
03-17-2010, 07:03 PM
Clinch for me.Thats what I was taught to use,they've always worked well for me.

flyman
03-17-2010, 08:36 PM
Most of the time I use the Orvis or 16/20 knot, but I also use the Davy knot for very small midge patterns, and Lefty's non slip mono loop for streamers:cool:

Speck Lover
03-17-2010, 08:50 PM
I use the improved clinch knot out of habit I suppose. It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks.

tlshealy
03-17-2010, 09:12 PM
I've always used a pitzen knot for all other types of fishing, I tried the improved clinch when I started fly fishing, but the pitzen is so easy for me to tie and it never fails, thats all I use now.
Tad

PeteCz
03-17-2010, 10:24 PM
I've used the 16/20 (Pitzen) knot for several years and have had great success (especially with FlouroFlex Tippet). Lately, I've been experimenting with the Davy knot. It just doesn't seem like it should work, but it does...

flyred06
03-18-2010, 09:49 AM
What is the Davy Knot? I have never seen or heard of it. Is that the official name for the knot?

MadisonBoats
03-18-2010, 09:50 AM
I have always used the Clinch Knot growing up and it seemed to be the best for most situations. One thing I do not like about it is the size of the knot. I guess that is why I have leaned to the Davy Knot.

silvercreek
03-18-2010, 09:51 AM
Here's a link.
http://www.pechetruite.com/Noeuds/Davy-knot.htm

kentuckytroutbum
03-18-2010, 04:10 PM
Madison-

I've voted for the clinch knot if I'm tying on dries, emergers, and nymphs. But for a wooly booger or streamers, I like using a duncan loop with a loop about 1/2" long to allow the streamer to sway from side to side, etc.

Never heard of a Davy knot! What is it? :confused:

Oops! Sorry, I missed the link that Silvercreek posted.

Bill

Troutman
03-18-2010, 04:32 PM
I use the Rapala Knot (non-slip loop) on streamers and poppers. For small flies, I use the improved clinch knot most of the time.

flyred06
03-18-2010, 05:59 PM
Thanks silvercreek. I printed off that site and practiced the knot. I will use it and see how I like it. It is definately easy and fast to tie.

GrouseMan77
03-18-2010, 07:43 PM
Clinch. Like other users that is what I learned first and have never had a need to change.

rivergal
03-18-2010, 08:10 PM
I agree tying the Davy knot is faster, and works with cold fingers.
You can teach an old dog new tricks.

tennswede
03-18-2010, 08:15 PM
On a side note, Davy Wotton is a very knowledgeable and interesting character. I remember his DVD wet fly ways from a few years back. One day I would like to go visit his fly fishing school in Arkansas.

flyman
03-18-2010, 09:17 PM
The reduced size of the Davy knot is what I really like about it. If you use a clinch or improved clinch knot with anything smaller than a 22-24 midge the knot will sometimes be almost as large as the fly;)

MadisonBoats
03-18-2010, 09:39 PM
The reduced size of the Davy knot is what I really like about it. If you use a clinch or improved clinch knot with anything smaller than a 22-24 midge the knot will sometimes be almost as large as the fly;)

Exactly, I was surprised that more people did not use it. You can tie it in about 10 seconds with a better retention rate than a trilene knot. Actually, I figured the poll would be 75% Davy and then the rest...:eek:

David Knapp
03-18-2010, 09:55 PM
Clinch for me as it is easy to tie and I never have trouble with it breaking...

Stonefly
03-20-2010, 10:32 AM
On a side note, Davy Wotton is a very knowledgeable and interesting character. I remember his DVD wet fly ways from a few years back. One day I would like to go visit his fly fishing school in Arkansas.

I fished with Davy on the White, and he is defintely a character.

sb

3wt
03-20-2010, 08:43 PM
Pitzen knot, extremely strong and small. Seems pretty simple too, almost a reverse clinch.