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flyguys 04-20-2012 06:57 PM

loop knot for flies?
When using a topwater lure for bass, I have used a loop knot so the lure itself will float more freely than if the knot is tied and seated directly on the eye of the lure. Has anyone ever tried this for a fly?, and if so how did it work? I thiough maybe the fly might float more naturaly this way. Any thought on the matter? flyguys

Troutman 04-21-2012 08:59 AM

The non-slip mono loop knot is the only knot I ever use for poppers and streamers. Still use the improved clinch for small trout nymph and dry flies.

DarrinG 04-21-2012 05:51 PM

Ditto on what Gary said. I too use the loop knot when fishing poppers and foam flies, or streamer-type flies that have alot of natural movement in them (such as the Swamp Rabbit fly or a SmallieCraw I tie). I just use a clinch knot for trout flies.

Knothead 04-21-2012 06:12 PM

The link for Animated Knots is great- just about any knot for any application. I looked for a link, couldn't find it- Jason Borger has a video to tie a nailless nail knot to join the fly line and monofilament leader. I use some furled leaders but have installed (?) a short mono loop on all my flyrods for the furled leader or mono leader.

Flat Fly n 05-14-2012 12:35 PM

I use a loop knot (Kreh's) on everything but a dry. This includes #18 midges. To wiggle is to attract!

MadisonBoats 05-15-2012 08:19 AM


Originally Posted by Flat Fly n (Post 100958)
I use a loop knot (Kreh's) on everything but a dry. This includes #18 midges. To wiggle is to attract!

Phil, I agree with having the extra animation. However; do you ever find that the loop is noticeable to the fish in slower water? Do you see a difference?

I use a Davy or Petzen Knot for my small midges to reduce the distractions. It does tense up the action and makes the drift less natural looking.:frown:

Flat Fly n 05-19-2012 09:29 AM

Either my flies are getting better, I am getting better, or the fish are getting dumber, but my catch rates have increased since I switched over. The ONLY time I have seen a slow take is on a dry fly. Most nymph takes IMO are a slash take so I doubt seriously they see the knot.

Who knows, maybe trout are far sighted. Why else would they hit my flies? HA!

Besides I don't break off at the knot, it seems it's always the tippett, or at the triple surgeon's knot.

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