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Old 11-20-2006, 08:16 PM
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Up until yesterday I had used a blood knot for the tippet-to-leader connection. Yesterday I had to add tippet twice....6x, in the rain, with numb hands, and low light. After hearing me complaining Redc4man pointed out how much easier it is to use a surgeon's knot.

So I was wondering. What knots do the rest of you use? I use an improved clinch knot for tippet-to-fly, a surgeon's knot for leader-to-tippet, and a nail knot for leader-to-fly line.
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Old 11-20-2006, 09:01 PM
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I like the surgeons knot for tippet to leader. I use an improved clinch knot for tippet to fly and this knot that Lefty Kreh showed me (which seems stronger) but I don't know the name of it. The biggest thing with knots that I have learned is to wet them well and secure them with a nice consistent pull. Lefty preaches that a knot will fail if or when it slips. I only seem to have bad luck with these knots when they are tied in haste. Always make fresh tippet knots if you are re-using a leader too!

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Old 11-21-2006, 12:27 AM
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I like the double surgeon as well for tippet to leader (sometimes I triple it when using 'carbon), and the ol standby improved clinch knot for the tippet to fly...
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Old 11-21-2006, 12:52 AM
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Double surgeon's knot for anything you'll catch in the smokies, however, if your whiling large streamers above your head I'd stick with the blood knot. The double surgeon makes fishing a little more plesent mainly because it takes less time fumbling with your line in your hands instead of lying it on the water . The orvis knot seems to work pretty darn good for tippet to fly though and there's another knot out there I have yet to tie, a turtle knot. Anyone ever use it? I hear it works exceptionally well with the smallest of flies 18 and up and is great for presentation! There was a whole article written about this knot in one of the many magazines floating around this house, it's about time to dig it out and start using it!
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Old 11-21-2006, 01:02 AM
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I use the Orvis knot for fly to tippet -- I've found it to be much stronger than the clinch knot. Orvis also has a variation on the double surgeon's loop for tippet to leader that also seems to be just a bit stronger than the double surgeon's loop. For leader to fly line I use a loop-to-loop connection.

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Old 11-21-2006, 09:13 AM
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I use mostly furled leaders now and use a trilene knot to attach the tippet. When I use tapered leaders, I use a nested uni knot for the tippet connection.

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Old 11-21-2006, 10:07 AM
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tippett/leader to fly--clinch; tippett to leader-blood knot; leader to fly line- albright (sometimes a nail knot).
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Old 11-21-2006, 12:00 PM
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After 40yrs. I,ve found the Orvis loop knots work best for me . Just loop the two lines together seperating the big loop and making 3 turns and pulling down snuggly. Works great on tippet to fly. The secret being the knot doesn't get tighter and tighter ! That my 2 cents. slickrock!
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Old 11-21-2006, 12:46 PM
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Line to leader = Loop
Leader to tippet = double surgeon
tippet to fly = improved clinch

Worked fine for me for a dozen years as long as I don't screw it up.
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Old 11-21-2006, 12:57 PM
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for fly to tippet, i've recently changed from improved clinch to palomar. it's much stronger, and faster and easier to tie. the weak link now seems to be the double surgeon's knot in the tippet.
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