Learning how to do fly fishing knots or any fishing knots for that matter, is an essential skill that any fishing enthusiast should have.
Different knots serve different purposes like tying two lines together, shortening a particularly long line, to name two.
Below is a list of some of the most popular knots used in fly fishing. A description accompanies each of them to show how they are used in real-world fishing situations.
Slip Knot – this is probably one of the most basic and most important knots in fishing. This knot is used to fasten the line to the spool.
Constriction Knot – this is the type of knot which is used to tie two lines together, especially those made with different materials. However, its use isn’t advised on modern lines made of different materials.
Albright Knot – not to be associated with the former British Prime Minister, this knot is primarily used to tie the backing to the fly line. It can also be used to join lines of different diameters.
Surgeon’s Knot – a simple and neat way of trying to lines together. It can be best described as a double overhead knot.
Barrel Knot – also known as the Blood Knot, this is another way of tying two lines together. Although weaker and more complicated than the Surgeon’s Knot, it is a neater way of tying a knot.
There are several more knots that fishing enthusiasts do, but those listed above are by far the most popular and effective.