How Do You Make a Fly Fishing Knot?

Fly fishing is an excellent way to relax, explore nature, and catch some fish. But before you can start fishing, you need to know how to make a fly fishing knot.

Fly fishing knots are essential for connecting your line to the leader, fly line, and tippet. If you’re new to fly fishing, it can seem daunting but with a few simple steps, you can learn to make a strong and reliable knot.

Step 1:

First, you’ll need a length of leader material (usually monofilament or fluorocarbon) that is at least twice the length of the rod. You will also need a piece of tippet material that is roughly 1/3 the size of the leader.

Step 2:

Next, create a loop in the leader material with your fingers by overlapping one end over the other. Then thread both ends of the leader through the loop. Make sure that the tag end (the end that comes out last) is on top when pulling it through.

Step 3:

Create another loop in tippet material by bringing one end up through the initial loop in the leader material and then circle it around itself. Make sure that both ends of tippet are even when pulling it through.

Step 4:

Now bind both loops together with an overhand knot. First bring one end around and then thread it back through both loops and pull tight.


Making a fly fishing knot may seem intimidating at first but once you understand how each step works together it’s actually quite easy! With practice and patience, you’ll be able to tie reliable knots quickly and be ready for your next fly fishing adventure.

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Lindsay Collins