How Do You Tie a Fly Fishing Knot?

Tying knots is an essential part of fly fishing. Whether you are attaching a leader to your fly line, attaching a tippet to a leader, or tying on a fly, knowing the right knot to use and using it correctly can make all the difference in your success on the water.

The Nail Knot is the most commonly used knot for connecting a leader to a fly line. To tie it, begin by threading the leader’s end through the eye of the fly line. Next, wrap the lines 5-7 times and pass the tag end back through the wraps before pulling it tight. Finally, trim any extra tag ends.

The Double Surgeon’s Knot is another great choice for joining two pieces of monofilament together, such as attaching tippet material to a leader. This is an easy knot to tie and provides excellent strength with minimal bulk.

To tie this knot, start by overlapping the two lines about 4-6 inches and then wrap them around each other at least five times before pulling them tight.

Finally, for attaching flies to your tippet material there are numerous options available but probably the most popular and widely used is the Improved Clinch Knot. This knot is simple to tie and provides great strength while still maintaining a small profile that will not interfere with the action of your fly. To tie this knot start by passing the tag end of your tippet through the eye of your hook twice before making five turns around both lines then pulling them tight.


Knowing how to properly tie knots when it comes to fly fishing can be an invaluable skill that can help you become more successful on the water. The three most common knots used in fly fishing are: The Nail Knot for attaching leaders; The Double Surgeon’s Knot for attaching two pieces of monofilament together; And The Improved Clinch Knot for tying on flies.

By learning these three knots and practicing them regularly you will be sure to experience more success when it comes time to hit the water.

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Daniel Bennet