A loop instead of a knot – fly fishing

There is nothing more annoying by the water than moments of good strikes, when you need to make a knot in no time, and here once again nothing comes of it. Such situations are unlikely to happen to fly anglers – provided, that they have mastered the art of making loops.
The time of actual fishing is very valuable. The tedious installation of equipment above water is just an unnecessary waste of time, it can also be very annoying. By assembling the equipment before fishing with a series of connecting loops, from the backing to the final leader (drawing A), you will save not only valuable time, but also you will not be unnecessarily nervous. A well-made loop is a much more secure connection than a knot, especially when it is tied up in a hurry, fingers ruffled from the cold, and what's more, you stand in the middle of the river, still being careful of the water current. Thanks to the loop connection of the foundation (backing) with a fly cord, it is much easier to replace the line later or to remove it from the reel. Apart from that, for example, after fishing in salt sea water, washing the rope and backing is much easier. A loop at the end of the sleeper (to be connected to the lanyard) however, it must be large enough, so that the entire fly reel can pass through it effortlessly. The bimini-twist loop turns out to be the most practical (figure B).


It takes a little practice to make this loop. By the way, I will add, that it is much easier to tie it with a braided line than with a monolithic line. So the line is not a very good base. Fold the end of the foundation in half for a distance of approx 60 Cm. Then we hold the end of the sleeper together with the sleeper going to the reel, With the other hand, grab the loop and twist it about twenty times around its axis (1). Attach the final loop to the knee and keep it open, tighten the undercoat twisted around you, stretching it to the sides (2). Keeping everything taut, press the twisted backing on the inside with the index finger. Important: hand, whose index finger presses down on the twisted backing, must also hold the free end of the underlay at the same time.

Twist effect

Effect: while pressing, we twist the underlay with the second layer around the first twist (3). Holding this double twist in our hands, we make a simple tightening knot around one of the two branches forming a loop and tighten the whole (4, 5). Then finish the loop knot by making three wraps around the base of the loop and tighten the end of the liner (6, 7, 8). Now we will need a loop at the end of the fly line. So that the just made loop at the end of the backing can pass through the loop at the beginning of the fly line, the latter must have at least since 5 into 10 Mm. A double braided knot is ideal for making a small loop at the beginning of the fly line (finished with a needle). The streamlined shape of this knot is a great advantage when hauling (figure C.).

Wrap around knot

We make a small loop at the end of the fly line by gluing the diagonally cut end of the line to it with instant glue (1). Then we make from the fishing line 0,25-0,30 mm two wrapping knots, seven each, eight turns around the loop (2, 3, 4). We must pay attention to this, that the first wrapping knot completely covers the point where the fly line sticks together.

We tighten this knot very tightly, that the line is firmly clamped on the soft surface of the fly line (5).

If anyone wants, it can additionally secure the wrapping knot with a thin layer of neoprene or PVC glue. These adhesives, unlike the others, they are also stretchable after drying.

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