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cacoolee

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:05 am    Post subject: good fly fishing knots Reply with quote

What are good fly fishing knots for tying flies? I am new to fly fishing and when i tie a fly to the line, they always come off after about 10 flicks. I've used the clinch and the duncan knot. I'm also using 4 pound test leader line. Please give me some good knots that won't get undone.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:25 am    Post subject: Re: good fly fishing knots Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum, cacoolee. Very Happy

The knots you are using should be fine and this site with animated links will take you through each stage to make sure you are tying them correctly ...

http://www.animatedknots.com/indexfishing.php

If you are fishing in the salt then I would recommend that you increase your leader strength to at least 10lbs. I personally use 15lbs for my saltwater fly fishing. Smile

This link posted by one of the forums regular contributors 'tenet' is also very good ...

http://www.gofishing.co.uk/Angling-Times/Section/Videos/All-Coarse-Videos/Videos-Search-Results/Techniques/How-to-tie-the-Figure-of-8-loop-knot/

Hope this helps

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good advice from Alan.

Don't be offended but I would question if they always come off after 10 false casts or so, you may want to check your casting technique. You don't get a 'whip crack' noise do you as the line turns over (like the sound track from an Annie Oakley film)?

Poor casting will test any knot.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes your leader is way to weak. Which if you are trying to cast something like a clouser would explain why it's breaking.

8lb minimum and no reason not to fish 10-12lb
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