Learn Some Basic Fly Fishing Knots

by Diane Crawford - Date: 2007-01-31 - Word Count: 483 Share This!

Fly fishing is something that is rapidly gaining in popularity, and can be a lot of fun. You don't have to be an experienced master fisherman to be good at fly fishing, and you may be surprised to find out that it is has very little in common with traditional fishing at all, even using different equipment and bait. Even your basic technique will be different in fly fishing, so you may want to do your homework, before you set off on that first fly fishing expedition. One of the first areas you will need to do some research on is fly fishing knots, as you will have to learn the basics, if you hope to have good luck as a fly fisherman.

There are many different types of fly fishing knots, but to begin with you only need to learn and become proficient with a few. Many of the more common knots are fairly easy to master, so you should probably start with those first. They are known as fly fishing basic knots, and include the cinch knot, the arbor knot, the nail knot, the surgeons knot, and the Albright knot. If you have a friend or are acquainted with someone who already spends a lot of time fly fishing, they may be willing to help you learn how to do these basic knots. If not, you can find out the basics online, or maybe even in your local public library or bookstore.

Each of the above mentioned knots has a different fly fishing purpose, so along with learning how to actually tie the knots, you will also need to know when to use them as well. All of the knots may take some time and practice to learn, but if you keep working with them, you will eventually get the hang of it.

Once you learn the basic fly fishing knots, you should make certain that before you start fishing, you test them out to make certain they are sturdy. You don't want to lose a great catch because of a faulty knot that is for sure! The best way to test your knots is to pour a small amount of water over them, and then pull on the lines to make sure the knots hold. No matter how proficient you become at tying knots and fly fishing, if you forget to test your knots, sooner or later you will lose a catch.

When fly fishing, you should also learn to properly care for your equipment, as it can be expensive to replace. It will eventually succumb to wear and tear no matter what you do, and you should inspect it on a regular basis, to look for just those signs. If you don't have the proper fly fishing equipment, or if it is poor condition, you will have a difficult time catching anything, no matter how great you are at tying fly fishing knots!

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