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Fly fisher's knots
Illustrations of the best knots for your flylines, leaders and tippets
LinksA test in the print magazine Fly Fisherman showed the Trilene and the Orvis knot to be equally strong and on top of that said that they were able to maintain 100% of the line strength. I really have my doubt if that will hold for all types and thicknesses of line, but still it does prove that these could be the knots of choice for the concerned fly fisher. I personally prefer knots that pass the line through the eye twice - like the Trilene and the Palomar knot. My favorite loop knot is the Surgeons loop which is easy to tie and has served me well. If I need a guiding knot, I tie the Mörrum Guiding knot.
Read the intro to the knot section
About setting up reel, backing and line
About tying your own leaders
Leader and tippet Q&A
Book Review: With LaFontaine's Legacy, Al and Gretchen Beatty close the book on one of the most creative and innovative fly tying minds we've ever known. Gary wanted to publish one more work, capturing the new and changed flies he invented, but his illness would not let him. Al, Gretchen, and other friends took it upon themselves to finish what Gary started.
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Doing the Limbata
Full Metal Jacket Nutria Muddler, variations
Sheep hair flies
Baaahhh: Recently I've begun working with a material that was introduced to me through the tying of Dave Whitlock. In particular, his "sheep series" of baitfish flies. It's Icelandic Sheep Hair, although some distributors refer to it as "Streamer Hair" or "Secret Streamer Hair". I've found it to be a wonderful tying material for large streamer type flies.
...here, nothing there: Sometimes trout and grayling sip "nothing" from the surface. You have tried the smallest parachute in your fly box - size 18. What they are taking is much smaller. You look again into your fly box, and right - there is no "Nothing" there.
Fill up your fly box with nothing here
Bamboo part 3
Two flies in one
Do's and dont's
Fly Rodding the Coast
This fly is NOT called Europe!
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