Loop connections

Making loops
Large loop
Loop on a fly line
Silicone sleeve
Using loops

Using the loop system

By Martin Joergensen

easy to use
When I first started fishing with a fly rod, I spent a lot of time tying compex knots to join the different part of the rig. I wish someone had told me about loops when I started, because they would have saved me a lot af pain and frustration. I do not think that loops are the best way to join two parts of the fly line set up, but they sure are easy to use, and until you are really competent with a flyrod, you'll be pleased to know that a leader can be changed in a jiffy, without tying any knots. The loop-to-loop connection makes it so much easier to change that windknotted leader or have several fly lines that has to go on one reel.

As you become a better fly angler and more confident with knots, you can always return to knotted connections, which in some cases can give better performance than loops.

The loose loops can be bought, but they are very easy to make yourself. An other prossibility is to make the loop directly on the flyline which results in much less bulk and a much stroger connection.

How Juro Mukai sets up his shooting head system.

loop system

User comments
From: zeljko · zeljko.arbanas·at·gmail.com  Link
Submitted July 11th 2009

Let me thank you for this wide description how to solve the problem with the loops!
The only problem that remains is how to get a spool of 25 m I can use to make myself my own loops at home!?
Thank you.

From: jan johansen · jany·at·blueyonder.co.uk  Link
Submitted October 13th 2007

Thanks for getting back to me Jan

From: Ripley Davenport · admin·at·davenport-thordal.com  Link
Submitted October 11th 2007

I have always used a needle knot. Its never failed me.

GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·globalflyfisher.com  Link
Submitted October 11th 2007


I personally use the needle knot about 90% of my fishing these days. I have loops on a few lines, which I use for salmon fishing where leaders are changed from floating to sinking or on some trout lines where I use furled leaders. All my plain day-to-day lines and shooting heads now have plain needle knots and knotted or monofilament leaders.


From: Jan Johansen · jany·at·blueyonder.co.uk  Link
Submitted October 11th 2007

hi Martin do many people use the needle knot, i have gone back to it, i think the presentation seems better what do you think please

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