It’s in the detail…

by Jim Williams

“Whilst reviewing my line to leader connections this core nail knot has been one of the most rewarding thus far in terms of the ‘likey factor’.”

and we all know how important the ‘likey factor’ is !
Jim had impressed my ‘likey factor’ a little while back with his great Fly line tip ring- step by step and here he does it again, this time with an ingenious method of attaching the butt end of a leader to the line with a very nice energy transition between the line and leader and without having a big knot-bump snagging against the rod tip when we pull in line or when a fish wants to run away from the net, always a tricky moment as these ‘bumps’ can easily jolt a leader enough to break it at the hook, specially when using light tippets.

“Threading the butt section into the fly line when needle knotting amongst other things expanded the diameter ever so slightly which really did bug me (I know it’s being pretty anal but it’s the detail I look for very much in the same way fly tiers do with their flies… who’d criticise that?) So stripping the line to the core, sealing it and then nail knotting on all but the last few millimetres has given me exactly what I’d hoped for.”

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6 thoughts on “It’s in the detail…

    • haha ! hey, ya know what ?
      i just realized i’ve done something quite similar to clear mono-core intermediate lines over the last 3-4 years by stripping back the coating and blood-knotting core and leader butt. smaller knot and smoother transition like your method.
      we be of the same blood… 😎

  1. I used the clue the line in the fly line core for years, but came back to this solution, because of its “sexyness” 😉

    Now, I’m lazy and use mostly the RM Minicons 😉

    • at our age it might be best to stay on the sexy side of things Sven !
      the minicons are great but only with leaders that are no longer than the rod. i typically use twice that length so even if they’re better than other sleeved loops they’re still a pain. (and a great way to loose fish at a crucial moment!)

  2. Any issues with hinging at the nail knot/fly line coating interface?

    • not at all Bob. the knot should be up tight against the coating’s end and the whole knot/line coating connection should be coated with a very thin layer of flexible glue to prevent water seepage within the line just like any other leader to line connection. no stiff superglue !

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