some kind of tippet knot

it doesn’t have a name, it doesn’t have an author; its origins are unknown. it is however a mono-to-mono* knot for joining tippet to leader and/or in a leader makeup and it’s shown to us by Peter Morse.

i’ve been playing around with this knot at home since this video came out. its easy to tie and whether pulled under constant pressure or by hard yanks, it seems as strong as any other. it’s not the prettiest of knots but some don’t care about things like that. enjoy !

*
monofilament |ˈmɒnə(ʊ)fɪləm(ə)nt| (also monofil)
noun
a single strand of man-made fibre.
• [mass noun] a type of fishing line using a monofilament.

notice how that doesn’t say anything about what that fibre might be made of: fluorocarbon, nylon or copolymer.

EDIT: Warren in the comment section informs us its called the J knot. the rest is still a mystery… 😆

Fly Fishing Knots- Steve Huff’s Double Figure-Eight Loop Knot

a super-great find via Steve Dally for all the knot freaks out there. as noted in The Japanese Figure 8 knot any knot with that magical 8 number immediately gets my attention: ‘the figure of 8 knot in itself is widely recognised and used as a stopper knot in any rope activity. it doesn’t slip or roll, its the kind of knot you can trust your life with. now, those who study knots know that not all knots are compatible between ropes and fishing monofilament but this one is.’
by ‘you can trust your life with it’ means exactly that; i used the figure 8 in one form or another daily when i worked with ropes as a tree surgeon. with things like that it’s not a matter of aesthetics or personal taste but one of complete trust.

so, and as we’ll see below, this knot is basically two stopper knots that slide up snug to each other leaving a straight inline open loop for the fly to swivel around. what’s not to like ?

for a pretty comprehensive selection of fishing knots previously posted on TLC click HERE

Fly Tying- a DIY knotted Leg Tool

i haven’t tried this yet but this little home-made gizmo found on In The Riffle’s Fb page gets a doubleplusgood for creativity and ingenuity. how does it stack up to pre-existing leg-knotting options is anyone’s guess which i suppose will be more down to personal preference rather than all-out efficiency but variety they say, is the spice of life or, as Americans would have us believe the popular (yet completely unheard of in France) french term: Vive la Différence !

the real problem with ‘wind’ knots.

wind knots‘, that’s the denialists‘ term for casting knots and no, they’re not just made by tailing loops or outrageous casting faults but today’s reminder isn’t about the causes of these knots however embarrassing or annoying they may be but of their consequence.

in other words, these knots kink the mono and greatly reduce the original breaking point of the monofilament material they’re made of.

as we’ll see in Simon Gawesworth’s video, percentages on specific materials vary but generally speaking, that reduction is approximately 50% and that puts us in a very precarious situation if a fish takes our fly because well, we’re left with half the strength threshold we originally counted on.

to make things worse and if i understand correctly,  Instron-type machines used to register elongation and breaking strains do so in a steady, smooth, pulling manner but fish tend to not follow the same procedure…

although i can’t prove this with numbers i’m very certain that sudden tugs and bursts of strength means our knotted lines will be even weaker relatively speaking than those 50 or so %.

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apart from the denialists, these knots happen to everyone at one point or another and if we want to not get into trouble and leave hooks in fish mouths, there’s only one remedy and that’s to regularly check our leaders and tippets, specially if there’s the slightest doubt or after an obvious yucky cast.

– no knots, carry on as usual.

– find a knot ? is it loose as in the pic ? just undo it and just to be sure, check for kinks.

– did it tighten/seat ? cut it off and rejoin the two pieces.

– if the knot’s too close to the fly or other ‘good’ leader knot, just replace the whole piece and you’ll be able to fish in peace.

the Perfection Loop knot- Again and again and again and again

the Perfection loop knot has been featured here on TLC more than once. we’ve seen the basic knot and two versions of how to use it as a free-swinging tippet-to-fly junction. one would think that that more-than-enough covers the subject but, Tim Flagler via MidCurrent once again found not only a better way to show us how to tie this standard every angler should know but what really caught my attention is the forth ‘again‘ of this posts’s title: the tippet-to-fly knot that starts at 3:56 in the clip below.

what sets this one apart are the clear and simple techniques used to finely adjust the loop’s size, it’s really a no-brainer that’s super-easy to get right every time and no-braining and getting things right every time allow us to think of more important things while out on the water. things such as chocolate, coffee and maybe even focusing more on why we went there in the first place, to (try to) catch fish. enjoy !

Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks- Adjusting the Loop size of a Perfection Knot

as a recap and to start off, here’s a reprint of an article on how to construct a Perfection Loop from a while back.

Tying the Perfection Loop

this loop is ‘perfect’ for loop-to-loop line-to-leader or leader-to-leader connections for anything but the biggest of fish. super easy to tie, the loop stays in line with the standing end of the monofilament and not ‘kinked’ to the side as with a Double or Triple Surgeon’s Knot. to be honest, i’m not sure it really makes any difference in leader/fly presentation to the fish but it does because i believe it does. offset kinks look messy !

i really like this video by Jim Thielemann. rarely found on any step-by-steps or diagrams is the trick we find here of passing the line around the thumb to create the second loop. this keeps the whole knot visible with the loops separated as opposed to pinching the ensemble together and then trying to pull the second loop through the first to finalize/tighten the knot. this also makes for a better control of the size of the final loop.

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now, for today’s great tip. mostly intended as a strong, quick and easy connection point between the tapered part of the leader and its tippet giving us the advantage of not having to continuously reduce the tapered part’s length as we change tippet, we’ll be creating the Perfection Loop exactly as in the video above but this time we’ll see how to easily reduce the final loop’s size, something that’s rather hard to do when using the ‘standard’ method.
we’ll notice that he uses a headphone jack plug to determine the loop size and to give us a bigger visual understanding of how to do this however, getting a very-very small loop size is the goal so, a largish sewing needle or safety pin helps get  the correct size. an added bonus is these pins are tapered and smooth and this helps slide the loop off.

alexisdepuis‘s video is in frog but don’t fret, the visuals are very clear. what we’ll want to pay special attention to is how the loop size is reduced/adjusted by pulling on the tag end before later seating the knot completely by pulling the standing line, just as in the ‘standard’ version. as with any knot, be sure to lube it up with gooey saliva before pulling anything tight and seating. in this case it would need to be applied before pulling the tag end.
to conclude, a common way of terminating the loop when doing this at home is to add a very small drop of glue and letting it completely dry before adding tippet. that’s not really a necessity but it can augment the ‘confidence factor’.
finally, these teeny-tiny loops aren’t appropriate for a loop-to-loop connection, we simply tie the tippet to the loop with our favourite knot as if it where a hook eye. enjoy !

Davy Wotton’s Davy Knot

coming from Tim Flagler i’m not in the least surprised to see the best Davy Knot video tutorial there is and if that weren’t enough, we also get a ‘Double-Davy’ version for thicker diameter tippets and bigger flies and just to one-up everyone else, Tim demonstrates how to tie either knot with a spring hackle plier, very useful for cold fingers, the seeing impaired or in dark fishing situations.
tip- try the latter with your forceps, it’s even easier and we always (should) have them on us anyway. enjoy !

pretty darn-nice Hopper Legs

via In The Riffle

i’ll leave out the video title’s extraneous superlatives and get to the point: this is a very nice and simple way to get big, fat, juicy-sexy legs for all your grasshopper and similar-legged terrestrial bug  imitations.
combining more ‘traditional’ methods of knotting feather fibers and then gluing the fibers to get a strong and realistic shape as in Ulf Hagström’s ‘Sexy legs Simply’ , hopefully this how-to will inspire a few patterns for this end-of-summer-trout-candy must-have fly. enjoy !

the Blood Knot: a new twist on an old twist

it’s not really a new twist as i found this on Gary Borger‘s site years back but this not-so-well-known knot’s particularities common to almost every knot are well worth bringing back up.
what we’ll typically see in knot diagrams, animated diagrams and videos is that a given number of turns of the tag end should be used to form the knot.

that’s all fine and well but that doesn’t mean that the line diameter used in the demonstration is the same diameter as what we’ll be using ourselves in a given situation.

since we normally don’t want our knots to slip, when tying them we need to keep in mind that a thinner diameter line needs more turns to not slip and inversely, the breaking strain tolerance of bigger diameter lines can actually be diminished by too many turns. without having any measuring tools to ‘scientifically’ turn those last statements into facts, it’s pretty easy to test this out yourself at home.
to sum it up, my guess and personal conclusion is the thinner line needs more surface contact area and the thicker material can suffer from not seating properly due to it’s inherent stiffness compared to thinner lines. that last part may or may not be correct but what i’m certain of is with thicker lines, the more turns we use, the more visible and proportionately bigger gaps there are in the knot and that’s not good.

another point that relates to the stuff above, and in our  case of the standard Blood knot, is that the typical demonstration of this knot says to use five turns on both sides and that too is all fine and well but it still doesn’t take into account mono diameter and also, that we’re usually joining two pieces of mono that have different diameters.

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while that standard knot may hold without failing with mono diameter jump ups or downs of one size (ex: 4x to 5x), the connection that has already been weakened by doing so will start to really suffer if we increase diameter difference when connecting a two size difference as 4x to 6x and even worse if we connect 4x to 7x.
ok, the 7x example is quite extreme and of little practical use (and of course weak) but that example is to give you an idea that the standard knot would give an asymmetric final knot if tied as per equal turn instructions.

now, as a brilliant and simple solution to remedy the nasties above, Gary devised the 5/7 Blood knot seen here. it’s still the same knot in it’s basic construction but the thinner materials gets two extra turns resulting in a better grip. it doesn’t slip and the knot becomes symmetric again and regains all of it’s efficiency where it really matters: in the ‘real world’ of fishing.

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related articles

“Do not blindly accept statements about 95 and 98 percent knots. Even if a claim is the product of rigorous testing, it indicates what a knot can achieve rather than what it will always achieve.”

Art Scheck via MidCurrent

or in other words, take your time, inspect and test. it’s well worth the extra seconds.

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for a selection of recommended knots that suit our fly fishing needs click on the mess above.

Tying the No-Name knot

here’s another nice, simple  and well explained knot tutorial from James Thielemann

loops in lines are usually connected by a loop-to-loop system because they’re quick and easy to do (specially with cold and wet fingers or in the dark) but sometimes we might want to connect a loop to a standing line and this one’s just the ticket.
reminiscent of an Albright knot, the No-Name seems better adapted to joining materials whose diameters are relatively similar, it needs only three wraps and the tag end doesn’t need to be tied in that strange unsightly loop on the standing line in front of the main knot and that makes it definitely sexier !

and if you’re in a knotty mood, click here for a selection of knotted goodies previously featured.

Knotting your Legs by Hand

last week’s great tying tip treat was a whip-finish hand job and continuing on Hans Weilenmann‘s ‘fly tying how-to’ series here comes a couldn’t be simpler way to tie knots in feather fibers or whatever to make lively, kickin’, sexy legs for all your hopper, bibio, you name it flies with legs. enjoy !

while i’m at it, Hans, here’s a challenge for your next tutorial. :mrgreen:

Spectra and Super Braid Fishing Knot

via animated knots.com

at first look, the fly angler will probably think this of no use or something solely reserved the for the Anal-Angler, but ! what got my attention with this one was:
a lot of the smaller trout reel spools leave very little room for backing and even though it’s almost never i get to see the backing when fighting a trout-type fish i like to have some there just in case ! to make up with this lack of backing space i’ve been using very thin braided line from the luring/spinning industry as it’s incredibly thin for it’s strength. the connection to the fly line is a loop to loop with a loop big enough on the backing end to be able to easily slide a reel or line spool through it to be able to change lines quickly. now, what that leaves me with is a very fine, un-stretching connection connected to a much bigger and softer one. it hasn’t happened yet but i’m pretty sure that if enough force was put on this connection the thinner braid would just cut through in the manner a wire cheese slicer does. not good !
placing a sleeve over the braid as in the video below before making the big loop would keep the cheese slicing from happening and also make it easier to pull the loops apart when changing lines. good !
speaking of cheese, i’m off to have a quick snack and off to try out some new fly lines that came in yesterday. enjoy the day !

Typical North Country Spider Leader Setup

we’ve seen quite a bit on North Country Spider patterns and fishing techniques and here, thanks to Stephen Cheetham of Fishing with Style we get some greatly detailed  info and tips on general leaders setups for this method, with and without droppers.

a strong hunch tells me the knot above comes from commercial fishing, most probably used for ‘long-lining’ but it’s just the ticket for these leader setups and also a good one for dry & nymph rigs, particularly when using Reversed-Parchute  as the dropper cannot be attached on the hook bend. good stuff indeed, thanks Stephan !

be sure to click on the image to discover a lovely selection of flies and other goodies. enjoy !

the Kryston Non-Slip Loop

via anglingknots.com

with well over a thousand hits just this week on the Tying the Lefty Loop or Non-Slip Loop article  (yup ! it sure is nice to see such interest regarding important elements such as terminal knots), since several options are always better than one, here’s another Loop Knot that looks equally promising.

having found this knot the other day, i haven’t actually fished it yet but have informally tested it at home with 0,15mm (5X), 0,20mm (3X) and 0,28mm (0X) tippet and seems to be just as good and strong as the Lefty Loop as no breakages have occurred at the knot itself.
why bother ? well, a few things came to mind while playing with it and the first one was it’s easier to get it ‘just right’ in low to no light situations.
another aspect is i find it easier to control the loop size, something of great interest to me, specially with smaller flies.

we’ll notice the diagram seems to advocate this knot for fluorocarbon tippets. all tests have been made with Stroft GTM, a silicone-PTFE tempered nylon  with the results noted above.
– as a tip and to clarify the diagram, in step four be sure to put in a good glob of spit before tightening down the knot loop.
– outside of helping to avoid snagging weeds and other junk, i cant imagine the last half-hitch contributing to the knot’s effective resistance. i have tried it with and without with no marked difference in either one. no knots broke and that’s usually a good sign !


btw, Kryston makes me think of Kryptonite. if the latter can reduce a Super-Hero to a slithering blob i can’t imagine the former having any problems taming some slimy fish !… :mrgreen:

psyche-far out-delic Color-Changing nylon !

via Discoveries + Breakthroughs Inside Science

Nylon fishing line is designed to have some natural stretch to it. But if you pull on it too hard — which happens when fighting to reel in a particularly large fish– it can stretch so much that its structure is badly weakened.”

what’s more relevant in this issue and apparent to anyone who is 1- cognitive and 2- an actual fisher, is how stretch affects knot strength, the over-tightening and consequent weakening of the material by the over-eager, over-excited taurinesque Redbull filled angler being a much greater cause of break-offs than the actual rectilinear strengths of the material.
as seen on the image below, this particular knot is choked at  the standing line side and the remainder of the tippet has changed to a sickly, gross, Alien barf green, a sharp tug and Goodbye Charlie !


“HOW IT WORKS: The new fishing line contains a type of polymer that fluoresces — emits light — when viewed under ultraviolet light. The color of light emitted depends on how much stress the polymer molecule has experienced. When the line is not under stress, the molecules are close together and emit reddish-brown light under a UV lamp. When it stretches, the molecules pull apart and emit green light. A fisherman can check his line under UV light and discard it if it glows green.”

ok, so the first thing i’m thinking is, groovy.
trés groovy indeed but we’ve come to rely on a lot of other aspects in nylon selection that unless this maybe-future color-changing line has all the other qualities we require, we’re pretty unlikely to go out and change all our countless tippet spools for some material that’ll induce yet another anxiety to the fly fisher: the fear of leaders and tippets going Alien-barf green.

on the other hand, using this material to demonstrate that certain knots and connections are better than others would be a great boon for a lot of people.
as an example, we could prove once and for all how the Clinch knot (which i suspect is the contemptible knot above) is utter shite and improve humanity by banning it from the world in a somewhat same manner books where burned in Bradbury’s hot and sticky  Fahrenheit 451.

well yeah, fly fishing purity might just need to happen through fire ! :mrgreen:

click the knot-pic for more info on this new juicy line.

Hinging or Myth…

brillantissime Jim Williams once again !  Jim’s one of those big things that pays attention to the little things in life and here’s a doozy !

this time it’s about connecting loops:

(don’t worry and yes, that’s the WRONG way. it’s only there to hopefully peak your interest enough to click the pic to find the correct way once you’ve finished reading here)

but more importantly and the real gem of this article because hardly ever mentioned: loop size, monofilament stiffness/suppleness and how they all go together as a whole to create a flawless energy-transmitting non-hinging  connection. enjoy !

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.”


click here for the rest of this great article. enjoy !

good knots

it’s been brought to my attention lately that a lot of people believe good casters never make ‘wind knots’.

well, that’s a load of bull it’s just not true. i regularly have the great joy of meeting and casting with what are referred to as some of the best fly casters in the world and i can assure you that it’s quite rare to see a ‘clean’ leader, specially during competion-style distance casts. heck, i even specialize in figure-of-eight knots! (above and below) these knots are a good thing. a blessing. they teach us.

they’re here to remind us that we can always improve and do better, but mostly to remind us that fly casting is an activity that no-one will ever truly master. that might be a hard one for some to swallow. too bad. the one below happened to me during a course. i had a dozen or so beginning students in front of me, i lifted the line to demonstrate a cast, the leader or fluff got stuck in some mole turds (see the mounds in the background), jerkiness happened (the line jerked and i jerkied it even more) and what happened next took around five minutes to undo. of course this isn’t supposed to happen and of course it’s entirely my fault !  (i hadn’t taken the mole turds into consideration) and to make it even worse, what knotted so badly was the fly line… however, what happened was all of a sudden, the dozen or so people smiled with even a few polite and well deserved giggles. what happened was all of a sudden, the pupils and the teacher where on the same level and all of a sudden, the whole group was less intimidated by their beginnerness. the day finished wonderfully and most left with enough casting skills to go out and catch a fish or two. a big lesson there for both sides. just like the sticker says: “sometimes it’s good to fuckup… “

Double Loop-to-Loop Connection

by Jon B. Cave via Rio‘s blog

a most fantastic find here. as Jon explains in great detail, if the joining line diameters and/or stiffness don’t match, the connection doesn’t seat properly, making it both hinge and weaker.
“The union formed by joining one loop to another is a strong one when properly done (see photo 1); however, if the loop-to-loop knot isn’t executed correctly by drawing the loops tightly together so that they remain seated in place, a hitch may develop at one of the loop ends and weaken the connection (see photo 2).

the solution is as simple as is it ingenious, double the loop ! brilliant !

click here for Jon’s great article.

Frank Sawyer’s Bow Tie

very similar in concept as the SS Knot where the knot is outside of the hook instead at the eye, this super-creative ‘outside of the box’ Bow Tie Buzzer (BTB) rig thought up by the amazingly observant Frank Sawyer quite frankly gets me all excited…
what a simple, ingenious solution to something i’ve been trying to work out for years: getting a Shipman’s Buzzer to hang vertically, basically on the surface without having resorting to a blob of foam or worse yet, cdc feathers.

” When rigged properly the bow tie should seat nicely in the hook eye when the nymph is slid down to it, and yet it should be free to move. The actual hook eye of the nymph is free on the leader and so rigged that it can wobble from side to side or spin completely round as though swivelled. This combination of movement is sufficient to delude fish into thinking the nymph is alive. “
click here for the complete article

and i bet it does ! as this is the exact position the midges are in when trying to penetrate the water’s surface film for their final transformation.
swinging back and forth, spinning and bobbing up and down, sounds like a trout’s buggy version of a lascivious pole-dancer. who could resist !



i’m thinking a small piece of polypropylene or similar floating yarn held together with a Duncan knot would do nicely for the ‘breather puff’.

a braid to monofilament knot

i was going through old photo files and found this unusual knot taken years ago from a Berkley catalogue. unusual for us in the fly fishing world because it’s for connecting braided lines, so popular in the spin fishing world to monofilament, nylon, copolymer or fluorocarbon.
however, a lot of fly fishers are experimenting and using braids as the main core of their leaders, specially in the European nymphing methods as braids don’t stretch, leading to a higher sensitivity in detecting strikes, a very important bonus for this type of nymphing.
being braided, they can not form a ‘memory’ coil and they also are much-much stronger than any mono for the same given diameter.
knot-wise,  braids slip like crazy compared to monofilaments because of their structure and coatings and they require special knots.
in the case of mixing materials like we’re doing here, we also want to be careful to not destroy one’s resistance with the other by having the stronger non-stretching braid dig into the softer flexible mono.

the Stren Knot below is pretty self-explanatory, notice (and hopefully keep in mind for later use on the water) that the mono knot is tied like a 5-turn Duncan (Uni) knot and the braid like an 11-turn Improved Clinch.
easy and strong, give this a try if you’re experimenting with braids.

Tying the Albright Knot

by Jim Thielemann

as a follow up to the Nail Knot step by step video where it was noted that other knots are better suited for stronger species, here’s a big classic that suits the bill.

i’ve really been enjoying Thielmann’s series of tutorial videos on knot construction. his in-depth knowledge of them combined with thoughtful tips and tricks and a straightforward, no BS manner make these vids a real treat in this world where so many try to reinvent the wheel without making it any rounder.

the Albright knot is used to connect lines of different material matter or that have a diameter difference too great for other knots. most commonly known for connecting saltwater/big game leader butts to the fly line tip and as a backing to back end of the fly line connection, it can also be used in mono-to-mono or nylon-to-fluorocarbon leader construction or when connecting bite-proof wire tippets to the rest of the leader for toothy fish.

simple to tie and very strong, it’s only inconvenience might be it’s doubled-over plus covered-in-wraps size making it ‘bump’ and maybe catch as it goes through rod rings but that’s usually not an issue with bigger game as most leaders tend to be rather short.

Nail-Knot with a… nail !

a nice ‘twist’ to an old standard. well explained with special attention to details, this one shows a different way of wrapping the leader butt around the line by using a loop instead of just the tag end. nifty and practical specially when a fast leader change is needed on the water.

personally, i believe that wrapping the the butt end of the leader eight times around the line is completely useless and actually detrimental to the knot. it is just too long without making the connection any stronger, creating a stiffer and sharper ‘hinge’ area at the back end of the knot/line-tip junction. this breaks the fly line’s coating and leaving the all too flexible fly line core as the only thing holding the connection together, also disrupting the energy transfer between the line and leader. the break will eventually occur both while casting as the loop is created and unfolds and when the knot is brought through the rod tip when landing a fish.

in freshwater and with bigger species like pike, carp and salmon i’ve not had a single failure yet using three turns although for bigger lines in single and double hand 7wt and up i might take four wraps just to appease the ‘you never know’ doubt feeling…

as a reminder, the Nail Knot is not recommended for use for big strong sea-type fish as when there’s enough pull the knot simply strips the coating from the fly line. more on monster fish connections later !

video source: dreamcastidaho.com


the Duncan Knot

The DUNCAN LOOP KNOT by Norm Duncan

in this article Duncan explains how he developed the knot and then how it was stolen from him from an outdoor writer and renamed as the Uni-Knot…

“In the early 1960’s I was trying to develop a new way of tying a nail knot, I wanted to eliminate the need for using a nail.

I invented this knot around 1962 and first started showing it to my friends, then to the various fishing clubs, the sportfishing community in South Florida quickly caught on and started calling it “Duncan’s Loop”. Everyone knew I had invented this unique knot that applied to many of the terminal tackle innovations that were developing during this time period. This name became well enough established through the years that it eventually becoming known as the “Duncan Loop”. One day in the mid 1970’s Vic Dunaway the local outdoor writer called me and asked if I could explain and show him my knot, I went over to his house in Cutler Ridge sat on his back porch and explained how I developed the knot, showed him how to properly tie it and gave the pros and cons of the various applications. I was very surprised when a few months later Vic published an article in a sportfishing magazine in which he claimed to have invented a new knot that he called the “Uni Knot”. I understand that he justifies this by claiming that he adapted the knot to other applications. I have never confronted him regarding what I consider as his stealing and renaming my knot because he acquires notoriety and makes money by publishing articles related to the “Uni-Knot”. Since none of the sportfishing publications have seen fit to publish any of my writings I must find some way to document the innovations that I have made in the sportfishing arena. In this case the outdoor writer published his article about what I had invented over ten years earlier; meanwhile, none of these writers have quoted or published anything that has given me proper credit for the innovations that I created.”

-for Norm’s complete article graciously provided for us by Norm himself scroll down to the comments section-

this video shows how easy this knot is to tie, click the image.

keeping the fingers of his right hand inside the loop is a nice trick that’s usually not mentioned. at the end we see him leaving an open loop but we can tighten it down to the eye of the hook as on the diagram at the top of the page if we want. i often use this knot in open loop form at first but it always cinches down to the eye after catching a fish. if a permanent loop is required the ‘Non-Slip Loop’ is a better option in my opinion.

this is my go-to tippet to fly knot. even during tests at home it has not failed once on any sized diameter mono or fly used and even less on a fish. i highly recommend it.


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