Fly Fishing Knots No. 2 - Fly Line to Backing
Showing how to tie a simple knot for
attaching the fly line to the backing line
The diagram below shows the main connecting
knots in fly fishing, i.e. from reel to backing line; backing line to fly
line; fly line to fly leader; fly leader to fly, with the addition of a
dropper to attach a second fly.
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illustrated instructions on how to tie each knot in the series
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Fly Line to Backing Line
This is a simply tied knot for attaching
the fly line to the fly line backing, as illustrated below.
This is a simple method of attaching most types of backing line -
nylon monofilament, dacron, braided terylene or twisted nylon - to a
traditional type of fly line i.e. a PVC coated, terylene core fly
line. It should not be used with hollow braided nylon backing line,
nor is it suitable for some modern lines with multistrand or
Step1 - Overlap the fly line and backing line by around 12 inches.
Step 2 - Take the end of the backing line and fold it over itself
and the fly line to form a loop and grip the point of overlap (A)
firmly between the thumb and forefinger of the right hand.
Step 3 - Bring the end of the backing through the loop half a dozen
Step 4 - Carefully draw the turns together while sliding the
whole knot towards the tip of the fly line. With the turns
of the knot touching, pull steadily on both ends of the
backing until the knot grips the fly line tightly. Check the
security of the knot by pulling the backing and fly line
firmly in opposite directions. When satisfied, trim the ends
This knot can also be used to tie a nylon leader directly to
the end of a braided core fly line.
FLY FISHING KNOTS
For illustrated instructions on how to tie the various fly
fishing knots, click on one of the following links
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