Most of us are in the dead of winter. Intense snowfalls, iced up rivers, and frozen boots are common place for anglers who love fishing this time of year. Nymphing is proven to be very successful during the winter months but takes can be very subtle. Having the right set up is crucial for detecting strikes and landing more fish in the long run. But what exactly is the “best” setup? In this tips and tricks video of the week, Lance Egan of Fly Fish Food breaks down a series of fly line to leader connections and which type provides the most success.
Types of Fly Line to Leader Connections
5. Loop to Loop Connection
- This type of connection is performed by tying a perfection loop in both your fly line as well as your leader.
- One loop is then placed through the other loop and then the tag end of your leader is pulled through the loop to complete the connection.
- Although this is a very popular connection type, it is not good at all for euro-nymphing. This is due to the loops being clunky and may be hung up in your guides. Long euro-nymphing leaders are constantly moving in and out of your guides therefore smooth leader connections are crucial.
4. Folded Over Loop Connection
- This type of connection is achieved by shaving the end of your fly line off and then folding it over to make a small/thin loop.
- The loop is then sealed using super glue or UV cure resin.
- You can then attach your leader to the loop using a clinch knot.
3. The Nail Knot Connection
- A nail knot is a classic knot used in many situations and can be very effective in this situation.
- It is crucial for the nail knot to be as clean as possible. The wraps should not be overlapping.
- Tag ends must be cut as tight as possible to prevent the connection from hanging up in the guides.
2. The Needle Nail Knot Connection (Lance’s Vote)
- This connection is considered the most effective for euro-nymphing and provides the least amount of hang ups.
- It is important to remember that this connection requires braid-core fly line as mono-core fly line will prevent the needle tool from working with this knot.
- This connection is achieved using a needle nail knot tool to create a hole in the fly line and then running your leader through the hole to create your nail knot.
1. The Super Glue Splice Connection
- This connection is arguably the cleanest and smoothest fly line to leader connection you can use.
- This connection is performed by splicing your leader and fly line together and then using super glue to coat the connection to improve durability.
- The only issue with this connection is that they are susceptible to failure on occasion but due provide the smoothest connection.
After looking over all of these types of connections, the loop to loop would be considered least effective and the needle nail knot or super glue splice are considered the best connections. If you are in a pinch, the clean nail knot is also a great connection type for euro-nymphing. Again, the goal is a smooth connection that can slide through your guides without getting hung up. Give these connections a shot next time you’re on the water to determine which suits you the best. Good luck and tight lines!
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