Knots, knots, and more knots. As fly fishermen, we live and die by the knots we tie. Like everything, every knot can be tied to suit a specific purpose. If you are a fan of throwing streamers, you know that having life-like movements are key to success. But have you ever wondered how to give your streamers more action? If so, the non-slip loop knot is the knot for you! Injured baitfish tend to swim sporadically throughout water columns making them easy targets for hungry feeders. In this tips and tricks tutorial, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions demonstrates how to tie the non-slip loop knot.
- Place the fly in your right hand and your leader in your left.
- Move 6-7 inches up your leader and create a simple overhand knot, but do not tighten.
- Thread the tag end of your tippet or leader through the hook eye.
- Loop the tag end back through the hole of the overhand knot in the exact opposite way it came out.
- Pull the tag end to close down the loop attached to the hook eye but don’t tighten fully.
- Pinch the knot with your right hand and with your left hand, wrap the tag end around the running line 4 to 8 times depending on the size of the running line.
- Once the wraps are completed, pass the tag end back through the same side of the knot created earlier. (This is very important)
- To seat the knot, pull the running line and tag end in opposite directions. It is recommended to lubricate the knot with saliva before seating to prevent abrasion.
- Cut the tag end off and hit the water! Tight lines!