When it comes to fly fishing, tying a knot is not the most glamorous of subjects. Without a knot, however, youll not be snatching the Muskie of your dreams.
Fly Fishing Knots
First thing first, we need to get the lingo down since we wont be using illustrations in this article. Three basic terms will cover practically any aspect of the knot tying process. Tag end refers to the last ten inches of so of line you are holding in your hand, to wit, the pointy part you will be pushing through and wrapping around things. Standing end refers to the rest of the line. Yes, very complicated and difficult to understand. Wrap refers to the action wherein you move the tag end of the line one full revolution around the standing end. The wrap can also be called a turn, but you have the general idea.
As with practically anything in fly fishing, there are an infinite number of variations to knots. Mysterious variations include the Steroidius Double Flip [good for catching professional athlete fish], the Marigold Hammer [good for catching the neighbors plants while practicing in your back yard] and the Wifeous Annoyous [a complex knot that gets you in trouble with the wife...