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Fly line leader connection

Im new to fly fishing and I just got my fly reel spooled and it currently has a small piece of mono or fluorocarbon tied to the end in a loop. I was wondering what type of knot I would use to tie the leader to that piece of mono or fluorocarbon.
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Re: Fly line leader connection

tie a perfection loop and never worry about it again, or tie a nail knot if you don't like how the perfection loop can sometimes catch in your guides.

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Re: Fly line leader connection

+1 on the nail knot for fly line to leader.
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Re: Fly line leader connection

I will just say this. If your fly line already has the loop, I'd go with a perfection knot b/c it is MUCH easier to tie stream-side should you ever have to retie. Plus, many prepackaged tapered leaders come with the loop already tied, simply join the two loops together and there you are. I never end up with line through the guides anyway, but I can see how that would be a drawback. I'd try both and see how it goes, just my opinion.

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Re: Fly line leader connection

what psycho beagle said.. if you have a loop in the end that came spooled tie a perfection loop in the leader you want to attach then join loop to loop...that will make a square knot


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Re: Fly line leader connection

Thanks everyone I will most likely try the perfection and see how that works.
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Re: Fly line leader connection

I like to use a sheet bend knot, quick, easy, small profile and never had it fail, even with 10lb+ fish.

In the video, the blue line is the leader loop and the red is the fly line.

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Re: Fly line leader connection

If you are fishing with longer leaders... nail not is definitely the way to go. Dab of zap a gap on it makes it slide through the guides like nothing. If you invest in the nail not tool, the not is just as easy as anything else.
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Re: Fly line leader connection

I put a quick connect loop on the end of my fly line...its like a Chinese finger trap plus you melt shrink tube over top of it...I haven't broken one yet...

To that I tie my leader..I don't worry about it going through the guides as you need some fly line out to cast anyways...
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Re: Fly line leader connection

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tie a perfection loop and never worry about it again, or tie a nail knot if you don't like how the perfection loop can sometimes catch in your guides.
Uh, he stated the flyline already has a loop tied onto the end so he doesn't need to create another one.

To the OP, all you need is a leader with the loop already made (the most popular leaders sold today) then you connect the leader to the fly line in a "loop to loop" connection pulling the leader line all the way thru the fly line loop and moisten the loop to loop connection BEFORE pulling it tight- this will "close" the loops making the cast more efficient and allowing it to slip thru the guides as easily as the rest of the line (you always leave plenty of flyline out past the last guide for the cast anyway.)

Nowadays most leaders are sold with the loop already made for you, no need to even tie perfection knot to connect it to the flyline. Those that aren't will be labeled "knotless" on the package and thus would require tying a perfection knot.

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