There are many different knots you can use for fly fishing but there aren’t many that are guaranteed to keep your fly straight. This simple little knot is one I have used for many years for trout, sea trout and salmon fishing. It’s easy to tie and keeps the line from ‘hingeing’ on the eye of the hook.
This is how it goes:
1. Thread the leader through the eye of the hook front to back
2. Make a hangman’s loop – see pic
3. Thread the end back through the eye and bend backwards along the shank of the hook.
4. Pass the loop over the hook, trapping the leader end and tighten smoothly after moistening with saliva
5. Trim end of leader to about 1/8”
There you have it – the fly is straight and completely secure – simple but effective!
P.S. I have used very thick line for the illustrations – in reality the knot looks very neat and small.