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Best knot for leader to fly fishing?


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I just want to clarify.....are you trying to attach a premade leader to fly line or tippet to leader??

If premade leader to fly line, the best (and easiest) is doing a loop to loop connection.....most fly lines made in the last several years have a loop and all premade leaders have a loop. Therefore, loop to loop is easiest. If your fly line is older or more inexpensive, you may need to put a loop on it. 

 

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9 hours ago, Jerzguy2 said:

Leader to tippet, Blood knot ( I actually enjoy tying this knot - for over 60 years ).  Always used a nail knot for fly line to leader. Sometimes coat it with UV cement. How often do you change leaders, maybe a couple times a year ?

I would only fish a fly line with a welded loop these days. Makes swapping out leaders fast. I can go from nymphing to streamer fishing to dry fly fishing on the same rod on the same day, and I swap leaders and tippet for each of those styles. 
 

When I guide others, if they don’t have a welded loop I just nail knot a new leader to their fly line and cut it maybe 8” down the leader and form a loop in the leader mono. Now they have a loop to loop system.  

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My fly line has no loop so I use a jam knot.  tie a simple overhand knot at the very end of your fly line, pull it real tight & trim the excess close.  Insert the knot into your leader loop, wrap once around the loop & go back out of the loop on the same side you went in on & pull tight so overhand knot is locked in tight.  Very simple to swap leaders & less wind resistance than casting a  double loop.  

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