Author: Trouts Staff
The blood knot is most commonly used for joining monofilament of similar diameters together. Most people will use this knot instead of the classic double surgeons, as it tends to finish a bit cleaner. When you first tie this knot you will a bit challenged and uncoordinated, but like any other knot, with practice you’ll quickly get the hang of it.
Lay the lines on top of one and other facing in opposite directions. Cross one end over the other, and wrap this line three or four times around the other. Then place the end of this line in the crotch or the V formed by the two lines.
The Non-Slip Loop Knot is a must have for any freshwater or saltwater angler. By creating a loop at the head of the fly, this knot allows for a more natural movement of the fly through the water. So next time you’re throwing streamers from a drift boat, or crabs to tailing permit, use the Non-Slip Loop Knot to give yourself an added advantage.
I’ve never been able to figure it out, but there is a major disparity in Colorado between the number of dry fly fisherman vs. nymph fisherman. If you visit a popular stretch of river on any given day, not matter if its winter, spring, summer or fall, I guarantee you will see a majority of fisherman dredging the bottom while staring intently at a strike indicator of various shapes, sizes, and forms. I’ll be the first to admit that I too have a bit of a nymph fishing addiction. More times than not I find my self unknowingly reaching for a nymph box instead of my dry flies. But why is this? What makes us want to dredge the bottom of a river instead of using the traditional fly fishing techniques that have defined our sport? In order to fully understand this impulse, we first must look at the many myths, misconceptions and falsehoods that exist regarding fishing dry flies.