Claire Corlett

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Setting Up a Fly Fishing Reel : Fly Fishing Nail Knots

Setting Up a Fly Fishing Reel : Fly Fishing Nail Knots


Okay, the next one we’re going to do is the
nail knot, and that’s going to be used to tie the backing to the fly line and we’re
going to do it with the nail knot tool. I’ll show you, in a second, another way to do it
without a nail knot tool. Okay, first you want to put the fly line in the nail knot
tool like so, then we take the backing, lay that in there with the nail knot tool. And
what we’re going to do is just wrap the end of the backing over itself and the fly line
and we’re going to go this way. And we only need to make four wraps, so we’re going to
go one, two, three, four. Okay, now, that nail knot tool is designed so we can take
the end of that and just slide it underneath the wraps we just made. Okay, once you get it through there, the tricky
part is keeping those wraps nice and even while we pull it tight. First we pull it tight
from the short end. And then we pull the long end and slide the whole thing off the nail-knot
tool. Then keep it trapped under your fingers, tighten it up, and then you give it a nice,
even pull on either side, and when you’re done it looks like that. The trick with this
particular knot is that it grabs the fly line when you tighten it up and it doesn’t just
rip right off. So, that’s the knot you need to do to tie your backing to your fly line.

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