Knot (Leader to Fly Line)
Nail knot is one of the most important knots that every
fly fisherman should learn. There are a few variations
in the way this knot is tied. The angler can use a tube
or a needle in replacement of the nail. With a little
practice, this knot can be tied very quickly. Most common
area for use is attaching the leader to the fly line.
It can also be used to attach the fly line to the backing
Step 1. Place a nail between the fly line and
leader. Wrap the leader back towards the end of your
fly line about 6 times. (See illustration 1)
Step 2. Pass the end of your leader back through
the loops you just made. After the leader is through,
pull on both ends of the fly line and leader trying
not to have the loops cross each other. Holding with
fingers, remove nail.
Step 3. Moisten and snug down by pulling both ends
away from each other. Clip excess line and leader close
to the formed knot.