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Re: Blood Knots on tippet

2006/9/14 10:34
From Southeast PA
Posts: 3
I hate to say never, but I think the answer is never. I try to keep the loops fairly small, about a half inch to an inch at most in diameter, but with the small diameter of tippet the loops end up being more like parallel lines. The leader loop, even if it's maybe 3X, gets permanently "deformed" into this shape, so that sometime it's even difficult to slip the tippet loop through it. It's more like a slot. Now I do sometimes get my leader/tippet tangled around the loop connections at the butt end of the leader, but this is rare, and loop connections for leader-to-fly line are commonly used. And the loops don't affect my casting at all, as far as I can tell. Maybe some fly fishers with super-refined casting abilities and super-technical leader formulas would notice something, but not me.

Posted on: 2007/5/31 14:21
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Re: Blood Knots on tippet

2006/9/9 8:53
From York
Posts: 120
I just read that in Lefty Kreh's book on flyfishing knots. Do you find the no slip mono loop difficult to close?


Chris, Yeah, I have to catch the tag end between my teeth. I do the same with bloodknots--my dentist has a problem with this. Learned this knot the same place you did. I've used the overhand loops too and have had very little problems--but I've also lost some very nice fish from the loops breaking.


Posted on: 2007/6/2 18:09

Re: Blood Knots on tippet

2006/9/20 21:44
From E-Town and Germania
Posts: 323
I use perfection end loops on the leader and the tippet. A simple loop to loop connection (slip knot) and you are ready to go. When your tippet gets to short you don't have to bother with blood knots, just clip the old one off and loop on another tippet section. You can even make tippets ahead of time so you have no knot to tie at all. And I am 55, wear bifocals, and have pig fingers so if I can do it you guys can too.

Posted on: 2007/6/2 18:46

Re: Blood Knots on tippet

2006/9/11 13:21
From West Chester PA
Posts: 9
Furled leaders folks! Not braided, furled. There is a difference. I venture to say if you try one, you will never look back. I gave one a try 3 years ago and have not used anything else since.

Posted on: 2007/6/7 7:44
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