How to tie the Nail Knot
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The Nail Knot & Nail-less Nail Knot
The Nail Knot and Nail-less Nail Knot are used to attach the fly line backing to the fly line and to attach the fly line to the leader butt. However, neither of these knots is particularly easy to tie and, when used to attach the leader to the fly line, it makes it very difficult to change leaders on the stream. Thus most experienced fly fishermen use a Braided Loop Connector instead.
The Nail Knot
Like the Arbor Knot, the Nail Knot is one of the least often used fly fishing knots because it is hard to tie and, when used to attach a fly leader to a fly line, it makes changing leaders on the stream very difficult.
Step 1. Place a nail or similar item between the fly line and the fly leader. Next, loosely wrap the butt of the leader around the fly line fly line 5 to 8 times. (See illustration 1).
Step 2. Next, pass the end of the fly leader back through the loops you just wrapped around the fly line. Then, grasp both the end of the fly leader and the fly line simultaneously and pull on both ends to tighten the knot. Then remove the nail.
Step 3. Last, moisten the knot with saliva and again grasp both the end of the fly line and the end of the leader and continue to tighten the knot. Finish by clipping off the excess line and fly leader close to the finished knot.
The Nail-less Nail Knot -
Hold the fly line (black) in your left hand and lay the leader (purple) next to it. Then, create a loop by folding the leader back toward the end of the fly line and hold it in place against the fly line (see illustration).
Next, wrap the leader around the fly line 5 to 8 times while passing each wrap through the loop.
Last, hold both the end of the fly line and the end of the leader and slowly tighten the knot. However, at this point, you must be careful because it is easy to allow the knot slip off the end of the line. Then, moisten the knot with saliva and tighten it by grasping both the end of the leader and the end of the fly line and finish by triming off the excess.
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