Knot-tying and Rod Actions

A good fly fisher knows his knots. Knowledge on tying knots is essential such that it provides lure, strength, and security necessary to achieve a successful catch. Before you cast and score some bounty, here are a few things to be aware of when using specific knots:

ARBOR KNOT (Reel to backing)

  • Easy to tie
  • Makes lines wind easier and faster
  • Provides extra backing (For big catches that take quite some time to reel in)
  • Reduces line memory – cuts down casting distance and sensitivity (for small fishes)

ALBRIGHT KNOT (Backing to fly line)

  • Moderate to tie
  • Suitable for joining lines of different diameters
  • Can also be used for joining the fly line to the leader
  • It is basically an all-around knot with a wide range of uses

NAIL KNOT (Fly line to leader)

  • Requires a small tube (bigger than the fly line) to tie and slightly more complicated
  • Can also be used to connect backing to the fly line
  • Has a smoother finish than the Albright knot

DOUBLE SURGEON’S KNOT (Leader to tippet)


  • Joins the fishing line to the hook, lure, or fly
  • Best to use on light fishing lines (because heavy lines are hard to tiewiththis knot)
  • Responsible for the strength and endurance of the line to hold a fish


  • More suitable for seasoned and experienced fishers
  • Ideal for targeting bigger fishes
  • Enables a long casting distance
  • Good for windy circumstances


  • Recommended for beginners and slightly experienced
  • Enables more accurate and easier control over casting
  • Versatile for various fishing conditions


  • Suitable for inexperienced fishers
  • Provides flexibility and good control over casting
  • Good for smaller bodies of water (rivers and streams)
  • Ideal for targeting smaller fishes
  • Not recommended for windy conditions