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Favorite Tippet >> fly knots on the UL forum
Improved Clinch knot 37%  37%  [ 43 ]
Trilene knot 3%  3%  [ 4 ]
Uni-knot (Duncan loop) 9%  9%  [ 10 ]
Turle knot (or variation) 4%  4%  [ 5 ]
Davy knot 24%  24%  [ 28 ]
Orvis knot 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Palomar knot 2%  2%  [ 2 ]
16-20 (Pitzen) knot 3%  3%  [ 3 ]
Non-slip mono loop (Kreh) knot 9%  9%  [ 10 ]
Other 8%  8%  [ 9 ]
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:02 pm • # 21 
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I think the ease of tying the Davy makes it a great knot for beginners like me. I have realized that I need to use two wraps around the side loop with the tag end for it to hold on small tippet.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:51 pm • # 22 
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I use the Turle knot on all but straight eye flies. The Turle is the only knot shown, I believe, that leaves the bulk of the knot behind the eye, so the tippet is always in line with the hook shank, helping dry flies to sit properly.

I use the Cleave knot when my palsy is really bad. It is a hoot to watch me tie on a fly sometimes. :)


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:43 am • # 23 
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I have over the last few years moved from the Turle to the Pitzen as was finding Turle was definitley the weak link in the finer diameter mono's.

For double strength (prestretched) mono, I have found that the more turns in a knot the better it tends to hold. I use 3 turns in my pitzen or surgeons knots down to 15lb, the 4 turns to 6lb and below that 5 turns. I find for the very small increase in knot bulk, the fact that the pressure of the knot is spread over extra turns for lower the diameters makes them very much reliable with higher breaking strengths.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:40 pm • # 24 
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Clinch knot works if I moisten and test. I'm also old and set in my ways. ...but then again trout I bring in don't tend to be the behemoths either...


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:05 pm • # 25 
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clinch hands down


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:22 pm • # 26 
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I tie the Imp. Clinch but I dont draw it up tight to the eye. I leave a small loose loop so the fly can move easily. Most bluegill and smallish bass wont budge the knot, but the bigger bass will tighten the knot to the eye.

Ive been tying this knot for as long as I can remember - I cant figure out the Davy Knot.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:24 pm • # 27 
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Improved clinch knot..............Don in SC


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:28 pm • # 28 
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I tend to use the uni knot for larger or dry flies, thicker tippet, the davey knot for small flies, the perfection loop for streamers/anything that needs additional movement.
Most importantly, i know exactly how to tie them even with cold fingers or in the dark, so i always know where my breaking strain is. In my opinion more important to tie the knot in a reliable and predictable manner than ultra strong knots or expensive tippet material.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:29 pm • # 29 
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Davy knot, and the Orvis knot. For a loop either mono or canoe.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:59 pm • # 30 
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Davy knot for me. I use it on everything from #20 midges to clousers for saltwater. So easy to tie and really strong. I've had big redfish on and the knot has never failed.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 12:47 am • # 31 
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I'm surprised to see all the love for the San Diego Jam knot. It's my favorite too, particularly good in fluoro.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 01, 2014 7:40 pm • # 32 
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Double Davy knot .


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:43 pm • # 33 
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Orvis knot for tippit to leader
Davy or clinch for fly to tippit -- I have mastered tying both of these with hemostats, an important factor for me.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:52 am • # 34 
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I like the perfection loop. Lets the fly act a little more natural in my opinion.

Freezing hands - clinch not.

Barry


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:51 am • # 35 
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Davy for tippet to hook, never had one fail yet, and I've caught 20" rainbows to 28" carp on Davy's in the past few months, all on sketchy, un-checked, Davy knots.

Triple surgeon for leader to tippet, leader to sighter, etc.

Davy for tippet to tippet ring.

Andy


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 5:43 pm • # 36 
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MarlTroutBum wrote:
For tippet to fly - the Clinch knot (not the improved version) for dries, wets, nymphs, a loop knot for streamers.

For tippet to leader - a double or triple surgeons knot.




Same except for streamers I use the Rapala knot.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:44 am • # 37 
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I'm a creature of habit. I've used the clinch knot to tie line to the hook since I began fishing, more than 45 years ago. Today I use it still on every fly, hook, lure ( sorry, sometimes I sin), on every size hook from #28 to 3/4 oz jig heads.

I furl my own leaders to which I add tippet to the end via a perfection loop. To add a dropper line, on large flies, I try to remember to tie in a mono loop at the back of the fly when I tie them. On smaller flies, I two legs on my tippet, one for the dry, one for the dropper that way, the nymph doesn't try to sink the dry as much.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:04 am • # 38 
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When I'm standing out in the Skykomish River and it's 22 F, my hands are freezing and
the eyes on my rod are frozen shut, I want to spend as little time as possible messing
around tying flies to my tippet. I use the Davy double and I'm through tying. I will also
use the non-slip loop knot. Both knots are easy to tie and have never let me down.

Crunchy


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:04 am • # 39 
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I've pretty much settled on the Improved Clinch knot, sometimes I do double surgeons knots to join lines or make loops. No failures so far ;)


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:00 pm • # 40 
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Double davy. I've had an occasional failure from the single davy but not the double. Even the double is really easy to tie.


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