The “Davy Knot”–You have to try this!

As I was considering a number of ways to attach a loop for my fly line-to-leader connection, I came across a reference to a very simple knot for attaching the fly to the tippet.  It’s called the “Davy Knot”, and I can’t believe how both simple and strong this knot is.  Dave Wotten, Coach of the U.S. World Youth Flyfishing Team, developed this knot to minimize the time it takes to tie on a fly and allow more time for the fly to be on the water.   As the old Chinese proverb goes, “A fly out of water catches no fish.”

The Davy Knot

Not only easy and fast, it also reduces the heat stress that so many knots, like the Clinch and Improved Clinch, impart on the tippet above the knot, causing the curls in, and weakening, the tippet.  It also minimizes the tippet waste because only the length of the tag line you “pinch” just before you tighten the knot remains.  You can pinch as little or as much as you wish.  With practice, you can pinch so little that you don’t even need to trim the tag.

For a link to a web site with pictures showing how to tie the knot, CLICK HERE.  Try it and let me know what you think.

Visit our new Trout in the Classroom Page

Sponsored by Trout Unlimited, Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education tic-2011-006program in which students in grades k-12 . . .

  • raise trout from eggs to fry.
  • monitor tank water quality.
  • engage in stream habitat study.
  • learn to appreciate water resources.
  • begin to foster a conservation ethic.
  • grow to understand ecosystems.

Visit our Trout in the Classroom Page for more information, links, and pictures of recent brook trout releases by our local students.

Hazel River

A nice hole on the Hazel River

Rapidan Chapter President Rob Paul and Fred W Fox explored the upper Hazel River on May 6.  Air temp upper 60’s, watertemp. 53 deg. F., and partly cloudy.  Hazel River flow at the Rixeyville gauge was 625 cfs. Obviously the flow was a lot lower in the headwaters, but Rixeyville is a reference for the watershed.   From the Shenandoah National Park trail-head, we hiked in 1.5 miles, sampling a few pools along the well-maintained trail.  Excellent stream profile and water flow, clear and slightly above average for this time of year.  Saw at least 5 different species of mayflies above the stream, from Sulphurs to those big brown ones almost the size of hummingbirds.

Started fishing at about 1800′ elevation.  Neither of us saw a rise form the entire day and only 1 or 2 fish were seen in the water column (swimming to cover).  Net result:  using dry flies of multiple pattern, two plump brook trout caught and 2 – 3 additional  hookups.  Also met some of residents near the trailhead and made goodwill contacts.

Our general impression was that although this was a gorgeous stream and looked fishy, there just weren’t many trout in there.  A different season, different part of the stream (perhaps higher) and different tactics may produce.  Any readers who have different experiences on this stream please comment.

May 4 Rapidan Fish With a Friend Cancelled

The Rapidan River May 4 FWF event has been cancelled due to high water & poor fishing.

MAY 14, 2011 Fish With a Friend Passage Creek

Hi All-Lets meet Jim Hart at Fish Hatchery Rd bridge off of Fort Valley Rd/Route 55 west of Front Royal. Bring BH nymphs & dry flies.

May 20, 2011 Fish With a Friend Jackson River cancelled