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.”
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.
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