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Blood knot

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Use: Joining two lengths of leader material

Description: A good knot for joining lengths of nylon, for example when making up leaders, and if it is tied with the tag end of the length nearest the fly line left long, that end can be used as a dropper. This knot was named after its inventor and it does need some practice to be able to tie it quickly and well.


1. Cross the ends of both lengths of nylon about 100mm from the end. Hold the crossing point between the thumb and fore finger of one hand and use your other hand to take five turns of one line around the other.

2. Pass the end of this line through between the crossover point of the two lines. You will now need to hold the crossover point with the thumb and forefinger of your other hand.

3. Make five turns with the other end round the line and pass the end through the crossover point, as before, but making sure that it is from the opposite direction.

4. Moisten the knot and tighten it slowly by pulling on the main lengths of nylon.

5. Trim off the tag ends.

Graphics of knots drawn by Tim Pegg of Thilmcraft Graphics. E-mail: thilm@paston.co.uk

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