How to tie a Bloodknot

The Bloodknot is another vital knot in setting up a French / Euro leader. The general duties of this knot is to connect sections of line together that have relatively the same line diameter. I use this knot to tie  droppers onto my French Nymphing leader and definitely in my dry fly leaders to bump down to smaller sections of leader.  This knot is very simple to learn and with a little practice, can be tied in no time flat.

  1. Start by crossing the two lines you want to tie together.
  2. twist the tag end on each side around the running line 5 times in opposite directions, holding on to each end when finished.  (I prefer to do this with both hands twisting in opposite directions at the same time) Do whatever is comfortable for you.
  3. Next bring your fingers together and the line will fold and want to form an overhand circle, then I use one hand to form a pinch point and pinch both tag ends at the bottom of the circle.bloodknot
  4. Next I use other hand to pull on either main line and try to open up the twisted line in the center of the twists, then put one tag end through the front side of the opening you created and one tag end through going the opposite direction of the first.
  5. Next create pinch points with each hand on both the tag end and running line, moisten with saliva, and pull with both hands in opposite directions to tighten knot.  (use your thumbnail to straighten out the barrels of the knot which in turn tightens the knot further)
  6. Clip tag ends closely, and your done!

 

 

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