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.
- Start by crossing the two lines you want to tie together.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Continue reading
The Loop to Loop connection is a very simple and effective way to connect sections of a leader together. The loop makes replacing your leader fast and painless as well. Check out the following diagrams and learn how to easily form loops at the end of your leader as well as how to connect them. There are other loops that you can tie, however this overhand loop in the fastest and simplest way to get you fishing, while its strength and dependability will meet any freshwater challenge.
As far as French / Euro nymphing I use this Loop to Loop connection to add my coiled sighter to the upper section of leader, and the bottom section of the leader to the other end of the coiled sighter. The section of leader below the coiled sighter is very quick and simple to make as its all constructed of the same 5x fluorocarbon. Continue reading
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The first knot in creating a smooth French/ European Nymphing system is a Nailess Nail knot. We will use this knot to construct the upper portion of our French/Euro leader out of 30lb and 20lb monofilament that you see in the diagram above. This knot allows the lines to be connected with a strong and slender knot that will pass through rod guides easily, which is important because this upper section of line is the shooting part of your French/Euro leader. This part of the leader is 18ft long and needs to pass through the eyes easily to avoid problems while casting and landing fish. As with learning any new knot, at first you may have to take a few deep breathes and try not to curse, but with practice comes perfection. Continue reading
No cold is too cold when your catching fish like this!
Its been mighty cold as of late, but for those who venture out in the blustery winds and freezing temps can be greatly rewarded with some great Steelhead fishing! With the Salmon River flows being quite low (for the most part) this winter, Smaller flies and lighter tippets have been key for any Fly Angler, in having a truly successful day on the water. I will start fishing with 6lb fluorocarbon and if the action is slow I will bump down to 4lb making these beasts tough to land.
Setting up your own French Nymphing leader doesn’t have to be a complicated business. Just as in baking a cake, a few simple ingredients when combined create a delectable, tasty treat. Though these fishing tips won’t be making a cake any time soon, they will help any fly angler wanting to give French Nymphing tactics a serious try. This illustration represents the basic lengths and line poundage to make your French/euro nymphing fly fishing tackle more efficient when casting, and more manageable when fishing your flies along the bottom. Listed below are a few fly fishing knots that I prefer when I tie this setup.
- Overhand loop
- Loop to loop connection
For those who are not familiar with these knots, I will be breaking them down individually in the next few articles. So hold on and digest this diagram first and get your fingers nimble by practicing the knots you do know. Continue reading