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. Continue reading
  • How to tie an Overhand Loop and get your loops together on your French/Euro Nymphing Leader.

    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.

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    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

  • How to tie a Nailess Nail knot with an Albright for your French or Euro Nymphing Leader

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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

  • How to put the “Coils” in motion with a French Nymphing leader setup!

    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.

    • Bloodknot
    • 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

  • French and European Nymphing “Making the Switch?”

    Brown trout caught while using French Nymphing techniqueWhat about you?  Ever think you might like to try French or European Nymphing fly fishing techniques on your home waters someday?  What do you think brought so many other fishermen to decide to do this?  Some reasons for going that route are extensive and variable.  But a couple of driving factors are they have seen or heard that it’s effective and excels at catching plenty of trout.   Many people contemplate it, but quickly get discouraged and do not  actually even get started.  Others don’t take the time to learn enough of what is involved to even know how to get started.

    Have you considered it?  Do you still have questions about whether to test French and European Nymphing fly fishing techniques on your home waters or not?  To help you put things in focus, think about these three points in favor:

    • First,  Casting and Control.  These fly fishing techniques allow you to effectively cast and fish a team of flies much farther from you and fish them with far more control than more traditional nymphing methods.  In traditional nymphing methods the casting is more of an upstream lob or roll cast with heavy weighted flies likely causing a sore arm at the end of the day. Not with the Euro methods, they cast more like a dry fly.  Executing a cast consists of picking your team of nymphs off the water and false casting them back parallel with the river avoiding snags and overhanging limbs such a you would with a dry fly, then catapulting them forward and away from you to the target.  Once the cast is made, immediately the slack is picked up off the water with a few short hand retrievals and the rod is lifted and tilted downstream exposing the coiled or straight sighter (a.k.a indicator) from the water  in a manner that leads the flies through a stretch of water, yet allows them to drift slowly along the bottom.  This is where the good stuff happens!  When the flies have drifted to you, start your false cast and slingshot them forward again into place to repeat the process.  With very little time spent casting and false casting you can really cover some ground with French and European Nymphing techniques. Continue reading