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 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