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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Mntman888 on Oct 14, 2013October 14th, 2013, 7:17 am EDT
I have no thumb on my left hand & 3 fingers that don't work very well. Any ideas on some simple knots for leader to tippet it's really a struggle
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Sayfu on Oct 14, 2013October 14th, 2013, 7:36 am EDT
I've got a great knot compliments of Kurt! I tie twisted, mono leaders, and end my 7' no tippet leader with about a foot of doubled over twisted mono, say 0X if your tippet is going to be smaller than 0X. Twisted with a tippet RING included in the very small twisted loop at the end. Then the other end is knotted to prevent untwisting, and then surgeons knotted to the upstream section. This procedure creates a BIMINI twist that does not compromise the diameter of the 0X in anyway. Then you tie a 4-5 twist "unimproved" clinch knot to the tippet ring for your tippets Whatever diameter you want--6x-1X. If you are a decent caster, as my fishing partner IS NOT!.....one leader can last you all season. A regular leader could be used. Cut a leader back to above .011, and then include your foot, or so of twisted bimini with the ring included. The rings do not impair any flotation of the dry fly. You probably would have to get someone to tie the prepared leader, or two without the tippet that ends in the ring. Rings come in 3 different sizes, and the medium size should suffice for all uses.
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Sayfu on Oct 14, 2013October 14th, 2013, 7:51 am EDT
I'm slightly slow at thinkin. I need time. Give me your address, and I will send you three of my creations with the ring included. What wt rod do you fish with? I am a heavy handed Westerner that wants the leader turned over well, and the leaders I like are color coded with a flexible, twisted butt section of .024 that needs to get nail knotted to the line,(3 turns only for the nail knot) not loop to loop. My loop to loop is at the end of my butt section.

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Cptenn94 on Apr 29, 2015April 29th, 2015, 10:42 pm EDT
I would think you could tie 2 perfection loops and do a loop to loop connection. However I do not know whether or not that would affect the performance and energy transfer in the line during cast.


Also another loop knot would be the surgeons end.


I am not sure which is stronger or easier to tie.

A knot I find that works well enough for tying tippet to the fly is the double davy knot.


I dont know what kind of fish you go after or how strong they are, but you could also just tie a overhand knot loop, and do a loop to loop connection. However if you were to do this, I would not trust the knot to be very strong, only that it is functional.

I hope this helps, I would be able to possibly give more options, but I do not know which fingers you have that work well. And me personally I tie a blood knot to connect leader and tippet, and that is hard enough with all fingers and good dexterity.
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York & Starlight PA

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Wbranch on Apr 30, 2015April 30th, 2015, 3:02 am EDT
Here is an amazing site with tutorials to tie over fifty different fishing knots.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
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Martinlf on Apr 30, 2015April 30th, 2015, 5:04 am EDT
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

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