Get all knotted up - with the surgeon's knot
A 'how-to-tie' guide for some of the most popular fishing knots
The surgeon's knot is more commonly used in fly fishing to join two lines of unequal size, like a tippet to a leader.
EDITOR’S NOTE: With fishing action in full swing this summer, we thought now would be a great time to highlight a series on several basic fishing knots that can be used by a variety of anglers.
Last week we highlighted the Albright knot.
Today we tackle the surgeon’s knot, which is a simple modification to a reef knot.
It’s commonly used in fly fishing to join two lines of moderately unequal size, like a tippet to a leader.
Remember to moisten your line before pulling tight, especially for fluorocarbon that’s easily damaged by heat from friction.
How to tie a surgeon’s knot:
1. Place leader next to the mainline.
2. Form an overhand knot by passing the long end of the leader and tag end of the mainline through the loop.
3. Form a second overhand knot by passing the same ends through the loop.
4. Moisten and tighten by pulling all four ends slowly. Trim tag ends.
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