Fly-Fishing Knots and Connections

Fly-Fishing Knots and Connections

by Lefty Kreh

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Overview

You've come to fish at the right time, selected the correct lure, made the perfect presentation, and the fish of your lifetime has taken your offering. Your chances for fighting and landing it are now as strong as the weakest link in the line between your reel and the fish. Is now the time to wonder whether the materials you selected and the knots you tied were the best choice for the conditions?
In Fly-Fishing Knots and Connections, legendary fly fisherman Lefty Kreh tells anglers everything they need to know about what may be the most crucial aspect of successful angling-the connections between the reel, backing, fly line, leader, and tippet. Lefty's years of painstaking research and testing pay off with hard and fast rules as he shows:
- The fundamentals of tying all knots
- The nine most important knots every angler should know
- How to connect fly to tippet, tippet to leader, leader to line, line to backing, and backing to reel
- The finer points of shooting-head-type fly lines
- How to build leaders for freshwater and saltwater applications
- How to use "bite" or "shock" tippets
- How to tie droppers

Anglers of all skill levels will find Fly-Fishing Knots and Connections a compact, handy, and indispensable reference that they will consult over and over again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592283118
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lefty Kreh is an internationally known and respected master in the field of fly fishing. He has taught fly-casting and fly-fishing techniques since the 1950s, and he has fished in all fifty states, every province in Canada, Iceland, and much of Europe, South America, and the South Pacific. Lefty is the author of Presenting the Fly, Fly Fishing in Salt Water, Saltwater Fly Patterns, Practical Fishing Knots, Solving Casting Problems, and 101 Fly-Fishing Tips. He lives in Maryland.

Table of Contents

Introduction7
Glossary9
Tying the Nine Essential Knots13
Knot Tying Fundamentals13
The Nine Essential Knots19
Backing Tips and Tricks59
Backing Tips59
Some Backing Tricks64
Fly Line Connections69
Connecting Backing to Fly Line69
Connecting the Fly Line to the Leader70
Connections to Modify Fly Lines82
Shooting Heads89
A Word about Shooting Heads89
Connecting Shooting Heads and Shooting Lines92
Modifying Shooting Heads96
Connections to Modify Leaders103
The Basic Tapered Leader103
The Dry-Fly Leader106
Basic Saltwater and Freshwater Leader with Bite Tippet110
Special Saltwater Leader with Bite Tippet114
Connecting the Bite Leader to the Fly115
Adding Droppers to the Leader120
Index124

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