What is the best knot to attach fly line to backing?

Arbor Knot
The Arbor Knot, to connect the Reel to the Backing We strongly recommend you attach your fly line to backing, which goes on the reel spool first. Backing comes in different strengths, usually 20 lbs or 30 lbs.

How do you attach a leader to a fly line loop?

Pass the end of the leader through the loop on the end of the fly line. 3. Pull the line and the leader away from each other, until the loops slide together to form what looks like a square knot. You may have to help the knots pass through the loops with your fingers.

Is it bad to tie a fly line to a loop?

Hand tied fly line loop with a loop to loop connection. Worst thing ever. Don’t do this. Some new guys might not remember when fly lines shipped without loops on both ends. About a decade ago, the trend started with high end lines, and it filtered down to the rest. Ninety percent of fly lines these days come with welded loops.

Can a leader be attached to a fly line?

Sometimes the worst things become the most popular. The industry standard for attaching a leader to a fly line is the loop to loop connection. It’s supposed to be easy. And it’s certainly more accessible to most anglers than tying a nail knot. But the loop to loop has a couple inherent failings that cause major problems.

How do you attach a leader to a loop?

A simple clinch knot is all that’s needed to attach the leader to a fly line loop. Treat it like the eye of a fly and tie it in. Don’t “improve” the clinch knot with that final move back through the loop either — it’s unnecessary and adds bulk. The slim profile is exactly why this method works.

Can you tie a nail knot to a fly line?

But you can’t perform that magic trick on the river. Also, tying a nail knot requires its own set of contortions, and even if you can tie a clean one on the river, it wastes a lot more leader material when tied. I’ll also argue that it’s no slimmer than the clinch knot to a loop in the fly line.