Fishing Knots: Rapala Loop Knot – Video Tutorial
The Rapala Loop Knot or non-slip loop knot is a great fly fishing knot to learn, especially if you like to use larger flies. This particular knot secures your fly to the leader within a loop, allowing it to move freely without being fixed in one position. This gives your fly or lure a more natural action in the water and is especially effective for trout, salmon and saltwater flies. The Rapala Knot is best used with tippet sizes of 4x and above, but can easily be used for smaller diameter tippets by simply ‘tucking’ the knot – see figure 3 below for more info.
Rapala Loop Knot Step By Step
- Create a loose overhand knot 2 inches from the end of your leader and pass the tag end through the knot you’ve just created.
- Wrap the tag end 3 times around your tippet above the overhand knot and pass the tag end back through the overhand knot.
- For lighter tippets, thread the tag end through the large loop to tuck the knot. Tucking the knot adds strength for lighter tippets such 5x and below. For larger tippets of 4x and above the tuck is not essential but can still be done for good practice.
- Moisten and pull against the fly and the tippet to ensure the knot is tight and secure.
The Rapala knot is a great way of imparting movement into your flies, and we find it especially effective for patterns such as boobies, snakes flies and streamers that may have a lot of rabbit or marabou in their dressings. We also feel there is no better way to attach our balanced leeches or damsels to give the desired action under a bobber.