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Fishing Knots: Dropper/Water Knot – Video Tutorial

Published: 9th March 2020 | Author: Fulling Mill

The water knot or surgeons knot is a must-know knot for any fly fisherman. We think it’s the best knot to attach a dropper to your leader which allows you to use multiple flies on a cast. It’s also a great way to join the same or two different breaking strains tippets together, ideal for creating your own tapered leaders!

Water Knot Step By Step

Water knot step by step
Water knot step by step
Water knot step by step
Water knot step by step

For the lake angler; using multiple flies on a cast for methods such as buzzer fishing, the washing line, and fishing boobies can give you a greater advantage. The extra flies can add weight to drag your cast down through the water column, or simply give you more chance of putting your flies in front of a fish.

For the river angler; the water knot is a great all-round knot, enabling you to taper down a leader with different breaking strains, or even add in a piece of coloured monofilament to create a euro-nymphing set-up. You can also attach a dry fly to a short dropper knot, attach a nymph a couple of feet below on the point to create the Duo set-up.

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See here for more fly fishing knot tutorials or check out our YouTube Channel for other instructional videos.

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