The Albright Knot is a perfect knot to attach you fly line to you fly reel backing. Easy to learn and effective. This knot slides through your guides well when a fish takes you into your backing ( a real good thing!
Start by unwinding 2-3 feet of fly line from the plastic spool it came on (make sure you unwind the end marked ""this end to reel").
- To use the Albright Knot for tying backing to fly line, you start by doubling back a couple of inches of fly line and hold the loop with your left thumb and forefinger. From the right, insert about 10 inches of the backing through the fly line loop.
- While holding the loop, pinch the backing between your left thumb and forefinger, and use your right hand to wrap the backing tag end back over both strands of the fly line and the backing. Start next to your fingers and working toward the loop end, make 1 0 to 12 fairly tight wraps.
- Push the tag end of the backing back through the loop on the side opposite where it originally entered so both backing strands exit on the same side of the loop. Pull on the standing part of the backing to remove the loop you where holding in your left hand. Pull both ends of the fly line backing.
- Pull gently on both ends of the fly line loop with your left hand; squeeze the knot with the fingers of your right hand and work it down to the loop end, but not off the fly line. Moisten the knot. Hold the standing and tag fly line strands in your left hand, and the tag and standing backing strands in your right hand. Pull as tight as possible. Clip off the tag end of the fly line and the backing.
This knot is relatively smooth and will pass through your guides when a fish is stripping line off your reel. Some anglers like to put some Pliobond ( a rubber based cement) over the knot to make it even smoother and decreasing the chances that the knot will get hung on a guide when passing through the rod guides and maybe breaking a light tippet. Optional and up to you.
You're now ready to wind the line over the backing onto the spool. Here's where a friend can help by inserting a pencil through the hole in the line spool and holding it while you wind the line onto the reel spool under slight tension. Once the line is fully transferred to the reel spool, you should have approximately 3/16 inches between the line and the outside rim of the spool. As a final touch, put the pressure sensitive label, "Fly Line Marker," on the reel spool so you can always tell what line is on that spool. This is a great little feature included with Scientific Anglers fly lines and is a very nice touch.
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- Arbor Knot - Used to for connecting your backing to the fly reel.
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- Nail Knot - For connecting your leader to your fly line.
- Double Surgeons Knot - Used to connect your tippet to your leader.
- Improved Clinch Knot - A knot for connecting your fly to your tippet.