For some reason fly fishermen put significantly less time and focus into their knots than our saltwater brethren. Even those that play in both fresh and saltwater will tend to use more sophisticated rigging when fishing the salt.
Obviously freshwater fish are usually smaller and weaker than saltwater fish. Most of the time it just doesn't make much sense to put to much time and effort into rigging for freshwater. Those of us that fly fish for carp, salmon, steelhead and a couple of others need to make a better effort. As a matter of fact I need to make a better effort.
I am pretty happy with my tippet knot. I use a Bimini twist to a double surgeons and basically never lose fish at that connection. Where I need work and help is at the fly. I have been using the good old improved clinch since I was about 9 years old. It is not the best option, but I am comfortable with it and can tie it quickly and very very consistently.
It is time for a change and has been for quite some time. Unfortunately I have had a hard time making a switch. The main problem stems from my unholy and probably irrational addiction to flourocarbon in the 2x to 4x range for carp.
You can find lots of great data (and I mean data not conjecture) on the Internet for flouro in heavy saltwater gauges. The answer seems simple and that is the San Diego Jam Knot. Unfortunately I have worked and worked with that knot but either can't get it tied correctly or it just doesn't work in smaller sizes.
You can also find a ton of information on the internet comparing knot strengths in mono. This article by Art Sheck is simply amazing. If you use mono read this (pay special attention to what he says about tippet knots) and stop there. The problem is that flouro and mono just do not and I repeat absolutely positively do not perform at all the same when it comes to knot strength. I spent several hours the other night running similar trials with 3x Flouroflex plus. Either I am not tying most of the fancy knots in his article correctly or they just dont work as well in flouro because the good old clinch smoked them all....except the 16-20! With the 16-20 it killed the clinch on the first trial and every trial after that where I got the knot to pop when I sinched it. Sweet.
Anybody else use this knot? I am pretty pumped about it.
WINTER FLY-CARPIN RESOLUTION #1: MASTER THE 16-20