Friday, November 30, 2012

Video: Non-Slip Mono Loop Knot versus Clinch Knot

I am working on another tying video, this time of McTage's McLuvin.  While grabbing some underwater footage to add into the video I got curious about how different this fly would act with a non-slip mono loop versus a clinch.  The results were very interesting so I threw it together into a short video.  As you would expect you get a quicker drop with the loop but you also get a much sharper and pronounced action, particularly with this style of fly.  The head-stand is a little more robust and the tail action is much more dramatic.  These are not always good things of course.  There are times when too much action on a fly startles carp but it is very interesting.


I have been slowly transitioning to the non-slip mono loop knot this fall (probably 10 to 15 carp on it so far) because of it's superior strength and sink-rate versus fly weight.  My only complaint is that it uses allot of tippet, otherwise it is a great knot.

6 comments:

  1. That is cool McTage!

    My only reservations are that one, I use the Trilene Knot and like it, and two, when I tried a loop knot it determined how a hook up fly rode, sideways. I'll revisit this though after seeing what you have done.

    Gregg

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    1. There is a distinct possibility the loop will work oddly with certain flies and like I said sometimes too much action is too much. I certainly do not like lateral walk the dog action for carp for example.

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  2. What are your thoughts on using a perfection loop to tie in the fly? Do you know its reliability? It was recommended to me a while back but didn't know if it would be strong enough.

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    1. I don't think I have read anything on the reliability of the perfection loop but in all testing I have read and done myself the non-slip mono is as good or better than any other knot. Vastly superior in strength compared to the clinch. Pretty easy too.

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  3. Big fan of the non slip loop, I teach it in my beginner fly fishing classes. JGR

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    1. That is a good idea. I wish I had learned something besides the clinch first because after 26 years using it the damn fly seems to get tied with that of it's own will. Habits are so hard to break.

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